Tanja Vujinović: Sfera3 – Infrastructure


Sphere3, the sequel to the MetaGarden series, is a futuristic virtual garden and an ecosystem of imaginary real things. It contains small and large instruments-organisms: reactors, collectors, multifunctional capsules, synthetic plants, asteroids, and a central fountain for water treatment and energy production. The objects of Sphere3 invite us to join them in their ecosystem, bridging the actual and the imaginary. The installation allows us to meditate on our future technology plans and reflect on our current situation. As living hybrid things connected through networks, parts of objects subsume an area of our desires projected into the future and simulate a space that is less harmful to the environment. Sphere3 is inspired by analogous locations on Earth where simulations, rehearsals, and explorations occur, such as Rio Tinto in Spain or Fields in Matis Island.

In Sphere3, in addition to numerous digital machines that can be of molecular or gigantic dimensions, there are four asteroids (Eros, Mithra, Golevka, and Geographos), which pose a significant threat to humanity and Life in general. Asteroids also give us great hope that we will be able to draw on an anticipated endless supply of metals, rare minerals, and water composing these flying planetary bodies moving in vast numbers across the universe in the near future. The mere thought that we could solve our development and economic problems by obtaining those essential natural elements that are slowly disappearing on Earth sounds like utopia. However improbable it may seem, major advances are underway in actual planning to obtain these needed resources right from those lone planetary bodies passing us by.

In the virtual world of Sphere 3, such multifunctional capsules carry digitized biological material and prepare the ground for extracting material from asteroids. Collectors accumulate material, and reactors participate in a series of material handling processes. Gargoyles regulate water.

Elements appearing in this virtual space are collected from a variety of sources: three-dimensional models of asteroids, Earth sounds, videos, photographic and audio documentation from parks, as well as material recorded in nature around the world that abounds in the sounds of birds, water, insects, various animals, and wind.


3D modeling, programming: Tanja Vujinovic
Sound: LUZ1E, Tanja Vujinović, freesound, Nasa (Courtesty of Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) team at the University of Iowa), BBC
3D models of asteroids (Eros, Geographos, Golevka, Mithra): Nasa
Executive production: Tanja Vujinović, Jan Kušej
Consulting: Jan Kušej, Jelena Guga, Vid Podpečan, Nataša Todorović
Julian Weaver, artist and curator, Finetuned Limited; dr. Gregor Primc, Department of Surface Engineering, Jožef Stefan Institute; Rok Zaplotnik, Department of Surface Engineering, Jožef Stefan Institute; dr. Zoran Lj. Petrović, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade; Arijana Filipić, Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology, National Institute of Biology; dr. Saša Novak, Department of Nanostructured materials, Jožef Stefan Institute

Production: Ultramono, 2020