Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

summer school “The shape of water”


3 – 14 July 2023

Venice, Italy


artistic director: Giorgio Andreotta Calò

scientific director: Stefano Riccioni

scientific coordination: Cecilia Franchini (Benedetto Marcello Music Conservatory) Stefano Riccioni (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) Giuliano Sergio (Academy of Fine Arts of Venice) Angela Vettese (Università Iuav di Venezia)


applications online by 20 March 2023: www.studyinvenice.it/en.

Students are required to be currently enrolled at a higher education institution, and have a certified B2 level of the English language.


credits: 4 ECTS

fees:  € 700 for the full 2 weeks

Programme fees cover all instruction and field activities, student administration (including the issue of a final transcript) and orientation.



Applications are now open for the first summer school organised by Study in Venice (Università Iuav di Venezia with Ca' Foscari University, Venice Academy of Fine Arts, Benedetto Marcello Music Conservatory).


The project: multidisciplinarity, workshops and international atmosphere

The shape of the water is an experimental, multidisciplinary training project that aims at welcoming diverse students from all over the world who wish to experience Venice together to draw inspiration from it and build an original narrative vision of the lagoon city.

The students will be guided by professors from the four partner institutions on a journey combining the hands-on exploration of the city with guided tours and university lectures on Archaeology, Architecture, Art and Music History, Performing Arts and Environmental Science.


The Summer School will be curated by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Venice, 1979), an artist who combines a great international experience with a profound knowledge of the city. The 'Souvenise' programme designed by Andreotta Calò for the Summer School sees the city of Venice as a privileged observatory from which to try to understand the changes that are taking place on a macroscopic scale. The focus of the investigation will be water, which, with its cadenced variations in level dictated by tides, is the element that most characterises the territory, thereby governing its flows and most manifest phenomena.


The practice of walking - a fundamental element in the artist's research - will become an instrument for exploring the city and its immediate surroundings. During the planned collective walks, the students will be invited to collaborate actively through visual, tactile and sound practices and exercises. Said practices will be useful in informing the students’ unprecedented vision of the city, regardless of the trajectories defined by mass tourism, which often does not consider the complexity and fragility that characterise this place.


The final part of the workshop will enable the participants to synthesise their experiences in the field and the theoretical courses into an intensive workshop that will see them create a 'souvenir' based on a project or a music text, which will represent their personal experience of the city and its ecosystem, including artistic performances. The materials collected during the workshop will thus be studied to transform and overturn the rationale underlying souvenirs, objects symbolic of the city and the tourist monoculture that defines it in the eyes of the world.







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