Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ work weaves together history, popular science and fiction. It is inspired by the 1638 book The Man in the Moone by English bishop Francis Godwin, in which the protagonist flies to the moon in a chariot towed by moon geese. The artist has made this a reality by raising eleven moon geese from birth, giving them astronauts’ names and training them to fly. A control room in the museum broadcast a live stream of the geese.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis, lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Art Academy in Maastricht, the Dusseldorf Art Academy and the Cologne Media Art Academy. Her work is at the experimental edge of art and science, exploring the zone between fact and fiction. Meyer-Brandis is the founder of the Forschungsfloss FFUR / Research Raft for Subterranean Reefology, a small institute whose chief aim is to explore and confirm subterranean phenomena and unknown life forms. Her work has been exhibited widely including solo shows at: Kunstraum, Munich; Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, Cologne; Schering Stiftung, Berlin; National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA), Russia; Kunstraum Düsseldorf; and Galerie Kapelica, Ljubljana. She has participated in many festivals including: Ars Electronica, Linz; Transmediale, Berlin; Shift Festival, Basel; CynetArt, Dresden; The Game is Up, Vooruit, Gent; and Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo. In 2012 she received an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica.
Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and FACT, part of Republic of the Moon.
Preview: Fri 2 March 2012, 9am-3pm
Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012
Newcastle NE2 4PT
Mon – Sat 10am–5pm