IMPACT: Studies in cause and effects


16.05 - 27.05.2009

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Program: [Artist-in-residence]

Place: NCCA fiel

Curator: [Alisa Prudnikova]

Coordinator: [Irina Kudryavtseva]

Participant: [Agnes Meyer-Brandis]

Partners: The Goethe-Institut in Moscow


Artist in residence: Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany)

The international project "Art on Site" stimulates the creation of new works of art by means of plunging seven German artists into city spaces, previously unknown to them, and makes it possible to see Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg through the prism of each authors perception. The project develops the artist-in-residence program in Russia and supports an intercultural dialogue in the sphere of contemporary art.

The realization of the whole program takes 19 months. The project "Art on Site" was initiated by the Goethe-Institut Moscow and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and is realized with the assistance of the European Union. The final stage of the project "Art on Site" in September 2009 is a joint exhibition and a symposium in Moscow in the framework of the 3rd Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Arts

In her career, Agnes Meyer-Brandis is engaged in fine arts and new media. Her works presented and praised at international exhibitions describe a journey at the joint of art and science and research the boundary between fact and fiction, fantasy and technology. She similarly devotes herself to places and situations both public and imaginary. Agnes Meyer-Brandis is the founder of the Research Raft for Subterranean Reefology u.V. ("Forschungsfloß FFUR"), a small institute that carries out research focused on investigating and studying underground phenomena and forms of life.

During her residency in Ekaterinburg Agnes Meyer-Brandis has conducted and realized several activities that resulted in her final project.

IMPACT: Studies in cause and effects

May 16

Meteor Watching and Meteorite Scanning

Visitors of the Museum Night 2009 in Ekaterinburg received a unique chance to witness a fall of a celestial object. The impact of the meteorite was promptly investigated by the FFUR Institute. The viewers were invited to participate in the process of meteorite scanning and to discover special worlds inside each of the meteorite pieces populated with the cosmic creatures engaged in their extraterrestrial activities.

May 24

Moon Walk. Space Travel for Beginners.

dance workshop & performance

How to feel oneself being on the moon while remaining physically on Earth? Is it possible to sense the moonness (as analogous to sunness) in the center of Ekaterinburg? Moon walk, or slipping backwards is a dance technique when a dancer moves back but creating an illusion of moving forward.

The workshop is led by Alexander BOOMER Chervinsky choreographer, director of a dance studio.

May 27

Golden Crater Opening

The Research-Raft FFUR and Agnes Meyer-Brandis undertook a research of the crater that was formed by the fall of the meteorite on May, 16th. 10 days after, a public-art object Golden Crater was erected on the location of the impact to commemorate this exclusive and monumental event in the history of the city.

Alisa Prudnikova, curator of the project:

Artists would feign and play, make up stories and tell fairy tales. Agnes Meyer-Brandis discovers her own miracles in a realm where most people only see boring graphs and rigid formulas the Earth Sciences. To do that, she runs her own research institute and a laboratory, formulates her ideas with maximum precision and is able to find a common language with any expert. And, after she has learned the most about the problem, she sets about creating her world.

The projects undertaken by Agnes and her "research institute" may be described as art & fiction, large-scale simulated explorations of the terrestrial depths and heavenly heights. When a work of art strives to incorporate the history of a specific location, the whole array of various semantic levels comes to the surface. The peculiarity of such projects is that their status as art works is unobvious; their appreciation requires tolerance and competence but it rewards us with the intensity of experience and gives us incentive to investigate something new and (seemingly) distant.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis:

"Golden crater" sculpture is a memorial for the meteorite impact and for the possibilities possibilities in daily life; a memorial for the unknown, for imagination, for story telling. Stories form our lives and our reality. Even science could be seen as common story telling. "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." (Muriel Rukeyser)

We do not only need the luck that a meteorite will touch ground right here and right tonight, but also need to know how to recognize a meteorite amongst other terrestrial stones. Meteorites look like stones but they contain cosmic material. Sometimes they are very heavy and consist of material with high density, compressed by heat and millions of years traveling through outer space. And sometimes they are light containing voids with extraterrestrial atmosphere encapsulated pockets filled with preserved weightlessness. How can we know, if this is a stone from earth or a fallen shooting star, an alien stone? Meteorite scanning is one of the methods to identify cosmic material?

Further information about the IMPACT project and Agnes Meyer-Brandis residence in Ekaterinburg:

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