The Idea

Over three days, from November 16th to 18th at Ca’Foscary University, (Dorsoduro 3246) and Ca’ Dolfin (Dorsoduro 3859/A), influential and awarded scholars, researchers, creative minds and activists will present and discuss their researches and results, innovative ideas and approaches in raising awareness for preserving the multitude of our planet and improve our fragile co-living on it. 

Ca’Foscari University’s academics moderate seminars and panel discussions and open a space for debate and reflection with international guests: Clive Adams (Director of the Center for Contemporary Art and Natural World), Sabina Airoldi (Thetys Research Institute), Carlo Barbante (Director Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of CNR), Hans Peter Egler (CEO Global Infrastructure Basel),  Freddy Paul Grunert (curator ZKM), Justin Jin (CEO Axia Materials), Fiona Mc Donald (Indiana University), Telmo Pievani(University of Padua), Chiara Tonelli (University of RomaTre), Judy Ling Wong (Honorary President of Black Environment Network), Pulitzer Prize winner Kenneth Weiss and Goldman Prize winner Ykal Ang’elei.

The highly avant-garde character of the Festival for the Earth lays in its art-based project for social transformation: the inventor and curator of the Festival, Maria Rebecca Ballestra, is an artist who aims to instigate creativeness directed at positive transformation processes in science, humanities, economy, ecology and art.

The Festival for the Earth wants to propose to broader audience possibilities of transformations, reflections and alternative modalities to reframe environmental issues. In fact, knowledge access and information flow are highly important as actual environmental emergencies urges to a radical change of perspective and practices.

Constituent part of the Festival for the Earth is the artistic residency on Certosa Island with international renowned guest artists, who are working with a focus on environmental issues and are based on transdisciplinary researches. The artists invited are: Alan Sonfist (USA),Marina Velez (UK) and Giuseppe La Spada (IT)