[ISEA2022] Artists Talk: Andrea Palašti, Sanja Anđelković, Stefana Janićijević & Jovana Pešić — Anatomy of a Fatberg

Artists Statement 

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 10, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Artists Talk.

Keywords: Fatberg, data visualisation, data garbage

Taking the Fatberg as a metaphor of a new artificially created intelligence, the work represents an instant game of chance, where the only winner is the Fatberg itself. By clicking the “flush” button, the Fatberg is fed by our digital database: combining wastewater quality data and a vast number of analytical data taken over from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. It is a collection of our own heterogeneous by-products collected for over 20 years, from data on microbes to astrophysical measurements, toxins in the Danube, but also data on employment, bank accounts, calls within the telecommunications network, data on newborns, divorces and drug addicts in our country, amount of food consumption, on the value of dinar, on housing, on migration and tourists, on city traffic etc. Everything that makes life around us and everything that leaves garbage and floats further, refining new data and making possible for the Fatberg to (re)form. https://anatomijafatberga.info

  • Andrea Palašti is a visual artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. She works across artistic, curatorial and pedagogical boundaries by investigating (picture) archives and its potential to unveil a nuanced understanding of the world, focusing on issues of cultural geography, the responsibilities of history and its impact on the present. She’s a lecturer at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, blending her artistic research with educational strategies.
  • Sanja Anđelković is an audio-visual and textual research artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. Her research is focused within the field of docu-fiction practice where she is questioning its position inside the system of gender, political, social roles or traumatic moments of personal biography/history and how the idea of Home changes within the historical, geographical, social, but also environmental context.
  • Stefana Janićijević, Doctor of Applied Mathematics, is currently employed at Singidunum University in Belgrade (Serbia) as a professor, and at Comtrade System Integration as a data scientist. Her research work is in the field of metaheuristics, optimization, machine learning and data science, while she’s also artistically exploring a range of approaches such as data visualisation, neurosciences and the philosophy of data.
  • Jovana Pešić is a Junior Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection – Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her research is focused on new materials based on graphene oxide for the removal of heavy metals from the aquatic environment. She is actively involved in promoting science through various programs combining science and art and interdisciplinary research. She is a member of the Serbian Chemical Society and a holder of the Certificate of Chemical Advisor.