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The Fifth Siren

Date:

10/04/2021


The Fifth Siren

When the high tide reaches Venice, there are four levels of siren that sound to warn the population of the threat level posed by the rising water. Yet on 13 November 2019 there was no sound after the last siren, and nothing to prepare Venetians for the level of destruction that the approaching storm would bring to the town. From this void, The Fifth Siren emerged, to alert and explore what lies beyond the loudest alarm, and as an attempt to understand the new dangers - environmental, cultural, social, technological - we have to consider while facing an unknown future.

In each episode leading scientists, activists, scholars and writers (including Salvatore Settis, Guy Standing, Adam Lowe, Marigusta Lazzari, Markus Reyman, Karl Appuhn, Filippo de Vivo, Sophia Psarra, Rachel Armstrong, Andrea Segre, Giacomo Salerno, Alvise Papa, Fantina Madricardo, Georg Umgiesser, Tommaso Cacciari, Solène Rivoal, Franco Schenkel and Tommaso Gastaldi) explore the past, present and future of the city. The Fifth Siren is an ongoing conversation with the city, which long ago was a myth, and today is a cautionary tale to be told.
The Fifth Siren is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and on thefifthsiren.com

Trailer: Available from Monday 27 September.

Episode 1: Water. Available from Monday 4 October. On November 13, 2019, an exceptionally high tide hits Venice, creating damage the city has not seen before. People’s homes and shops are destroyed, the power cuts off and the city plunges into a dark, desperate night, trying to rescue what it can. Could this have been foreseen?
Episode 2: Veniceland. Available from Monday 11 October. Venice is a city full of possibilities, but it wears many disguises, disclosing only what it wants. For this very reason people are lured by its charm. Can its historical and cultural complexity survive the fate of becoming a playground for tourists?
Episode 3: Balance. Available from Monday 18 October. Throughout its environmental history, Venice has always struggled to find a balance between the city’s economic needs and the lagoon’s delicate ecosystem. Is it even possible?
Episode 4: Memory. Available from Monday 25 October. Venice is a living archive of historical memories, collected through centuries of trade and splendor. Not only records of Venetian history, but stories from the whole world can be found in the city’s archives. Yet the greatest challenge the city is facing today is depopulation. Are the archives enough to rescue a disappearing city? And what memories can an empty city create?
Episode 5: Evolution. Available from Monday 1 November. Under threat, and the only route for survival is change. In what way should the city transform? Is technology the contemporary religion that can ensure the future life of the city?

Guests include Salvatore Settis (Chairman of the Louvre Museum's Scientific Council, former director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and author of If Venice Dies), Guy Standing (Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London, and author of the The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class), Adam Lowe (Director of Factum Arte, Madrid), Marigusta Lazzari (Director of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice), Markus Reyman (Director of Ocean Space Venice), Karl Appuhn (Associate professor of History and Italian at New York University, author of A Forest on the Sea: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice), Filippo de Vivo (Professor of Early Modern History, St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Sophia Psarra (Professor of Architecture and Spatial Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, Director of its Architectural and Urban History and Theory PhD program, and author of The Venice Variations), Rachel Armstrong (Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University and a former Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), Andrea Segre (Director of the film Molecules, and Welcome Venice, presented at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival), Giovanni Pellegrini (Director of the documentary, City of Sirens), Giacomo Salerno (Scholar and activist, OCIO Collective), Alvise Papa (Director of the Venice department that monitors high tides), Fantina Madricardo (Scientist and research fellow at the Institute of Marine Sciences and National Research Council (ISMAR-CNR), Venice), Georg Umgiesser (Senior scientist at ISMAR-CNR), Tommaso Cacciari (Political activist, #NoGrandiNavi (No Big Ships) and #NoMose committee), Solène Rivoal (Senior lecturer at the Institut National Universitaire Jean-François Champollion in Albi and Toulouse), Franco Schenkel (Engineer and historian of the port of Marghera and its environmental impact), Tommaso Gastaldi (Author of The Show of the Century: Pink Floyd in Venice).

The Fifth Siren is a project by FILL Productions, supported by ICI London and Banor Capital

About FILL Productions: Marco Magini, Paolo Nelli, Giorgia Tolfo and Maddalena Vatti met in 2017, when they started working together on FILL: the Festival of Italian Literature in London. That year they sealed a successful partnership, while starting one of the most respected diaspora festivals of the last decade. With three sold-out editions under their belt –– and 72 events –– the festival became a real institution, for Italian and British festival-goers alike. In 2020 they decided they were ready for more: getting involved with new forms of storytelling and original productions. With a shared interest in the environmental crisis, cultural transformations, and cities, it felt natural to look at Venice. D.H Lawrence said, “You can’t say anything new about Venice” yet, for the first time, it felt possible. And this is how The Fifth Siren was born.

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Date: Da Monday, October 04, 2021 a Wednesday, December 01, 2021

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