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Suonds and Glances with Nicola di Croce and Mariateresa Sartori

Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century


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Available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes e Google Podcast.

In the third episode of Nowtilus, Nicola Di Croce, researcher and sound artist, and Mariateresa Sartori, artist, tell us about their respective research closely intertwined with the city of Venice. They reflect on this city, its sounds and the human relationships connected to it.

Episode available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcast.

Music: Chateau Rouge by Christian Fennesz, taken from the album "Venice" (2004) and "Inner Tales" (2014) by Nicola di Croce.Courtesy of Christian Fennesz, Touch Music, and Nicola di Croce.


Architect, sound artist, and PhD in territorial planning and public policies of the territory, Nicola di Croce is currently a research associate at the IUAV University of Venice.

His research is rooted in urban studies and focuses on the analysis and design of urban policies through participatory and collaborative approaches. Di Croce contributes to this field through emerging research methodologies and projects in Sound Studies and Sound Art. His main research interest is in listening to and observing the urban sound environment as a cognitive vector for the emergence of urban issues related to vulnerable contexts and actors. In his artistic and academic practice, listening proves to be a tool to investigate critical issues affecting the spatial and cultural transformations of the city, such as depopulation, segregation, disappearance of local identities and intangible cultural heritage.

Author of numerous albums, performances, installations and articles, he published “Suoni a margine. The territoriality of politics in the practice of listening” in 2018 (Meltemi, Milan).



Mariateresa Sartori was born in Venice in 1961, where she also lives and works. She graduated in German Studies with a thesis on Freud and the psychology of art. Her research revolves around three main themes: the empirical scientific method; behavioral dynamics, often in relation to neuroscience; music and sound in relation to language. Since 1999 she has been teaching drawing to absolute beginners applying Betty Edwards' method, “Drawing on the right side of the brain”, which starts from the same neuroscientific assumptions that underpin her artistic research. The tension between objective and subjective, between the uniqueness of events and general theory nourishes all her research, which manifests itself across a range of media, from video to drawing, from pinhole photography to sound work.