Moon Goose – Agnes Meyer-Brandis
For my first blog, I have chosen to write about an exhibition titled Republic of the Moon which started in January and is presented by a group of artists known as The Arts Catalyst. It was by chance, listening to an arts programme on radio that I first heard about the exhibition and the stated reason for the exhibition was to raise the public awareness of the future ‘colonisation’ of the moon. It is nearly 4 decades since man walked on the Moon, however, you might be surprised to learn that the race to the Moon if definitely on with nations vying for the mineral rights to plunder the Moon for its mineral wealth and resources. This is, of course, only a stepping stone to colonising Mars.The question of who the owns the Moon is one that is still to be answered.
The Arts Catalyst, a sort of ‘Green Peace’ of the art world, have taken up the challenge and have presented an alternative vision with their exhibition Republic of the Moon which has been running at the Bargehouse, South Bank since early January. It might all sound a bit far fetched, but how far from the truth is it all?. Why shouldn’t artists have something to say as well? We are obligated to challenge what concerns us.
The Arts Catalyst has transformed the Bargehouse into an Earth-based embassy for a ‘Republic of the Moon’ with international artists works, fantastical imaginings, performances, music, talks and a pop-up moon shop – all as a playful protest against lunar exploitation. A manifesto declaring the Moon a temporary autonomous zone with responses from artists and scientists alike.
Artists have been fascinated by our nearest astronomical neighbour for centuries. In this exhibition six international artists (Anges Meyer-Brandis, Liliane Lijn, Katie Paterson, Leonid Tishkov, Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser) bring their ideas of how we might respond to this new territory, which technically belongs to everyone. This exhibition imagines a Republic of the Moon as a micro-nation for alternative visions of lunar life.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. I have used information from this website : www.artscatalyst.org/moon which goes into far more detail.
Private Moon – Leonid Tishkov
Of the art works in this exhibition, Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ work really resonates with me – in Moon Goose she looks at the Lunar migration of birds and this is woven with imagination, fact, myth from the past, present and future. She actually raised 11 moon geese from birth, giving them astronauts’ names and imprinting them on herself as goose-mother, training them to fly and taking them on expeditions.
Leonid Tishkov’s Private Moon tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life. His intimate photos are paired with verse which describes how the Moon helps us to overcome our loneliness in the universe by uniting us around it.
In this exhibition, there are many other epitaphs to the Moon, both mystical and more factual.