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Moon Geese and Beyond – blending art and science

— A conversation between artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis and curator Ulla Taipale

Thursday 14 November 2019, 7 pm

MOBILE MOON, Astronaut Training Method No. V, Moon Goose Colony, videostill, 2011 © Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bild Kunst 2018

This illustrated conversation between artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE) and curator Ulla Taipale (FI) digs into the process and making-of behind the long-term project and performance with the fantastic Moon Geese. English bishop Francis Godwin (1562–1633) discovered “Moon Geese”, a special migration bird species that instead of traveling to the South, head their yearly flight to the Moon. Meyer-Brandis and Taipale tested the descriptions of Godwin in Siberia during the Expedition to the total solar eclipse in 2008 and after the promising results of this Russian moon flight with local Moon Geese, Meyer-Brandis continued working with her own geese colony on an Italian farm, to train them for future space travels. The audience has a chance to see unedited material from the expedition to Russia, and of the Moon Goose astronaut in Italy, amongst others.