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Agnes Meyer-Brandis - Moon Goose - Lunar Migration Bird Facility

Agnes Meyer-Brandis - Moon Goose - Lunar Migration Bird Facility

Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and FACT, Liverpool, in partnership with Pollinaria and coproduced by Z33.

In a curious mix of science and fiction, experiment and narrative, past and present, Agnes Meyer-Brandis creates a work inspired by The Man in the Moone. In the book of 1638, the protagonist flies to the moon with a flight of Moon Geese.Agnes Meyer-Brandis tries to turn this story into reality by raising eleven geese and training them as fully fledged astronauts. To do so, she uses a technique known as 'imprinting', used to teach animals certain behaviours through conditioning from an early age. It is a process that takes months; the geese are taught how to fly in formation, are given zero gravity training and space suit habituation. They learn about space and the moon and accompany the artist on expeditions. The geese are currently living in a simulation habitat in a crater field in Pollinaria, Italy. In Space Odyssey 2.0, live images of the habitat are shown in a control room. The geese can be seen doing tests and conducting research - just like in human simulation environments – to prepare for life on the moon. The scale model of the habitat, the artefacts and the Moon Goose Movie further illustrate the story of the moon geese and their training to become astronauts.

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Agnes Meyer-Brandis - Moon Goose - Lunar Migration Bird Facility
Agnes Meyer Brandis - Moon Goose Analogue 01
Agnes Meyer Brandis - Moon Goose Analogue 02
Agnes Meyer Brandis - Moon Goose Analogue 03
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17.02 to 19.05.2013
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