VIDEONALE.14 - Award Ceremony

The KfW-Audience Award of Videonale: Agnes Meyer-Brandis

(lifePR) ( Köln, )
The public has decided: With a clear margin, the visitors to VIDEONALE.14 have selected Agnes Meyer-Brandis Video "The Moon Goose Colony" as their favourite among the 41 video works exhibited there. The artist's works describe a journey at the joint of art and science and research the boundary between fact and fiction, fantasy and technology. This also applies to "Moon Goose Colony", a humorous work, in which the artist, adapting a novel's plot, prepares a group of geese for their fly to the moon.

At the finissage on April 7 2013, Nicola Müllerschön, KFW Stiftung programme director for art and culture, presented the KfW-Audience Award of Videonale of 3000 euros to Agnes Meyer-Brandis. The KfW Stiftung is a sponsor of Videonale and also awards the Videonale Prize, selected by a jury and worth 5000 euros. "Art depends on participation. With the KfW-Audience Award of Videonale, we want to invite the visitors to play an active part in the Videonale and tell us about their exhibition favourites", says Müllerschön. "We are very pleased with the high level of participation and offer our congratulations to Agnes Meyer-Brandis."

In addition, Müllerschön was able to congratulate a further prize winner, one of the numerous visitors who took part in the voting for the KfW-Audience Award of Videonale. The winner was presented with a travel voucher, also awarded by the KfW Stiftung and worth 1000 euros, for a visit to one of the cities to be visited by VIDEONALE.14 on Tour.

The Moon Goose Colony - an extract from the description by Nihan Aydin - in the Videonale catalogue:

Does the Moon-Goose exist? A special species of duck, the only one which has the ability to fly to the moon?

Agnes Meyer-Brandis records how a generation of moon-geese are raised, from when they hatch till they are fully fledged. In doing so, she takes quite literally a novel written by Francis Gordon in 1603 in which he writes about geese which can fly to the moon. The twenty eight chapters of the "Moon Goose Colony" are a methodical document of how the young geese progress. In the role of goose mother, the artist teaches the goslings not only the basics of life but also, dressed in a space suit, trains them as astronauts. The film's commentary, based on the modern text and in scientific jargon, is spoken by a male voice. The seriousness of the speaker, and of the young artist who rears her goslings lovingly, is contradicted by scurrility of the pictures which show the interaction of person and animal, quasi-academic recordings and the use of instruments from space flight. The images consistently undermine the attempt to set up a situation which would do justice to a scientific experiment.

Biographical data of the artist:

*1973 in Aachen, GER, lives and works in KölnCologne, GER

studied at Art Academy in Maastricht, NED, Art Academy Düsseldorf GER and at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, GER

Exhibitions [Selection]:

2012 Possible Waters, Goethe Instiute Tokyo, JPN Lexus Hybrid Art 2012, Design Center Artplay, Moscow, RUS 2011 Beyond, Kunstraum München, MünchenMunich, GER Of Rocks and Rockets, Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, KölnCologne, GER 2010 Wolkenkern-Scanner - Im Troposphärenlabor, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, GER / glasmoog, KölnCologne, GER
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