Agnes Meyer-Brandis, artist, founder and director of the "Forschungsfloss FFUR / Institute for Art and subjective Science", BerlinVenue:
HGB, Raum 2.41
In „Have a Tea with a Tree“, artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis dedicates herself to artistic reality research, which she has conducted in recent years at forest and climate research stations in Europe. The results are part of her "FORSCHUNGSFLOSS" (research raft), a constantly transforming meta-installation in the form of the "Institute for Art and Subjective Science", founded in 2003, and the evolving series of works "Tools To Search". Starting with an artistic experiment and performance in weightlessness, the artist developed her very own series of tests for the behavior of drops in weightlessness on a parabolic flight in collaboration with the German space agency DLR, and subsequently realized a series of installations, long-term performances or experiments dealing with gravity, flying, floating and falling. In the series "Impact - Studies on Cause and Effect" she explores, among other things, effects of gravity on the human body. Inspired by Francis Godwin's 1603 tale "The man in the moone," the artist has raised her own eleven-member goose crew in her poetic "Moon Goose Experiment" (since 2008), following Konrad Lorenz's method, with the intention of preparing them for their journey to the moon with astronaut training. The artist's speculations about a cup of tea and its concrete site-specific generation from "data and everything that falls from the sky" take the audience into the forest, the clouds, or the floating matter in between to contemplate artistic and scientific methods of surveying the invisible.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis is a Berlin-based artist with a background in sculpture and new media. Her work straddles the fringes of science, fiction and fantasy. After training in mineralogy and studying at the art academies in Maastricht and Düsseldorf and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) Cologne, she is the founder and director of Forschungsfloß, an institute for art and subjective science that deliberately "asks questions but does not provide answers" in areas such as climate research, environmental studies, meteorology, and synthetic and artistic biology. Meyer-Brandis' work has been exhibited worldwide and has won numerous awards, including a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction and the European Kairos Prize.
The talk is part of the public event series EXPANDED SUSTAINABILITY of Prof. Christin Lahr's class Artistic Action and Research with guests in the winter semester 2022/23.