Aquatocene / Subaquatic quest for serenity

Aquatocene* / The subaquatic quest for serenity investigates the phenomenon of underwater noise pollution created by humankind in the world’s seas and oceans. The audio compositions of the subaquatic soundscape encourage us to reflect upon the anthropogenic sonic impact on the underwater habitat and marine life, as well as illuminate awareness and underscore the importance of maintaining safe sound environments for animals living in the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. The sound compositions are a re-mix between the bioacoustics of marine life (shrimps, fish, sea urchins etc.), the aquatic acoustics and the presence of human generated noise in the world’s oceans and seas. Underwater noise effects a great number of marine life forms which depend on the sub-aquatic sonic environment to survive.

*Aquatocene – is a series of research-based artworks initiated by Robertina Šebjanič that deals with cultural, (bio)political and ecological realities of human presence at aquatic environments and its consequences / challenges.



Artist (development / sound recording / sound editing): Robertina Šebjanič

Production support (2016 – 2017): Kibla, Bunker, Zavod Praksa, Piksel festival, residency program at Roscoff Marine Station, Sektor

Special thanks to: Annick Bureaud, Miha Ciglar, Acouspade™Directional Speaker, MY studio- Yann Jaffiol, UR Institute, Slavko Glamočanin, PORTIZMIR#3, Miha Colner

Project was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and MOL – Department for Culture, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso