Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator

Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator                                                                                   interactive installation (live moon jellyfish) (2014)

Project ‘Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator’ addresses the possibilities of coexistence of animals and machines. In contrast to robots, which are driven by digital artificial intelligence, the project uses a live organism to process the “aliveness” of a simple machine.

Aurelia 1+hz Photo- Hana Jošić
photo by Hana Jošić

 

The Aurelia 1+Hz project is divided in two parts; the performance proto viva sonification looks into a new critical redefinition of social values and new attitude towards cohabitation of interspecies while the installation proto viva generator deals with the biopolicy of prolonging life.

Aurelia 1+Hz/proto viva generator (interactive installation 2014) addresses the possibilities of coexistence of humans, animals and machines. The project uses living organisms to process “aliveness” of a simple robotic machine.
The installation addresses two entities – jellyfish and robot – separated, but if they merged into one, causing new biocybernetic organism to occur: Would “it” be able to live forever?

In the era of the Sixth Extinction of species, after pulsating through the world’s seas and oceans for over 500 million years without ever being endangered, the jellyfish are the perfect evolutional archive, showing us potential moves the future might make. The eternity of the jellyfish – some are even immortal as a species – has been fueling even the most ancient human thoughts on eternal life, on the mythical search for the fountain of youth and on immortality.

Improved living conditions in a technologically advanced world enable us to lead a significantly longer life than in the past. But how long is long enough? The answer to this question appears to be in the hands of the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, which use the powers of biopolitics and capital to divide our society into those who are able to prolong their life, and into those who are merely trying to survive. The historical tactics of civilizations trying to ensure their cultural immortality are today contrasted by the biotechnological possibilities of actually designing and controlling life, demanding a new, critical redefinition of social values.

Living organism

Jellyfish used in frames of the project are from the species of Aurelia Aurita or moon jellyfish. It is the most common jellyfish that is to be found in all seas and oceans and, at the same time, modular organism in the laboratories for jellyfish research.

Aquariums & maintainers of living organisms

The aquariums that are used in frames of the project are developed by Cubic Aquarium Systems and are built in a way that enables these organisms to have the best possible experience in closed habitat.

 

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video about the concept and reaserch of the project Aurelia 1+Hz 

The Aurelia 1+Hz project is divided in two parts; the performance proto viva sonification looks into a new critical redefinition of social values and new attitude towards cohabitation of interspecies while the installation proto viva generator deals with the biopolicy of prolonging life.

Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification is an interactive performance that explores the phenomena of interspecies’ communication. It features live transmitted sound generated by Aurelia Aurita jellyfish and performer. Sound loops containing recordings of jellyfish in closed environment and prerecorded sonic experiments from the sea are mixed in generative score which is assembled into immersive sonic and visual experience.

 

Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator is an installation that addresses the possibilities of coexistence of humans, animals and machines. The project uses living organisms to process “aliveness” of a simple robotic machine. The installation addresses two entities – jellyfish and robot – separated, but if they merged into one, causing new biocybernetic organism to occur, would they be able to live eternal life?

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Photos of Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator at Gallery Kapelica:

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ROBERTINA ŠEBJANIČ: ‘Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator

ROBERTINA ŠEBJANIČ: ‘Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator

photos by Miha Fras

 

Interview about the project with Jurij Krpan, curator and art director of Gallery Kapelica:

press:

Neural:

http://neural.it/2015/11/aurelia-1hz-proto-viva-generator/

‘Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator’ on Slovenian national TV:

http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/prispevki-in-izjave-kultura/174302560

‘Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator’ on Studio City an show of Slovenian national TV @ 37’30”:

http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/studio-city/174302544 

 

ROBERTINA ŠEBJANIČ Aurelia 1+Hz proto viva generator galerija kapelica
photo by Miha Fras

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Evening talk about stem cell technology, regenerative medicine & physical immortality at Gallery Kapelica

with Robertina Šebjanič, ‘Aurelia 1+Hz’ project authoand guests:

Mojca Jež
(Use of blood stem cells for human heart regeneration // PhD biotechnologist and researcher at the Blood Transfusion Center of Slovenia),

Luka Mohorič
(Stem cell therapy in veterinary medicine // Head of laboratory at Animacel )

Gjino Šutić
(Scaffolds for 3D human tissue engineering – SRCE 2.0 project // Researcher and founder of the UR Institute)

Evening talk about stem cell technology, regenerative medicine & physical immortality 01

photo by UR Institute

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Concept and realization_ Robertina Šebjanič

Programming and consultancy_ Slavko Glamočanin

Mechanical part development and consultancy_ Miha Presker

Care of biological part and consultancy_ Kristijan Tkalec

Consultancy_ prof. dr. Alenka Malej, Marine biology station Piran, Slovenia

Exhibition _ Gallery Kapelica Ljubljana, Slovenia [30. October – 19 November, 2014]

Presented_ Evening talk about stem cell technology, regenerative medicine & physical immortality at Gallery Kapelica Ljubljana, Slovenia [19 November, 2014]

 

Production_ Gallery Kapelica and Zavod Praksa,

Year of production_October 2014

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana Department for Culture

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special thanks:

 

Cubic Aquarium Systems

cubic aquarium

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Short sci – fi movie by director Senad Toromanović and his team // inspired by project Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator – exhibited November 2014 at Gallery Kapelica