Woodiana.today | Danube Transformation Agency for Agency, Jovana Pešić, Sanja Anđelković

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Woodiana.today is an experimental online forecast service developed to save the Danube's future through speculative fabulation. It is run by Woodiana, a freshwater mussel of the species Sinanodonta woodiana (I. Lea, 1834), that was introduced from China, and today she is facilitated by her international team of artists and scientists.

Woodiana.today reports on the current and upcoming status of the Anthropocene and sketches a variety of speculative futures of the Danubian region. Woodiana.today has been heavily informed by scientific water data but interprets it through a dialogue with other agents: economics, politics, art, theory, ai technology, history, speculative fiction, and the role that Danube had played for different cultures as a totemic, spiritual, military and ecological touchstone. But to really understand how Woodiana.today delivers the forecasts, we need to enter the world of Woodiana, we need to dive into the river, search for her trails, and to consult freshwater biologists, ecologists and data scientists.

The Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA) is a fictive, environmental and socio-artistic organisation, which provides services and mediations between species, or more precisely new pathways for new imaginaries for the Danube ecosystem. It combines visual art, design, science and advocacy for Danube’s future.The DTAFA are: Alexandra Fruhstorfer (AU) (http://www.alexandrafruhstorfer.com/), Lena Violetta Leitner (AU) (https://lenaviolettaleitner.com), Ege Kökel (AU/TR) (https://egekokel.com/) , Solmaz Farhang (UK/IR/AU) (http://solmazfarhang.com/) and Andrea Palašti (RS) (https://andreapalasti.com/). The DTAFA is funded by Angewandte Programm für inter- und transdisziplinäre Projekte in Kunst und Forschung (INTRA) Vienna, Austria.

Project leader and special advisor: Bernd Kräftner (AU).

Jovana Pešić is a Junior Researcher and lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection - Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her research is based on modern techniques of extraction of heavy metals from the aquatic environment using ionic liquids. She is a member of the Ecological Association Zeleni Sad, the Serbian Chemical Society and a holder of the Certificate of Chemical Advisor.

Sanja Anđelković is an audio-visual and textual research artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. Her research is focused within the field of documentary/fiction practice where she is considering/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.

Collaborators on the project:

dr Maja Raković and dr Stoimir Kolarević, Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", Department of Hydroecology and Water Protection, University of Belgrade, National Institute of Republic of Serbia

Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov and Adam Kovacs, ICPDR, Vienna, Austria

dr Sanja Bijelović, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad

City administration for environmental protection, Novi Sad

Aljoša Tanasković, Institute of Public Health of Belgrade

Luka Vujičić, data scientist

Luka Lopičić and Vanja Novaković, web development and design