Pikslo_deep_diving / underwater interception of the nordic sea | Robertina Šebjanič, Kat Austen, Gjino Šutič, Slavko Glamočanin


Pikslo_deep_diving / underwater interception of the nordic sea

World seas and oceans are presenting more than 70% of surface of Earth. 97% of it is salt water, 2% is fresh water in the form of ice and only the remaining 1% is drinking water, which is distributed around the planet very unevenly.The exploration of any ecosystem requires detailed study and observation. The ocean is the complex, challenging, and harsh environment on Earth and accessing it requires specially designed tools and technology. It has only been within the last50 years that technology has advanced to the point that we can examine the ocean in a systematic, scientific, and non invasive way. Our ability to observe the ocean environment and its resident creatures has finally caught up with our imaginations and helping us to understand it also in the ways that we did not imagine them before.“Already back at the renaissance 1490 Leonardo da Vinci observed how the sound of ships travelled long distances underwater. Seafaring, while not in its infancy, was a “life driven” technology; the power of wind and human muscle generated the only anthropogenic noises in the sea. Over the next 400 years, ocean noise began increasing exponentially” * (from the Soundscape The Journal of Acoustic Ecology )and it started to overtake also the sound scape environment of the animals.

The workshop / project would encourage an inter-relationship between sound,nature, and society, as a starting point for the rethinking of the possible development of nicer sonic environments for the animals living in the world’s oceans and sea’s. The underwater sound pollution is the reality of recent development and industrialization reflecting on the sea. Especially the upper level of the seas – where there is most of the living in the seas and independent by the level of the sonic pollution in the sea. We would also try to research the deep sea level to understand what is happening there.A lot of knowledge regarding the seas in Norway we will also use is under this link: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/nordic-seas/


Practical implementation of the workshop

During the 5 day work-intensive interdisciplinary research, the four main mentors and collaborators would open the process of the exploration of the context of DIYbiology, DIY chemistry and sound. A DIY laboratory in the context of the Pikselfestival would be main environment of the development of the workshop. We will spend time out on the field trips to the fjords and surroundings in Bergen to collect needed data. In the DIY laboratory we will work with the material we will gather at the field trips.


Collaboration by Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Kat Austen (UK/D), Slavko Glamočanin (SI), Gjino Šutić (CRO).