Robertina Šebjanič in Dubrovnik during the STARST4Water ZeroPollutionAdriatic residency, photo: Tanja Minarik

In her creative practice, Slovenian new media artist Robertina Šebjanič deals with the relationship between man and nature, deeply reflecting on human intervention in the environment and on socio-political and economic structures based on the principle of growth in production and consumption. Her works are interdisciplinary, often very poetic, and at the same time strongly connected with science and other areas of social activity.

In Rijeka, we will present her solo exhibition entitled Tidal (Sy)(e)mpathia, showing two of her recent works: Echinoidea Future – Adriatic Sensing and Atlantic Tales. It encompasses the interdependent relationship between humans and the environment, demonstrating how our actions directly impact the seas and oceans around us, and recognizes the shared experience of all creatures, no matter how small or large.

The exhibition will open in the Filodrammatica Gallery (Korzo 28/1, Rijeka) on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. After the opening, it remains on view until February 17, 2023. Admission is free.


Gallery opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 4 – 8 p.m.

Have a listen to Robertina Šebjanič’s audio guide through the exhibition, made by (in English)




– installation, 2022

Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

The artwork Echinoidea Future – Adriatic Sensing addresses the current biogeological and morphological conditions in the sea urchin environment, which is aquaformed by anthropogenic liquid waste, resulting in low oxygen levels in the seawater. Exploring the stressors of the local/global human footprint, the project demonstrates the resilience of aquatic species. ‘Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing’’ acts as activation of (sy)(e)mpathia.

The main research was carried out within The Zero Pollution Adriatic residency produced by UR Institute in the frame of STARTS4Water and took place in the coastal region of the southern Adriatic in Dubrovnik.

The work had its premiere at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz in September 2022


Artist (concept, sound & video editing, execution): Robertina Šebjanič

Video support A.I.: Tanja Minarik

Scientific advisory: dr. Alenka Malej, dr. Matjaž Ličer; UR Institute: Gjino Šutić, Filip Grgurević; Institute for Marine and Coastal Research University of Dubrovnik: dr. Marijana Hure, dr. Valter Kozul

Production: UR Institute

Production support: Zavod Sektor, PiNA, Miha Godec, Ivanka Pasalic (Glassblowing), David Drolc (Metal construction)

Special thanks to: Martina Gluhan, Marjan Žitnik

Echinoidea Future – Adriatic Sensing was commissioned by UR Institute (The Zero Pollution Adriatic), within the framework of STARTS4Water, funded by S+T+ARTS, an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

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immersive audiovisual narrative, 2019-2021 / * only on the opening day of the exhibition

Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

Atlantic Tales intertwine mythology and science and speak about the complexity of tackling challenges in the Anthropocene era.

The narrative talks of the depths of the waters and the dark projections for the future if man’s (destructive) footprint continues to grow, as has been the trend in recent decades. The seas and oceans are changing rapidly, and our knowledge about their changes, which are often the result of human intervention, is expanding more slowly and is often wrapped in the long-established separation and distinction between the impact of human activity on land and at sea.

How do the oceans feel the actions of man, how do his actions affect the inhabitants of the oceans and seas, and what could the beings living in them tell us about this if
we understood or wanted to understand them? The protagonists of the story are the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and the flame shell (Limaria hians), a small endemic species, both of which the author encountered during her stay on the research science ship RV Celtic Explorer on an expedition in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The immersive installation intertwines the story, sung in the traditional Irish sean-nós style, with the narration of a storyteller and field recordings from above and below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.


Artist (concept, development, text, sound design): Robertina Šebjanič

Sean-nós vocals: Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin, Róisín Seoighe

Narration: Polona Torkar

Recording of narration: Rok Kovač

Sound mastering: Aleš Hieng Zergon

Production 2019–2020: Aerial/Sparks, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

PProduction 2021: Kino Šiška & Zavod Sektor (Project manager: Anja Zver)

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☛ Filodrammatica Gallery, Korzo 28/1, Rijeka

26 January – 17 February, 2023

Thursday, 26 January, at 7 p.m.

MON-FRI from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. & from 4 to 8 p.m.
SAT 4 to 8 p.m.
(closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Robertina Šebjanič _ A3 poster _ design Oleg Šuran




Robertina Šebjanič is an artist/ researcher whose work explores the ecological, geopolitical and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. Her projects call for developing empathetic strategies aimed at recognising the more-than-human entities. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms "aquatocene" and "aquaforming" to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments. Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls and others. (photo: Tanja Kanazir)
Robertina Šebjanič, Galerija Filodrammatica _ foto Tanja Kanazir

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