The ecology workshop, designed and led by Paolo Rosso of MICROCLIMA, is a continuous program component of the Green light workshop in Venice and unfolds in several group trips through the Venetian lagoon.
What bearing does nature possess in defining our feelings of belonging to a place? Does the natural environment have the potential to foster or to stimulate the perception of a universal interconnectivity of humans, animals, plants, the “mesh”? Is it even a “transcendent principle”, or just an old-fashioned textual signifier for something we will never be able to truly grasp in its entirety?
By venturing out on a full day boat trip into the socio-ecological tissue of the lagoon of Venice, Green light participants set out to share their individual yet often culturally specific conceptions of nature. Collectively they investigate the manifold potentialities and plethora of histories and peculiarities that the local bio-system of Venice has preserved. Culminating in a number of encounters with local fishermen, botanists, environmental initiatives, and artists, this ecology workshop is devised to instigate a generative cross-cultural exchange of knowledges and traditions and to foster an ecology of “rhizomatic thought2.
Rhizomatic thought is the principle behind what I call the Poetics of Relation, in which each and every identity is extended through a relationship with the Other. – Édouard Glissant
The previous boat trips have included visits to Collegio Armeno, the Natural History Museum, Sant'Andrea Island, meetings with a shipwright, a glass blower from Senegal, rowing classes, and others.
The workshops are conducted by Paolo Rosso, artistic director of MICROCLIMA. MICROCLIMA is a cultural program geared towards projects related to the natural world, cultural heritage and the public sphere with branches in Guwahati (India), Santiago (Cuba), and Ulaanbataar (Mongolia).