What can we ask the Ocean? In our sonic explorations, we dive deep into conversations about art, culture, the Ocean, equality, imagination and community, as well as music curated around the oceanic stories of our human and non-human collaborations.
Created and curated by TBA21–Academy, a cultural organisation investigating environmental injustice through the lens of art, and its initiative Ocean Space, a new embassy for the Oceans situated in the Church of San Lorenzo, Venice.
11 Nowtilus: Tutte le Venezie del Mondo con Alberto Toso Fei
All The Venices of The World. Postcards, Comics, Games, and Curiosities from Alberto Toso Fei’s Collection.
For the last episode of 2020, “Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century” hosts writer and journalist Alberto Toso Fei for a conversation about a truly special collection of objects. In dialogue with Enrico Bettinello, Toso Fei reveals his collection of memorabilia linked to Venice, and explains the often misrepresented, fictionalized, and exaggerated imagery of the most reproduced city in the world. From postcards that represent the “Venices” of other countries, to comics that portray their protagonists struggling with gondolas and canals, to musical scores, games and bizarre things that sum up the myth of the lagoon city and its unexpected interpretations. The episode is available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts. Music: Saltland (2020) by Enrico Coniglio. "Random Access" (2009) by Molven. Courtesy of Enrico Coniglio and Molven.
Nowtilus: Ri-abitare acqua e terra con Giancarlo Ghigi e Laura Mascino
Residency, urban regeneration and tourism are among the most complex and most discussed issues concerning Venice and its surrounding area.
Which territories are considered marginal, and why? What is the relationship between these areas, the environment and its inhabitants? What sort of action and mobilization has taken place on the islands of Venice and its mainland in order to affirm and reconsider residency in this unique landscape? These questions are complex and multifaceted, but we will raise some interesting points while discussing them with Giancarlo Ghigi, a computer scientist and vocal activist who we will be talking to about the Poveglia Per Tutti (Poveglia For All) project and Ocio! (a public housing and residency watchdog), and with Laura Mascino, an architect and professor in urban planning, and co-author of “Re-inhabiting Italy” (Donzelli editore, 2020).
The episode will be available from Thursday November 19 on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts.
Music: Saltland (2020) by Enrico Coniglio. Autofocus (2011) by Giulio Aldinucci. Courtesy of Enrico Coniglio and Giulio Aldinucci.
Nowtilus: Navigare con lentezza con Elena Tramontin e Silvio Testa
After the summer break, “Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century” is returning with new episodes and new stories that recount the extraordinary nature of everyday life in Venice, and offer up ideas for preserving and rethinking the city.
This episode is dedicated to traditional watercraft, the boat, the oar and the sail, beginning with the personal story of sisters Elena and Elisabetta Tramontin, who manage the family “Squero”, or shipyard, of Domenico Tramontin and sons, one of the oldest in Venice, and the reflections of Silvio Testa, journalist and writer on traditional rowing and sailing practices of the Northern Adriatic Sea. Together with Nowtilus’ presenter Enrico Bettinello and our guests, we will discover stories of traditions handed down from generation to generation, the new challenges in adapting them to our time, and we will talk about the demands that lead to the creation of the Vogalonga and the Vela Al Terzo as a means of bringing us closer to the lagoon, and much more. A tribute to slowness and care.
The episode will be available from Thursday October 29 on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcast.
Music: Saltland (2020) by Enrico Coniglio. Mauro Sambo, composed for this episode starting from an environmental registration in a gondola with two oars from Giudecca to Campana Island. Courtesy of Enrico Coniglio and Mauro Sambo.
Nowtilus: Murano e il vetro con Alice de Santillana e Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda
Nowtilus: Murano and glass between history and innovation with Alice de Santillana (AUTONOMA) and Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda (LagunaB).
In the eighth episode of our podcast series “Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon of the 21st century”, we will be talking about one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in the history of this city: glass production, which in recent years has been in search of a new balance between innovation and tradition. We’ll be doing this together with Alice De Santillana, artist, designer and co-founder of Autonoma, a research and exchange project that aims to internationalize this art form, and with Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda, designer of LagunaB, a project that seeks to reinvent and relaunch the exceptional product of Murano island through new production systems, in the spirit of environmental sustainability and new aesthetics.
The episode is available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts.
Music: Rivers of Sand, The Point of it All, Laguna by Christian Fennesz, from the album “Venice” (2004).
Nowtilus: L’evoluzione della pesca in laguna con Luigi Divari e Matteo Stocco (Metagoon)
The Evolution of Fishing in the Lagoon with Luigi Divari and Matteo Stocco (Metagoon)
In the seventh episode of the podcast series Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century we will discover the lagoon and the varieties of aquatic creatures that inhabit it, seeking to understand the changes that have taken place in recent years. We will be doing this in the company of Luigi Divari, an expert in fishing and the sea, author, and painter of magnificent watercolors that feature traditional boats and the aquatic fauna of Venice, and Matteo Stocco, documentary filmmaker, who will talk to us about “Metagoon”, a research project that gathers interviews with researchers, scientists and fishermen, a plurality of perspectives from people who live and work in the lagoon environment.
The episode is available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcast.
Music: Chateau Rouge by Christian Fennesz, track from the album “Venice” (2004) and excerpts from "EdiTidE" (2019) by Nicola Privato. Courtesy of Christian Fennesz and Touch Music, and Nicola Privato.
Nowtilus: Coltivare la città con Michele Savorgnano e Lorenzo Basadonna Scarpa, Ortofoto
Cultivate the City with Michele Savorgnano and Lorenzo Basadonna Scarpa, Ortofoto.
In the sixth episode of Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century, we go on an adventure to discover the green spaces of Venice, looking not only for plants and trees, but also for spaces and ideas that promote a new way of cultivating this city. Joining us on this journey are Michele Savorgnano, founder of the F.U.D. (Fattoria Urbana Diffusa/Popular Urban Farm) project, and Lorenzo Basadonna Scarpa, co-creator of the Ortofoto project, along with Giovanni Dal Sasso and Lucrezia Lamera (mapsontheluum). Michele Savorgnano will be talking to us about permaculture, community vegetable gardens, and hidden gardens, while Lorenzo Basadonna Scarpa will take us on a journey to discover the solitary trees that populate Venice, reconstructing their significance and their importance in the ambitious project of classification and mapping instigated by Ortofoto.
Episode available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcast.
Music: Chateau Rouge by Christian Fennesz, taken from the album “Venice" (2004), and extracts from Écouter le monde (2017) by Riccardo Sellan.