collaborators: Jan Turk, Mirjan Švagelj
8 Dec 2018 – 15 Jan 2019
Opening: Sat 8 Dec 2018 at 12:00pm (noon)
Bioartists Saša Spačal tackles the pressing issue of influence of human progress and ecology. The work with eloquent title Plastic_ity focuses on problematics of microplastic particles in the soil. In collaboration with Jan Turk, responsible for sound and adviced by Mirjan Švagelj, PhD in biomedicine, the artist created a sound installation that speaks about the porosity of soil and its inhabitants.
“Ground layers are formed due to the diversity of uneven processes of metabolism in soil and are different due to numerous characteristics, such as humus content, colour, humidity, well developed root architecture, in the era of Anthropocene also by the level and different kinds of microplastics. Microscopic earth animals thus redistribute and process the contents of the soil together with various particles of microplastics that are produced by humankind.”
As she says, with the installation she “is trying to give voice to the micro-fauna of our ground to be able to tell us how human activity penetrates deep underground layers as well.”
Saša Spačal is Slovenian multimedia artists, graphic designer, researcher of living systems and bioartist. She has exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival, Prix Cube Exhibition, Transmediale Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Eyebeam, Cynetart Festival, National Art Museum of China, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova – MSUM+, Kapelica Gallery, Pixelache festival, Device_art, Art Laboratory Berlin, Kiblix Festival, Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, and the Lisboa Soa festival. For her work in collaboration with Mirjan Švagelj and Anil Podgornik MyConnect she was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention 2015 and nominated for Prix Cube 2016.
Saša is one of the leading members of ČIPke, an initiative that researches the situation of women in scientific technical context and postmedia art, member of music collective Theremidi Orchestra, an audio-visual DIY community.
artist: Saša Spačal
sound design: Jan Turk
counseling and construction: dr. Mirjan Švagelj
introduction: Sebastjan Kovač
workshop: Gaja Mežnarič Osole and Andrej Koruza, Trajna Collective
curation, organisation: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman
production: Cona, 2018