Due to the changed mechanisms of natural selection, which are caused by globalisation and which establish new relations within ecosystems, behavioural and genetic transformations in foreign as well as domestic species have become quite common. These transformations result in the changed potential of their ecological niches; as a consequence, from a long-term perspective, these species represent the greatest threat to the humankind of all species. The installation presents research into the possibilities of genetic or ecological »switch«, on the basis of which the foreign species from the thermal oxbow lake Topla could migrate into the near-by environment. The “barrier” in the artificially established ecosystem separates the living environment of the European crayfish (Astacus astacus) as a representative of the autochthonous species and that of the alochthonous (foreign) species – the Australian red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus). The environment offers both species the opportunity to confront one another, which has not happened yet in nature. The so-called “genetic reservoir” is designed as a prototype for a mobile live-in research unit, which metaphorically presents the human as the most invasive species of all.
The project has been carried out in collaboration with the Department for freshwater and land
ecosystems at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana
Architectural concept: Maja Smrekar and Andrej Strehovec, B. Arch.
Author of architecture: Andrej Strehovec, B. Arch.
Concept, design and execution of infrastructure: Marko Žavbi, B. Eng. (Laboratory Biomedicine)
Anthropological research: Neža Mrevlje
Consultancy on foreign species and collaboration on the infrastructure of live systems: Dr Al Vrezec
Creating mobile unit: Dorval d.o.o.
Thanks to colleagues NIB: Tina Jaklič, Andrej Kapla, Špela Ambrožič
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2012
Artistic Director: Janez Janša
Executive Producer: Marcela Okretič
Assistant Production: Sonja Grdina
Public Relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technician: Valter Udovičić
The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and
Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.
Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.
The project was conceived as part of the ARSCOPE project (Art-Science Co-OPeration Environment),
which is co-funded by the EU Programme for Culture and which is carried out in partnership between
TAKOMAT (Germany), CIANT (the Czech Republic) and AKSIOMA (Slovenia).