Goshka Macuga, Who Gave Us a Sponge to Erase the Horizon?, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
5 Oct – 6 Oct 2023

“Everybody Talks About the Weather − Public Program” is a two-day symposium taking place at Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, the historic Palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina. Organized in collaboration with THE NEW INSTITUTE Centre For Environmental Humanities (NICHE) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, it investigates the topics and complex questions related to the global environmental emergencies arise in the research exhibition “Everybody Talks About the Weather”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete and including scientific spotlights developed in collaboration with NICHE.

The public program will be anticipated by a closed-door seminar on “Speculative Imaginaries for Future Worlds: Climate-Fiction in the Arts and Literature”, addressed to students and scholars, organized at NICHE, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, on 4 October 2023.

5 OCTOBER 2023


Chiara Costa (Head of Programs, Fondazione Prada)
Francesca Tarocco (Director, NICHE, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)



Lesley Lokko (Curator of 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale, Founder and Director of the African Futures Institute in Accra, Ghana)
Dieter Roelstraete (Curator of “Everybody Talks About the Weather” exhibition at Fondazione Prada and Curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago)


Barbara Casavecchia (Writer, curator of The Current III for TBA21-Academy, Ocean Space)

11:45 AM—12:45 PM

If we could ask them, what would they say? Inquiries into the animal experience
Alex Jordan (Scientist, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz)


Markus Reymann (Co-Director TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary / Ocean Space)



Cornelia Mattiacci (Curator, Fondazione Prada)

2:30—3:30 PM

Everything you needed to know about climate change and were afraid to ask – Latest findings from the IPCC
Debra Roberts (Scientist and IPCC co-president, South Africa)

3:30—4:30 PM

The Climate Crisis and Human Responsibility: Navigating the Anthropocene
Carlo Barbante (Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

4:45—5:30 PM

Environment and neurodegenerative disease: A call to action
Giancarlo Comi (Neurologist, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan)

6 OCTOBER 2023


Cristina Baldacci (Associate Professor in History of Contemporary Art, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, NICHE, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

10:30—11:30 AM

1.5° To stay alive: The climate reality of the Marshall Islands
Selina Leem (Climate Change activist, Marshall Islands)

11:30 AM—12:30 PM

Rethinking climate from Hawaii: Indigenous science and change
Roberta Raffaetà (Anthropologist, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, NICHE, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)



Mario Mainetti (Head of Research and Publications, Fondazione Prada)

2.30—3:30 PM

Everyone’s talking about… its high time to do something about it
Bjorn Stevens (Director, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg)

3:30—4 PM

Thinking with the Elements
Macarena Gomez-Barris (Chair of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence)

4 PM

How Does the World End (for Others)?
With Josephine James and Vivienne James
performance by artists Beate Geissler / Oliver Sann