30,000,000,000 tons per year

Nika Erjavec

Humans account for only 0.01% of all life on Earth. We created 1154 000 000 000 tonnes of anthropogenic mass in the last century, outweighing the entire biomass, that is, everything on the planet. The current living and object culture, with its endless production, consumable and planned obsolescence, adds approximately 30,000,000,000 new tonnes per year, while biomass and biodiversity decline. 80% of all raw materials and goods travel through global waters, passing through many ecosystems and stopping at various stages in ports where we can see a portion of this gigantic mass. Even more abstract is the dimension of the consequences of capitalism’s culture, which have spread into space and time far beyond the scope of our lives. The installation thematises changes in living conditions, as well as the suddenness and hyper-objectivity of environmental changes since the industrial revolution.

Unbalanced electric motors for vessels/vehicles act as sensory disruptors, transmitting vibrations and causing a variety of acoustic, visual, and tactile disturbances through layers of discarded LCD screens and other common materials.


Nika Erjavec (1994), an intermedia artist, has been exploring the material dimensions of vibration and sound in recent years, from its physicality and perception to the hyper-objectivity of environmental changes at the level of the acoustic landscape and beyond. She received her bachelor’s degree in Unique Design and her master’s degree in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She was awarded the student Prešeren Award in 2019 for her series of installations titled (in)VISIBLE and hybrid artistic research. As a set designer and photographer (Bronze Medal of the Serbian Photographic Association 2017 at the 62nd Sterijino Pozorje Festival) she occasionally works in theatre (SNG Ljubljana, MG Ptuj, MGL, SNG Maribor). At the same time, she is gaining knowledge at various workshops both at home and abroad (Urban Glass NYC, Rampalab, Krater, etc.). She leads workshops on the topic of cultural accessibility as well as workshops dealing with contemporary environmental and social contexts based on her research of the sensory potentials of various materials.

Production: PiNA, 2022