During the reflection phase, all artists in residence got a chance to meet with the selected experts. Considering the Covid-19 restrictions and availability of partners, the initial meetings were held over ZOOM.
The winners of The Future of High Waters: Nature-Based Solutions for The Venetian Lagoon challenge: Sonia Levy, Heather Anne Swanson, Meredith Root-Bernstein and Alexandra Arènes, got the opportunity to talk with the co-founder and executive director of We are here Venice (WahV) Jane da Mosto on January 1 and continued by meeting a cultural geographer and researcher Francesco Visentin on January 26.
Together with Visentin, the group discussed the relationship of the lagoon with the ocean and the land –the debris of rivers ending in the lagoon and its function as a medieval wall, still present today. Reflecting on the specific experience of living in Venice, they asked questions regarding the lagoon’s artificiality and the distinction from the other lagoons near Venice.