Anatomija fatberga | Sanja Anđelković, Jovana Pešić, Stefana Janićijević, Andrea Palašti

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It all started with a first flush, or some would say, before the actual flush. A small miscellaneous moment and lack of attention. And so the Fatberg was born from the depths of human ignorance in the depth of the sewer pipe.

Taking the Fatberg as a metaphor of a new artificially created intelligence, the work represents an online 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 data from the Statistical Office. It is fed by our heterogeneous by-products, collected over 20 years, from data on microbes to astrophysical measurements and toxins in the Danube, but also data on employment, bank accounts, newborns, divorce, drug addiction, food consumption, currency values, housing, migration, tourists, city traffic…

The game was built using data mining and machine learning, but with a chaotic twist, the datasets coming from different sources are accidentally and stochastically connected. Fatberg is thus forming a new social behaviour between the rich biological, economic, political, medical and cultural databases, opening up a broader understanding of the complex relationship with our waste and its consequences on the environment. The results of the algorithm are seen by random generation of data through a 3D diagram illustration in order to analyse, recognize, index and possibly produce speculative objectives on how to minimize the effects of Fatberg by decreasing our waste sources.

Sanja Anđelković je audio-vizuelna umetnica iz Novog Sada. Bavi se tekstualnim istraživanjima u domenu dokumentarnih praksi gde razmatra njenu poziciju unutar sistema rodnih, političkih, društvenih uloga ili traumatičnih trenutaka lične biografije. U takvom okviru istražuje i kako se ideja Doma menjala unutar istorijskog, geografskog, društvenog, ali i ekološkog konteksta.

Jovana Pešić, master hemičar, je istraživačica na Katedri za hemiju, biohemiju i zaštitu životne sredine, Prirodno-matematičkog fakulteta, Univerziteta u Novom Sadu, Srbija. Njeno istraživanje je usmereno na pronalaženje tehnika remedijacije životne sredine i bazira se na savremenim tehnikama ekstrakcije teških metala iz vode primenom jonskih tečnosti. Članica je ekološkog udruženja Zeleni Sad i Srpskog hemijskog društva.

Stefana Janićijević, Doctor of Applied Mathematics, is currently employed at Singidunum University in Belgrade 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 communication through data, neurosciences and the philosophy of data.

Andrea Palašti je vizuelna umetnica iz Novog Sada. Radi na prelazu umetničkih i kustoskih granica istraživanjem (slikovnih) arhiva i njihovih potencijala da razotkriju nijanse u razumevanju sveta, fokusirajući se na pitanja kulturne geografije, odgovornosti istorije i njenog uticaja na sadašnjost. Predaje na Akademiji umetnosti u Novom Sadu gde povezuje svoja umetnička istraživanja i obrazovne strategije.

Collaborators on the project:

Srđan Bajić, Architect and designer, Pavle Raković, Data scientist and junior python developer python,Luka Lopičić and Vanja Novaković, web development and design, Nataša Đokić, Environmental Specialist, Dvoper, The Danube Transformation Agency for Agency: Aleksandra Fruhstorfer, Lena Violeta Lajtner, Ege Kekel, Solmaz Farhang

Special thanks to:

The team of PUC “Waterworks and Sewerage” Novi Sad:

Borislavi Pejanović, Dragani Milošević, Gordani Aćimović, Ivani Radakov, Draženu Deliću, Spasoju Bjeliću, Nenadu Stojanoviću, Aleksandri Dejanović, Željku Gruloviću, Branku Ceroviću

dr Đurđa Kerkez, dr Vesna Pešić, and dr Milena Bečelić-Tomin, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad

dr Maja Turk Sekulić, Chair of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

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