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

Second season


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

Nowtilus. Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century” is a research and investigation podcast that explores Venice through the voices of its citizens and the inhabitants of its lagoon.

After eleven episodes (plus two Nowtilus Live!) in 2020, the podcast returns for a second season in 2021 on Ocean Archive and TBA21–Academy Radio (available on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts). The next season will still lead listeners on a journey of discovery and discussion, addressing the sustainability of the modern lagoon, the creative and virtuous activities that its inhabitants carry out every day to keep it both alive and extraordinary. Anyone who comes aboard for the second season of Nowtilus will explore new themes and new perspectives, with a focus on the multiculturalism and migration that wind through various places. Venice is a meeting place for cultures, an aquatic crossroads of understanding, and a melting pot of knowledge, flavors and perspectives, and these are the themes that will emerge from the second season of the podcast, starting with the first episode which will be released on Wednesday November 17.

The series is an invitation to reflect on inclusion, the notion that sustainability can only be achieved through a mutual respect between human and non-human lifeforms, and the fact that the city itself, the Queen of the Adriatic, is the result of migrations, exchanges, encounters, connections, defense, and human resilience.

Believing that human and environmental inclusiveness and sustainability are the key pillars of survival and resistance, Nowtilus will discover new stories about food, contemporary music, and Venice’s role as a stage in the history of cinema. It will also explore the some of the most overlooked, yet no less important, museums, along with environmental and cultural activism, and many other ideas to help us rethink what Venice can be when the lagoon is placed at the center of our attention and our ways of life.


Episodes every two weeks starting Wednesday November 17 at 4pm.

  1. Wednesday November 17, 4pm.
  2. Wednesday December 1, 4pm.
  3. Wednesday December 15, 4pm.
  4. Wednesday December 29, 4pm.
  5. Wednesday Jenuary 12, 4pm.
  6. Wednesday Jenuary 26, 4pm.
  7. Wednesday February 9, 4pm.
  8. Wednesday February 23, 4pm.


The neologism “Nowtilus” refers to the “Nautilus”, the fictional submarine led by Captain Nemo in Jules Verne's novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870). The word is also the name of a cephalopod mollusc that has survived nearly unchanged for almost 450 million years, and given that it continues to grow throughout its life, it is considered as a symbol of expansion and renewal. Nautilus is also a Latin word, which simply means sailor. The prefix “now” connotes the urgent need to reflect on Venice and its lagoon in the present time.

Episodes edited and lead by Enrico Bettinello and Alice Ongaro Sartori.

Original music by Enrico Coniglio.

Post-production by Kinonauts.

Alice Ongaro Sartori

Alice Ongaro Sartori is a curator and PhD candidate in Art History at University of Hamburg (DE). Since 2019, she has been working for the Public Program of Ocean Space, Venice. In 2018, Alice worked as a Research Fellow in the Curatorial Department of The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and since 2019 she has been co-curator of Microclima, an independent project which focuses on culture, ecology and the public sphere, an housed at Serra dei Giardini, a late 19th century greenhouse in Venice. Since 2016 Alice is also co-curator of RedHero, a long-term project constructed around Mongolian arts and culture, which was presented at Doc Fortnight, Festival of International Non Fiction Film and Media at The Museum of Modern Art (2020).


Enrico Bettinello is a curator, artistic director, teacher, writer and cultural designer, with a particular focus on fields of contemporary music and performing arts. After his long experience as director of the Fondamenta Nuove Theater, he directed the IED in Venice and currently teaches at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Master in Arts Management of the Università Cattolica di Milano. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Europe Jazz Network, project manager and member of the Scientific Committee for I-Jazz, the national festival association. He is curator for the Centro Santa Chiara in Trento (music), NovaraJazz (residencies and interdisciplinary projects), Pro-Helvetia (he is the creator and artistic director of the New Echo-System project), Palazzo Grassi / Punta della Dogana, TBA21 Academy / Ocean Space (for which he co-curates and hosts the Nowtilus podcast). He is responsible for the jazz section of Il Giornale della Musica and collaborates with Radio3 Rai and with RSI Switzerland.