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2. Currents and Water Cycles: Past and Future of a Small Venetian Island

Cohabiting Within Wetness. Venice as a model for the future?


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Reservation is required at this link.


Meeting at the vaporetto dock at Lazzaretto Nuovo at 5.50PM

With the itinerant conversations of the cycle “Cohabiting Within Wetness,” the third chapter of the project “Venice as a model for the future?” developed by TBA21–Academy for its Ocean Space, we direct our eyes and walks toward the localized action of organisms and phenomena often disregarded, yet fundamental for the balance of this ecosystem.

The project “Venice as a model for the future?” was initiated in 2020 and is curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Pietro Consolandi. “Cohabiting Within Wetness” is part of the three-year research cycle The Current III—“Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan)," led by Barbara Casavecchia.

2. Currents and Water Cycles

a model to be studied in various ways and has had all the uses that have characterised the Venetian archipelago (agricultural, religious, health, military). The recent pandemic has reminded us of the need to allocate permanent garrisons to the care of species, both human and non-human, present in every territory: the island is the place where Venice set up quarantine in the 15th century, for the first time in history. Today Lazzaretto Nuovo is the seat of the Ecomuseum of the Lazzaretti Veneziani, which includes the research centre La Biblioteca delle Isole and the nature walk Il Sentiero delle Barene dedicated to the environment of the Venice Lagoon.

It is also home to one of the first phyto-purification plants in Italy, presented as a pilot project at the Expo 2000 in Hannover. Conceived by Franco Montalto (who is now professor of environmental engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia), it is based on the use of essences that can dispose of pollutants produced in the process of treating wastewater before the water is released into the lagoon.

Phyto-purification systems are true eco-technologies that reproduce the biological, physical, and chemical processes naturally occurring in wetlands, where microorganisms and plants filter and absorb pollutants. The Lazzaretto Nuovo plant is a case study for scientific institutes and universities such as the Magistrato alle Acque, CNR-ISMAR, Drexel University, University of Padua - Laboratory for the Analysis of Environmental Systems, and IUAV University in Venice.

: Lazzaretto Nuovo Island.


5.50PM: Meeting at the vaporetto dock at Lazzaretto Nuovo. Departure for “Cohabiting Within Wetness. Venice as a model for the future?”

Participation is free, please make a reservation at this link. Limited places available.

We remind you that transport via vaporetto is at the expense of participants.


Giorgia Fazzini, geographer by formation and territorial manager by profession, is the project manager of the Ecomuseum of Lazzaretti Veneziani and president of Ekos Club. The Lazzaretti Veneziani project is promoted by two associations: Ekos Club and the Venice Chapter of the Archeoclub d’Italia. The project headquarters are on the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo, in the northern part of the Venice Laguna, the only one of the lesser islands of the Venetian archipelago to have been rescued from neglect and returned to the enjoyment of the general public thanks to a no-profit initiative.Today, the island is an ecomuseum dedicated to the local territory and its communities: projects and management are driven by the dedication and knowledge of hundreds of enthusiasts and volunteers, in collaboration with institutions and dozens of local, national and international organizations.


“Cohabiting Within Wetness” is part of TBA21–Academy’s program, The Current III: The Mediterraneans: “Thus waves come in pairs” (After Etel Adnan), led by Barbara Casavecchia.

The Current III is a transdisciplinary program of perception, listening, thought and learning that supports projects, collective education, and voices on the shores of the Mediterranean through art, culture, science, and activism.