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Nowtilus Live!

Storie da una laguna urbana del 21esimo secolo


Ocean Space
Admission fee
Free of charge


One year after the first Nowtilus Live!, curators Alice Ongaro Sartori and Enrico Bettinello return with a live event to announce the start of the second season of Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century.

Venice is a meeting place for cultures, an aquatic crossroads of understanding, and a melting pot of knowledge and perspectives, and these are the themes that will emerge from the second season of the podcast, to be released this autumn.

"Nowtilus Live!" will introduce these themes in a conversation with three special guests: Cristina Giussani (Libreria Mare di Carta), Hamed Ahmadi (Orient & Africa Experience) and Francesca Tarocco (Ca' Foscari University), with whom we will talk about the migration, both historical and current, which involves the waters of the Adriatic and the lagoon itself.

Following the themes addressed, Nowtilus Live! will immerse itself in the musical performance "A Water Lullaby" (2021) by the sound designer Giovanni Dinello in collaboration with Maria Bergamo and D'Altro Canto Duo, as part of the project Nowtilus. A liquid Songbook presented at Ocean Space in May 2021.

A closing aperitivo is kindly being offered by Nardini.

Curated by Enrico Bettinello and Alice Ongaro Sartori.

All episodes of Nowtilus are available on Ocean Archive, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcast.


Cristina Giussani is a bookseller and owner of the Nautical Bookshop Mare di Carta and its publishing house. Giussani has always loved and frequented the sea, both through sailing and books. He has been reading, since he was a teenager, the great sea classics, Conrad and Melville of course, but especially Joshua Slocum, Bernard Moitessier, Alain Colas, Eric Tabarly, true inspirational muses of many modern-day sailors. Since 1997 he has combined passion and professionalism by opening a bookstore entirely dedicated to the sea, in a city that without water would never have existed, Venice. The Mare di Carta bookshop, the only bookshop dedicated to the sea in Venice and one of the few so specialized in Italy, is also a place to meet authors or to have cultural and technical exchanges, a place where a lot of information is collected and redistributed, about navigation, new laws, regattas, sailing schools and of course publishing.

Hamed Ahmadi

Hamed Ahmadi is an Afghan restaurateur, now a Venetian for many years, and owner of 5 venues in the Veneto region, including Orient Experience and Africa Experience in Cannaregio and Dorsoduro. He arrived in Venice in 2005 at the age of 25, to present the film Maama, Buddha, the girl and the water at the Venice Film Festival, obtaining refugee status after receiving threats for his film work. He later worked as a cultural and linguistic mediator for the Municipality of Venice in Tessera, before founding Orient Experience in 2012. Over the years, his restaurants have employed many refugees, helping them to build a life in Venice. Together, they have composed a menu that collects recipes inspired by their travels, connecting Afghanistan to Italy via Iran, Turkey and Greece.


Francesca Tarocco is a cultural historian, a writer and critic, and an associate professor at New York University Shanghai and University Ca' Foscari of Venice. She is the co- founder and director of the international research initiative Shanghai Studies Society, an associate editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhist Studies, and a board member of Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change. She has published, among other topics, on Shanghai, media and visual culture, materiality, and religion. Her current book projects include a cultural history of technology in modern China and a book on Shanghai and water. Francesca is a frequent contributor to exhibition catalogues and art magazines including Frieze, Flash Art International, Parkett, among others.


Participation is free but a reservation is required at the following link.

From August 6 all visitors must present a valid Covid-19 Green Certification (Green Pass) to access Ocean Space.

In accordance with the current rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Ocean Space's capacity has been reduced to ensure a safe experience.

Inside Ocean Space wearing a mask is mandatory (covering both the nose and mouth correctly) hands must be sanitized with the disinfectant at the entrance. At the entrance, visitors’ temperatures will be taken.