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Messy Studio: Acqua Alta – The Rising Waters II

Second session


Live streamed

On Ocean Archive and on Ocean Space and TBA21–Academy Facebook pages

Messy Studios are peer-to-peer gatherings conceived by Territorial Agency mobilizing critical thinking and research along the interconnected narratives and ecopolitical trajectories of “Oceans in Transformation. Messy Studios engage scientists, artists, governmental and civil society groups, policy makers and conservationists to come together with the aim to forge new pathways for action and new imaginaries for the ocean.


6–8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Acqua Alta - The Rising Waters, second session

Presentations by Georg Umgiesser (ISMAR-CNR), Shaul Bassi (Ca' Foscari University), Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.

The event will be live-streamed on Ocean-Archive.org and TBA21–Academy and Ocean Space Facebook pages.

Georg Umgiesser

Georg Umgiesser is senior researcher at ISMAR, the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National Research Council, amongst the leading marine research institutions in Italy and has its headquarters in Venice. TBA21 – Academy and CNR - ISMAR have worked collaboratively with the artist Armin Linke to produce the investigative exhibition Prospecting Oceans in 2018. The research conducted at ISMAR spans from the study of lagoons and other shallow water bodies through the application of numerical models, in the field of hydrodynamics and sediment transport to the development of numerical tools that are especially suited for this task. Besides contributing with the high-tide modeling and forecasting for the Municipality of Venice, Georg Umgiesser took part in tow extensive studies, published by the Institute, on the analysis of the severe events affecting the town of Venice occurred on October 29, 2018 and November 12, 2019.

Shaul Bassi

Shaul Bassi is an associate professor of English literature. Graduated in Venice and PhD in English in Pisa and Florence, he also studied in the universities of Berkeley and Liverpool. He was an English researcher at Ca' Foscari University from 2000 to 2007. His research interests and publications are divided between Shakespeare, literature and postcolonial theory, with a focus on Indian, African and Jewish studies. He also taught at Wake Forest University in Venice, Venice International University, Harvard-Ca' Foscari Summer school and was Visiting Professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He is the founder of the literature festival Incroci di civiltà and he is currently director of The International Center for the Humanities and Social Change, Ca' Foscari University, Venice.