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RISORGIVA | endangered ecosystems

Project conceived and curated by Francesco Scarel (Liminal Research ETS) within the Staranzano Water Festival
with the contribution of the Municipality of Staranzano and the FVG Region

Collaborations: Peter Purg, Xcenter and Xmobil, Miha Godec, Organic Audio, Filippo Gobbato, Mattia Cuttini, Michele Libralato, PiNA, Mauricio Valdes

Wetlands are waterlogged ecosystems that provide habitat, protection from flooding, water purification and carbon storage

A nature-based solution to climate change crisis

Part I - Exploration and Data Collection

A series of workshops and laboratories aimed at gathering scientific information and data on the Schiavetti biotope, a wetland area located near the mouth of the Isonzo River in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Together with classes from the BEM High School, we explored this area to protect and preserve it: wetlands represent one of the natural solutions to climate change, as they absorb carbon dioxide significantly more than forests.

Through interdisciplinary scientific/artistic laboratories, we collected data on an endangered ecosystem, one that will certainly not be the same in 50 years. The objective is to then construct an exhibition that can present the biotope in the form of images, videos, sounds, and data to visitors of the 2024 Water Festival in Staranzano.

The results, data, sounds, and images representing the biotope of 2024 will then be enclosed in a time capsule, a hermetic steel container to be buried near the BEM School, which will commit to keeping it sealed until the scheduled reopening in 2054.

Workshops conducted:

- Chemical-physical analysis of water: salinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, and nitrites.
- Artistic exploration with artist Miha Godec of water and soil samples collected, using TDS and humidity sensors connected to a modular synthesizer, resulting in a sonification of the various parameters previously collected by students, highlighted by numerical parameters using scientific instruments.
- Field recording workshop, exploration, and recording of environmental sounds with various types of microphones, including underwater ones, to then reproduce a unique and unrepeatable acoustic environment. The restitution of the biotope's sounds will take place through an artistic installation, thanks to Mauricio Valdes of PiNA (Koper, Slo) and dodekaOTTO, a device for listening to sound in 3D.
- Delta T, a workshop with a thermal camera provided by the University of Udine along with researcher Michele Libralato, artist Mattia Cuttini, and science communicator Francesco Scarel, to discuss temperature and heat exchange between bodies in an ecosystem, a delicate topic made visible by the infrared sensor of the thermal camera.
- Some students participated in a video workshop led by Filippo Gobbato of Piccolo Cinema Onirico and documented the three days of workshops.

To ensure electricity in the field, we could rely on Professor Peter Purg and the Xmobil, a mobile and modular laboratory with solar panels that provides electricity where needed, provided by Xcenter, the science museum of Nova Gorica (Slo).