12 March, 2009

Intempéries - São Paulo

In the exhibition "Intempéries" in São Paulo, 28 participants from 5 continents reflect on weather extremes and climate anomalies, drawing attention to the interdependence of nature and human activity.


7 March - 12 April 2009
Oca (Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez)
Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo

International: Alfons Hug
Brazil: Alberto Saraiva

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Summary of information, curatorial text, photo tour through the exhibition

The exhibition is organized by the Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro in cooperation with the cultural center Oi Futuro (Rio de Janeiro) and the Biennial of the End of the World (Argentina).

Climatic phenomena, which are being increasingly medialized, need to be "reculturalized" by measuring the aesthetic temperatures of a new feeling for life. However, the kind of aesthetic treatment of weather and landscape we are proposing could possibly contribute more to preserving both than a purely scientific approach.

curatorial text


"In Antiquity, philosophers believed that for reasons of symmetry the southern hemisphere must contain a counterweight to the land mass of the northern hemisphere.

Mercator's 16th century maps also claim the presence of a "large southern continent" (Terra Australis Incognita), which was regarded as a tropical paradise."

Reading the curatorial text, two things spring to mind

- firstly, Australian art has a large engagement with the landscape and the environment and we are experiencing some of our most extreme weather

- secondly, discussion of the 'missing southern continent' has frequently been applied to Australia

So my question is simply, "why are there no Australian artists in this exhibition?"

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