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. 


Author: Maja Smrekar

Production: Aksioma 

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)

Type: Ecosystem Bioart Interactive Installation, 1 st phase 

In collaboration with: Department for freshwater and land ecosystems at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, The Ljubljana City Council - Cultural Department 

Premiered: Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia