19. 11. 2021

Katedrala Hall

Focus: Robertina Šebjanič

Atlantic Tales: Selachophilia: Cetorhinus maximus – Limaria hians

immersive audiovisual narrative

Atlantic Stories 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.

Robertina Šebjanič (SI) based in Ljubljana. Her art – research focus is since several years into cultural, (bio)political, chemical and biological realities of aquatic environments, which serves as a starting point to investigate and tackle the philosophical questions on the intersection of art, technology and science.Her ideas and concepts are often realized in collaboration with others, through interdisciplinary and informal integration in her work. She was awarded with Honorary Mention @Prix Ars Electronica 2016, STARTS2020 and  STARTS2016 nomination and nomination for the White Aphroid award. Robertina was SHAPE platform 2017 artist. 2018 she was a resident artist at Ars Electronica (EMARE / EMAP). Her art work Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator (artist proof) is since 2019 part of the the BEEP Electronic Art Collection, Spain.


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

Production 2021: Kino Šiška in Zavod Sektor (Project manager: Anja Zver)

The sound piece is part of the Aerial/Sparks project curated by Louise Manifold. The project debuted in September 2020 at Inis Oírr Island, as part of the programme of Galway ECC 2020.


Immersive audiovisual narrative Atlantic Stories are on display on Thursday, 18 November 2021 7 PM – 10 PM and on Friday, 19 November 3 PM – 9 PM

Ticket price: 2 eur

Tickets can also be purchased with the BON21 voucher at the Kino Šiška box office from Monday to Friday between 3 and 8 PM or on the day of the event. You can read more about the requirements for using the voucher on the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia website.

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