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Join Cucina Semi Aquatica on Saturday 25th Sept 2021 live on Zoom

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Cucina Semi Aquatica - live in August 2021

Carlotta Novella — 2021.5.18 01:48 PM

Cucina Semi Aquatica explores the ecosystems of two distant sites living between land and water, through unusual recipes and overlooked ingredients.

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

On Saturday 25th September we will be cooking online in the Cucina Semi Aquatica.
The cooking workshop will focus on introducing productive landscapes, existing between land and water, through the medium of food.
We will be cooking together via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join the cooking or, more simply, the conversation which will generate in the kitchen.

We will learn how to create three simple dishes - starter, main and dessert - which are inspired by the Venice island of St Erasmo and the Liverpool and Leeds Canal. The recipes we will explore will depart and take inspiration from these two very different landscapes, looking at their history and evolution across time. Although the meal will feature ingredients which are very much local to these two sites, we invite all participants to bring to the online kitchen counter alternative ingredients representing territories between land and water which are more local to them and easily found in their region/country.

If you are planning to join the live cooking session and cook from your home, a list of ingredients (and a guideline on how to find local equivalents) and utensils will be shared on the Cucina Semi Aquatica page one week before the session, on Saturday September 18th.

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

11:00 Introduction to School for Civic Action
11:10 Cooking a bridge between St Erasmo & WetLab
11:30 Live cooking session on Zoom (follow the link)
13:00 Q&A, open conversation and reflections
13:30 Session ends - enjoy your meal!

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Saturday 25th September
11:00- 13:30 CET time (18:00-20:30 Seoul time)

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Meeting ID: 833 7213 6450

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Ellesmere cicheto: pennywort soda bread, cranberry jam, mature cheddar and dijon mustard

Carlotta Novella — 2021.5.18 01:42 PM

WetLab in Burnley

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Pennywort and duckweed at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port (UK)

Carlotta Novella — 2021.5.18 01:27 PM

Pennywort bread prototype 1

Carlotta Novella — 2021.5.18 01:31 PM

Flavours from the canal by Hannah Fincham and Ross Bennet - as part of WetLab

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Come back to this page on Saturday 18th September for a list of ingredients, alternatives and equipment for the cooking session on Saturday 25th

Carlotta Novella — 3 weeks ago

Cucina Semi Aquatica was developed as one of the classes of School for Civic Action

Carlotta Novella — 10 days ago

Our thanks go to Francesca Ulivi from Fairland Collective and Matteo Stocco from Kinonautstudio who shaped early conversations around St Erasmo and its role within the Venice lagoon.

Carlotta Novella — 10 days ago

Cucina Semi Aquatica connects to the learnings generated through WetLab: a floating laboratory created by public works and Assembly which uses the UK canal networks as a site as well as a subject. WetLab is a space where creative minds including artists, architects, scientists, engineers and technologists invite the public to come and explore the ecology of the waterways and together envisage potential future uses for the canal in their local area.

WetLab is intended to create an opportunity for discussion and exploration, serving as a spark to imagine future uses of living on and around water. Working with the canals and waterways, WetLab will host playful experiments, workshops and cross-disciplinary discussions.

The canal-based pavilion, designed by critical design practice public works, will tour sites across Greater Manchester and Lancashire after launching in Cheshire for AND Festival 2021, becoming a hub for innovative learning, discussion, and engagement on the waterways.

WetLab by public works + Assembly is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Wigan Council. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The WetLab was designed by Rhianon Morgan Hatch and Carlotta Novella from public works and programmed and activated with Hannah Fincham and Ross Bennet from Assembly.

Carlotta Novella — 10 days ago
Cucina Semi-Aquatica

Cucina Semi-Aquatica

Venice, Online, Performance

Learning through food, from Sant'erasmo to the Liverpool and Leeds canal


Cucina Semi-Aquatica will use locally collected recipes as an entry point to discuss the ethics and economics of food in two localities that both possess a symbiotic and historical connection between land and water. Using local recipes as a critical lens, the project aims to study and draw parallels between traditional food systems and potential tools and networks of solidarity in Sant'Erasmo island in Venice and the Liverpool and Leeds Canal in the north of England.

The island of Sant'Erasmo has been a source of food for Venice since the 1500s, and is known as Orto di Venezia, which translates as The Garden of Venice. The island has undergone many changes over the years and is home to incredible stories of resilience and learning, as well as projects that challenge the way the lagoon works.

The Liverpool and Leeds Canal, which once represented the height of economic innovation and enterprise in the United Kingdom, has developed multiple identities and uses. This includes unique grounds for urban and rural wildlife and biodiversity regeneration, leisure spaces for local communities and national and international visitors, and sites of historical interest.

Drawing a parallel between these two unique realities, Cucina Semi-Aquatica will use the simple tool of cooking together (online) through a live, open classroom to begin an informal dialogue around the collective imagination for the future of these two sites. The recipes of Cucina Semi-Aquatica will be prepared simultaneously across multiple kitchens in a virtual performance that will serve as an exercise of coordination and collaboration. This classroom will use online media as a mechanism of virtual collective action and learning. It will also be part of the School for Civic Action (SCA), a pedagogical experiment developed by the not-for-profit critical design practice Public Works, which tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city-making while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction.

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