The exhibition To the Elements! Aesthetic Phenomena of Climate Change, curated by Alfons Hug, presents several video works by different artists and their vision on the topic of climate change. The weather has always inspired artists and poets and it gave ordinary people an informal start for a conversation. In our days, however, the focus of both conversations and artistic activities shifts from the weather to the climate:
Alfons Hug, born 1950 in Hochdorf, Germany, studied comparative literature and linguistics in Freiburg, Berlin, Dublin, and Moscow. He was director of the Goethe-Institut in Lagos, Brasilia, Ca¬racas, and Moscow. From 1994–98 he was head of the visual arts department at the House of World Cul-tures, Berlin. In 2002 and 2004 he was chief curator of the Bienal de Sao Paulo and in 2003 and 2005 of the Brazilian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2009 he curated the Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia/Argentina. Currently he is director of the Goethe-Institut Rio de Ja¬neiro.