“Becoming Fresh & Salty Drops (of water)” is a month-long program celebrating the water and life forms of the Venice Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in the Mediterranean Sea, home to TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space. Stories, actions, and online and live events narrate and act upon the future of the Venice Lagoon from ecological and magical perspectives.

Following the moon cycles that control the tides, the program circles back, ending on the summer solstice with the final presentation of the STARTS4Water artists in residence program curated by María Montero Sierra, featuring Sonia Levy with Heather Ann Swanson, Meredith Root-Bernstein, and Alexandra Arènes; and Diego Delas and Leonor Serrano Rivas, and beginning with a wetland kinship project in conversation with curator Camila Marambio whose public program for “Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol,” the Chilean Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale, activates a convening on World Peatlands Day. It is followed by an educational program for World Oceans Day; a walks program, “Venice as a model for the future?,” curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Pietro Consolandi; and TBA21–Academy’s program on the intersections of food and ecology led by Montero Sierra, Barbara Nardacchione, with Markus Reymann and Alice Ongaro Sartori in collaboration with chef Marco Bravetti and TOCIA!. This month-long program is aligned with the principles of regeneration and more-than-human rights promoted by the project Zoöp, which TBA21–Academy is a partner in.

Curated by: María Montero Sierra

With: Pantea Armanfar; Frédérique Aït-Touati; Camilla Bertolini; Isabelle Carbonell; Diego Delas and Leonor Serrano Rivas; Ifor Duncan and Heather Contant; Vera Dvale; Lodovica Guarnieri; Hans Joosten; Dianna Kopansky; Sonia Levy with Heather Ann Swanson, Meredith Root-Bernstein, and Alexandra Arènes; Radio Amnion; Reverend Houston Cypress, Bárbara Saavedra. 


Signing of The Venice Agreement: Protecting Global Peatlands Locally

June 2, 7:30 pm, Ocean Space

On World Peatland Day, a poetically binding declaration will be signed to inspire local action for peatland protection. The event will shed light on the fundamental role that peatlands play in regard to biodiversity, climate change mitigation, water quality, culture, and economy. With: Reverend Houston Cypress, Dianna Kopansky, Hans Joosten, Vera Dvale, Bárbara Saavedra. Curated by Camila Marambio. Co-organized by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Chile, Ensayos, the Greifswald Mire Centre, and TBA21–Academy.

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STARTS Academy and Educational Day on Oceans Day          

June 8, Ocean-Archive.org and Ocean Space

Presentations of the works developed by the high school and MA students involved in the various workshops run by the STARTS4Water artists in residence.

Lodovica Guarnieri: When I Breathe, I Swallow the Lagoon

June 8, 6 pm

Set in the amphibious Venetian lagoon along the infrastructure of the former ENI refinery in Porto Marghera, this performance walk highlights the interconnection between bodies, environments and power structures and rethinks responsibility in deep time. In Italian. 

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Convivial Tables: The Pannier of the Lagoon. 

TOXICITY with chef Marco Bravetti (TOCIA!), Camila Marambio 

June 9, 9 pm

“Convivial Tables” is a series of closed events to provide a space to discuss the complex ties between what we eat and its ecological impact, with a particular focus on its effect on bodies of water.

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Cohabiting Within Wetness: “Venice as a model for the future?”

The Return Of Venetian Flat Oysters: MAREA project with Camilla Bertolini

June 10, 6 pm

With Camilla Bertolini, a marine biologist and winner of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Fellowship at Ca’ Foscari University, organized as part of the cycle of itinerant conversations curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Pietro Consolandi.

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Becoming Fresh Salty Drops

June 21, 8 pm, Ocean Space, Venice

Talks, screening, and expeditions to celebrate the water and life forms of the Venice Lagoon and commemorate the conclusion of the STARTS residencies organized by TBA21–Academy that explore ecological and magical propositions for coexistence with water in the Venetian Lagoon. With Frédérique Aït-Touati, Sonia Levy with Heather Ann Swanson, Meredith Root-Bernstein, and Alexandra Arènes, Diego Delas and Leonor Serrano Rivas. Special guest: Radio Amnion: Sonic Transmissions of Care in Oceanic Space.
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Online program

Throughout June 2022 on Ocean-Archive.org

New commissions and works by Pantea Armanfar, Isabelle Carbonell, Ifor Duncan and Heather Contant, among others.

Organized by TBA21–Academy

Supported by STARTS.