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 water.

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 project includes an art installation Echinoidea future - Adriatic sensing by Robertina Šebjanič, technological innovation S.M.A.R.T Urchin by Marjan Žitnik, workshops and a ZPA Social Innovation initiative developed by Marjan Žitnik and Robertina Šebjanič.


  • Artist (concept, sound & video editing, execution): Robertina Šebjanič
  • Video support A.I.: Tanja Minarik
  • Scientific advisory: dr. Alenka Malej, UR Institute: Gjino Šutić, Filip Grgurević; Institute for Marine and Coastal Research University of Dubrovnik. dr. Marijana Hure, dr. Valter Kozul, dr. Matjaž Ličer
  • Production: UR Institute
  • Production support: Zavod Sektor, PiNA, Miha Godec
  • Glassblowing: Ivanka Pasalic
  • Metal construction: David Drolc
  • 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.
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