Mapping memories or new research about the river Krka /Galerija Simulaker NM/ Slovenia

 

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In the last six months I have been reseaching general problematics  and facts about river Krka, which is one of the “greenest rivers in Slovenia”. Krkas flow is quite slow and short, but  special for its region which is known for many caves and intermittent waters.

Krkas problem is not its “city captivity” but chemical pollution, which destroied rivers rich underwaters life; many sorts of fishes, shells and autochtonous species of crabs. Krka has shaped and gae life to many local smiths, millers and farms.  Its transparant green colour is long time gone, however, the river kept its stillness and green algaeis, which make rivers character unique.

Krka is passing quite short way from its origin. On its way it passes many villages and towns, at the end it pours out to another big river Sava.

I have mapped many childhood memories, important conversations with today still working millers, kayak-men and fishermen. They all talk about one story;

“It used to be full of life.” It is still our local river, but its true purpose is forgoten.” Its has a special smell and taste, which we will never forget.”

Millers have a special role in the rivers cycle; it gives us wheat, therefore everyday bread, we clean it and give back only brans, therefore a food.”

 


 

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The project  was inspired exclusively from the point of exploring the river as a water body, which flows “through space and time of human existence”. It leaves traces behind it, which are so-called “traces of nature and man”. Therefore, the importance of coexistence, history and the ethnography of the river, created by water and man.

Stories are a foundation of this type of project. Answers to questions related to millers, kayaking, life in Kostanjevica and Novo Mesto, testify to the changes of the Krka River and the person living along it; child memories of turbulent flights on the river, life in floodplains, ecological circle of mill and river, and the development of the city between the branches of the river.

Sound recordings, anonymous narrators will listen to performers through a walk along the Župančič embankment. The walk  began at the station “Pumpenca” (below the train station of NM) and finish at the Kandijski most  (bridge).


 

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Circiling/ Kroženje

Circiling/ Kroženje

Photo by: Miha GodecPhoto: Miha Godec, Zavod/ Institute Kersnikova, Ljubljana, Slo, 2017

The project refers to the research of the circulation of a matter or a transpiration as a “universal system” that operates independently, at micro-macro levels. Transpiration allows the flow of nutrients from the roots to the higher parts of the plant, and also the evaporation of sea and fresh water is the primary mechanism of the water cycle of the entire planet. The circulation of water, (the source of life to all living beings) is therefore carried out according to a specific system or pattern; fractal pattern of the vein system, which was the initial inspiration of the project.

“Discover the watery vein is, to discover the trail of life.”

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Transfer of the product of transpiration, the cutter is collected over time in Pitagro’s cup. With the help of a central siphon, it allows the jar to be filled only to a certain extent, so the entire contents of the beaker empties through the hole at the bottom of the cup. The natural cycle of transpiration, evaporation and condensation shows the aquarium from which both condensed water and the primary source of water flow in a given cycle: within 12 hours, the primary source of water is rounded up to geo-batteries, and the Phytagora glass carefully collects drops of evaporation until it fill the glass or inner siphon and also round to microorganisms outside the aquarium.

The second part of the circulation is energy, or the digestion of nutrients, which is an equivalent process. Research dr. Lovley focuses on the physiology and ecology of anaerobic microorganisms. They are capable of converting waste into methane and electricity. Protein nanotubes or “Nano-wires” microorganisms are a sustainable source of electronic materials, and more, they connect us with the primary source of electrical current because these bacteria existed in the early seas of the young Earth. The “Geobacterium and Schewanelle” nanoparticles consist of a pilinic monomer, which is several times shorter than the pilinous monomers found in most microorganisms. Symmetry, which connects man, plants and animals with mud bacteria, is a “nano commune”. Namely, under specific conditions, microorganisms connect each other through nanowires, thus transferring ions to one another. Such generation of electricity or energy, points to “nano-communes”, and the participation of micro-organisms, which must cooperate and inform each other, just as all other living beings do. Thus, the project “Circulation” covers three faces of the universal circulation of matter. Geo-batteries generate electricity or energy in their community, which is a minimum of 3V or more. This value is sufficient for the operation of the ice-light, which is an indirect source of light to the plant in hydroponics. Its product of transpiration circulates to bacteria that need water for their work.

The autonomy of natural cycles is definitely a phenomenon that does not require the presence of a human being. It only needs a balanced stay, for the circulation of vital resources on Earth; water and energy.

 

Thanks to: Gregor Treska, Miha Petelinek, Aleš Koletnik, Dea-Govc Pušnik, Simon Gmajner, Kristjan Tkalec, Zavod Kersnikova, Bio-technological faculty of Ljubljana.

Geobacter and Shewanella oneidensis: biofuell, nanowires and nanocommunities

 

In 2015, we learned that electron-eating and electron-excreting microbes can actually team up and pass electrons between each other, wiring themselves into a common electrical grid.

 

 

 

Dr. Lovley’s research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms.  He mostly focused to reserach Geobacter – an anaerobic baceria which exists 3.5 billion years ago and produces electricity. Beside Shewanella Oneidensis it is the most common mudd bacteria which breaths methan and by making a community with its nanowires, hands ions to its neighbour. In 1987 Derek Lovley and his lab at the University of Massachusetts stumbled across the first of these bacteria on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington DC.

Yuri Gorby is an associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineer who focused to research Scewanella Oneidnsis.

 

  • “Earth appears to be hard-wired” says Gorby, “although we have yet to conclusively identify the electrically conductive components of Shewanella nanowires.„

 


 

Recently I was able to finally turn up a simple led light and hear the sound of a Bio-electrcity.

 

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New ideas are to explore Geobacter and Schewenella as a community group which needs to connect and work as a commune to produce electrcity.


 

It excites me when thinking about this nano beins connecting together into one group, producing electrcity, for which human needed centuries to understand it. Evenmore, this pre-historic nano bacetrias do cooporate and communicate. If I will be able to see it under a microscope, than a new project can get its red threaed.

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Veins: up-dating a transpiration cycle

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Transpiration of human and nature.

 

Transpiration cycle has started one week ago.

It will become an eco system of human blood, nails and hair (in liquids of NaOh and hydrogen peroxide) and natural ingridents: mudd and plants.

Thhrough out 3 weeks of time I am checking the temperature and humidity in the jar (by Arduino and thermo sensor). There is approximately 24c in the jar and between 60-40% of humidty. The exact numbers are hard to be determind, because of everyday variations.

The water cress and the climber  weed are nicely growing within mentioned conditions. (picture missing).

 

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At the same time, I have menaged to create 3V of an electricity from the mudd (Ljubljanas swamp place “Barje”). Therefore the final idea is to create a web “of veins” which will connect 12 jars of mudd with a jar containing human ingridients.

 


At the end, I would like to create a workshops for children and adults to learn about the eco-electricity and mulitply my product with their own personal ingrdients. Within this workshops I will be able to create a space of  an eco-electrical veins including indivdual eco-systems of man and nature.

 

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VEINS: idea #2

“To find the vain is as finiding a life.”

 

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At Zavod Kersnikova in Ljubljana,  I am developing a Bio-technical-Art project, where I am researching the field of  “Veins” and its the most important function :

 

circyling of  life important liquids/ micro parts in the fast flow.

 

While preparing the prototip of a vacuumed jar with a young plant, I started to decompose human ingridients. I hope make a useful liquid which will be added to the plant as “a food” or “waste bacetria”.

 

image #1 and 2: 4 different tests of human tissue in the chemicals, image#, image#3 human blood and plasma in NaOh, image #4: Human blood, plasma, hair and nails in hydrogen peroxid.

 

Presented idea is the second option so far. Since February I am working on tests where we (students of microbiology) are trying to find the way of combining human tissue (Human blood and plasma, nails, hair, skin etc.) with plants tissue.

“Idea #2” is to create a selfsufficient biosystem where plants waste bacetrias and human waste tissue could produce an “eco-electricity”. *** Nevertheless, this idea is not only about making electricity and “new” bio-system, it is also about connecting two seperated systems by the energy of eachother.

It is about presenting a circyling of an energy and life important liquids: blood and water by the universal pattern of veins, which is connecting is all: bodies and the planet itself.

 

 We are all connected by the same tisse, the tissue of veins.

 

*** The idea about making an electricity out of waste plants bacteria is comming from Nederlands: https://www.youtube.com/Heats, shoots, and leaves – Electricity from living plants – science

 

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test #4: Carnivour Sarracenia – Cobra Lily : Human blood

Carnivour Sarracenia- Cobra Lily : Human blood

(Research project about “Veins”, at Zavod Kersnikova, Ljubljana, SLO)

 

 

After a month of a break from experimenting with plants and human blood, it will come a time for a new test. This time, I will try to feed Carnivour plants (insect eating plants) with human blood.

 

My question or goal is still the same:

How could a plant “digest” human blood as it digests water?

 

So far I have been trying to inject diluted human blood (with antigloucant) to green stemed plants (Basilica and Andian Apple plant). I have also tried to mix human blood with water and antigloukant and  plasma. All 3 tests has been a faliure, due to the phisiology of plants xylem (the size of it is too small to accept human cells).

This time, I will try to feed carnivour plants with human blood (test:”4a”) and with insects dipped into human blood.

 

p.s.: After 2 weeks of observing this plants, they have digested 3 big flies…crazy plants!!!!

 

 

 

 

MAPIRANJE SPOMINOV: Človek- Drava

 Walking performans ali zvočni sprehod na Mariborskem otoku

 

Mapiranje spominov A.PODREKA plakat

 

 

Projekt bazira na opravljenih intervjujih z lokalnimi prebivalci, živečimi ob reki Dravi.

Projekt me je zanimal izključno iz vidika raziskovanja reke kot vodnega telesa, saj  reka venomer teče »skozi prostor in čas človeške zgodovine«. Za seboj pusti sledi, katere so tako-rekoč »sledi narave in človeka«. Zanimalo me je torej sožitje, zgodovina ter etnografija reke, katero sta ustvarila voda in človek.

Ideja za projekt, je bila zasnovana ze med studijem scenografije v Utrechtu /Nl, kjer sem mapping in walking performans raziskovala skoraj skozi cel prvi letnik. Tovrstna predstava na lokaciji  ali »Site Specific performans«  izhaja iz postmodernega gledališča, torej iz obdbobja 70h let prejšnjega stoletja. Walking in mapping se glede na obliko in vsebino zelo raznoliko prepletata, zdruzjejo pa ju zgodbe narave (določene lokacije) in človeka.

Zgodbe so torej bistvenega pomena, ali kar temelj takega projekta. Vprašanja za intervjuje so bila osnovana na spominih ter osebnih izpovedih o doživljanju oziroma življenju z reko Dravo. Pogovarjala sem se z generacijo nekje med 30 ter 70 let, saj je prav omenjena generacija doživela preobrat, transformacijo reke Drave. Le-ta je z  izgradnjo hidroelektrarn popolnoma spremenila svoj karakter; Gospa Drava- neukročena in divja reka je postala umirjena, lenobna reka, ki je omogočila »ponovno rojstvo; »Novo Dravo«. Torej gre za široko spremembo življenja reke in ljudi. Spremenil se je ne samo okoliš in »nivo« Lenta temveč tudi celotno pojmovanje reke, kot kulturno-rekreativni element mesta Maribor.

Skozi pogovore s prebivalci z različnimi ozadji ter poklici, smo našli vzporednice glede dojemanja reke v preteklosti ter opisali njeno spremembo skozi osebne pripovedi. Gre za zgodbe o otroških spominih na pravljični, Robinzonski gozd, zgodbe o prvih ljubezni in strahovih, grozečih, smrtnosnih poplavah ter zgodbe o povsem drugačni kulturno-politični sceni, ki je spremenila in ustvarila Festival Lent- Lent kot največji kulturni dogodek v Mariboru.

Vse to sem posnela in zmontirala v skoraj enourni, zvočni posnetek, katerega bodo obiskovalci performansa poslušali skozi hojo po Mariborskem otoku. Spremljali jih bodo plesalci » Contact Improvisation plesa«, Ljudskega petja, ter kajakški podvig na reki Dravi.


Performans je samo ena izmed mnogih prireditev, ki jih organizira FESTIVAL DRAVA 2017.

https://maribor-pohorje.si/drava-festival-2017.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/dravafestival/

 

VEINS/ŽILE

BioArt project

An installation about VEINS is in a making process at Zavod/Institute Kersnikova /Biotehna Lab.

 

I am exploring veins as a pattern which is responsible to carry life most important ingiridients and information from point A to point B. I am curious to present it by the roots and veins of life plants, their transpiration system and kondenzation.

The plan is to make a  sphere of two plants:

-one will represent a human -cointaining human blood

-another will contain a pigment which will tie to H2O, Caluim and Calcium (both ingridients flow only in plants veins).

 

 

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At the same time we are developing a DIY Sap Flow sensor which goal is to measure a plants pulz (measuring temperatures in the plants stem). Its measurments will be translated into sounds, identifying the time of liquid exchange in the plants stems.

 


 

Finally, my goal is to present veins as a pattern which is a life importance system, not only in our bodies and plants but all over the planet.

Rivers and oceans are connected by water veins, our cities and villages are connected by roads, builing a web which is seen from the Universe.

 

It is all functioning by vein patterns or system.

To find a vein of water is as finding a life.

 

 

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AquaTerraLocusGalacium

Aqua/Water    Terra/the Earth   Locus/Space   Galacium/Ice

 

An installation of mapping the paintings as exploring the spheres of the Earth and cosmos.  This works will be seen at the end of this year in the Gallery Domžale, Slovenia.


 

 

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In previous months I have been developing paintings, a visual part.I have collected texts which inspires me to explore it again and again. A philospher   Peter Sloterdijk  has written thee amazing books: “Spheres” (Vol I,II,III) where he talks about sphers of bubbles, foam and globes.Of course he touches all aprty of a human life, from politics and its history,  to globalization,  to faminism etc. His  poetic approach mixed with pure truth of nature feels like an infinite reading to me.

At the same time, I have been strongly inspired by the article of the  great Arctic performans of Vestand Page performative artists. They have truly experienced a life where there are no room, no time, neither emptiness.


 

Here is the first video out of four which are about to br done in next months.

I. Locus/Space

 

 


 

 

The trilogy Spheres is the philosopher’s magnum opus. The first volume was published in 1998, the second in 1999, and the last in 2004.

Spheres is about “spaces of coexistence”, spaces commonly overlooked or taken for granted that conceal information crucial to developing an understanding of the human. The exploration of these spheres begins with the basic difference between mammals and other animals: the biological and utopian comfort of the mother’s womb, which humans try to recreate through science, ideology, and religion. From these microspheres (ontological relations such as fetus-placenta to macrospheres (macro-uteri such as nations or states), Sloterdijk analyzes spheres where humans try but fail to dwell and traces a connection between vital crisis and crises created when a sphere shatters.

 

 

 

 

 

Aqua-Terra-Glaciem

 

Aqua-Terra-Glaciem / Water-soil-ice

 

Recently, I have returned back to the painitng after 2 years of conceptual researching, installation making, multimedia and performance art.

It is like a quite break, yet it feels like a whole new world has offered me to  explore it. It is icy and freezed landscape, many details are apperaing and disappearing, therefore its my duty to make good decisions!

Nevertheless it might look like “a painting effect” my final idea lies in spatial experience of this landscapes…but first, they need to be uncover from the canvas…

 

 

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