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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 — 2021.9.2 07:31 AM

On Saturday 25th September the Cucina Semi Aquatica opened its online doors for a lunch and dinner cooking workshop which focused on introducing productive landscapes, existing between land and water, through the medium of food.
We cooked together via Zoom and the recording of this session will be available soon on Future School website.

On the day, we created three simple dishes - one starter, a main and a dessert - inspired by the Venice island of St Erasmo and the Liverpool and Leeds Canal.

The recipes we explores departed and took inspiration from these two very different landscapes, looking at their history and evolution across time. Although the meal featured ingredients which are very much local to these two sites, we invite everyone to recreate the recipes with the ingredients representing territories between land and water which are more local to them.

On this page you can find a list of ingredients - and guidelines on how to find local equivalents - the full cooking process and a list of utensils you might need if you plan to create the three recipes at home.

To share with us your adapted recipes, you can email carlotta@publicworksgroup.net

Thank you!

Carlotta Novella — 2021.10.16 03:13 PM

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 — 2021.9.2 07:41 AM

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 — 2021.9.2 07:43 AM

Pennywort Soda Bread from Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum

Carlotta Novella — 2021.9.18 03:58 PM

Creamy Polenta with St Erasmo purple artichokes, crispy sage and Doge honey, exploring St Erasmo Island

Carlotta Novella — 2021.9.18 04:00 PM

Pear Sorbet with Meadowsweet Syrup, developed at Burnley Marina

Carlotta Novella — 2021.9.18 04:02 PM

Creamy Polenta, St Erasmo's artichokes, crunchy sage and Doge honey

Carlotta Novella — 2021.10.16 03:17 PM

St Erasmo landscapes - September 2021

Carlotta Novella — 2021.9.18 02:09 PM

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

Carlotta Novella — 2021.9.6 12:06 PM

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 — 2021.9.6 12:02 PM

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 — 2021.9.6 12:04 PM
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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