Agnes Meyer-Brandis is an artist based in Berlin, Germany and has been involved in two major Arts Catalyst initiatives. Meyer-Brandis’ artistic practice is influenced by scientific research focused on the exploration of new worlds.
Meyer-Brandis is the founder and director of the Research Raft for Subterranean Reefology (FFUR) which has explored deep in the dark zone above the earth and ice.
In March 2011, Meyer-Brandis attended The Arts Catalyst’s Kosmica evening to talk about art, science and weightlessness. At this event, the artist explained details about her project Cloud-Core-Scanner, which involved a microgravity-generating flying manoeuvre carried out with the DLR (German Aerospace Centre).
In late 2011, Agnes Meyer-Brandis was commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for a project with the touring exhibition “Republic of the Moon” curated by Rob la Frenais. This project was entitled “The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility”. For this project, Meyer-Brandis was inspired by the book “The Man in the Moone” written by the English bishop Francis Godwin in 1603, in which the protagonist flies to the Moon in a chariot towed by “moon geese”.
To make the “moon geese” concept a reality, the artist raised eleven moon geese from birth in Pollinaria, Italy. The geese were named after the astronauts Neil, Svetlana, Gozales, Valentina, Friede, Juri, Buzz, Kaguya-Anousheh, Irena, Rakesh and Konstantin-Hermann. Additionally, Meyer-Brandis taught the geese to fly, took the geese on expeditions and housed them in a remote Moon analogue habitat which simulates the conditions of the moon.
For the Republic of the Moon exhibition, the artist constructed a control room installation within a number of galleries around Europe and America, where visitors could interact with the geese. This exhibition also displayed instructional videos, photographs and vitrines of the geese’s egg shells and footprints.
“Moon Goose Analogue” was exhibited at the following galleries; Culver Center of the Arts in Los Angeles USA, GAK Gesellschaft fur Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen Germany, Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, Zuivelmarkt 33 in Hasselt, Belgium, FACT in Liverpool UK, Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne UK and Exhibition Cyberarts in Linz, Austria.
In April 2013, Agnes Meyer-Brandis attended the Yuri’s Night Kosmica at Zuivelmarkt 33 in Belgium to talk about how she started the Moon Goose project and exhibited the control room of Moon Goose Analogue as part of Space Odyssey 2.0.