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Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing

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 the aquatic species. ‘Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing’ acts as an activation of (sy)(e)mpathia.

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

The Zero Pollution Adriatic, includes:

– art installation Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing by Robertina Šebjanič, 

– technological innovation S.M.A.R.T Urchin by Marjan Žitnik, benthic chamber in situ by Robertina Šebjanič,

– workshops and a ZPA Social Innovation initiative developed by Robertina Šebjanič and  Gjino Šutić & Filip Grgurević (Ur institute team)

Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing by Robertina Sebjanic


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

*The Zero Pollution Adriatic was commissioned by UR Institute 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.

Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing at Ars Electronica 2022, photos by Miha Godec

Photos fro the research / residency STARST4Water ZeroPollutionAdriatic, photos by Tanja Minarik, Robertina Šebjanič