HER WAYS AND MEANS – FEMALE PROTAGONISTS IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCE CONTEXTS
4. May, 7 pm
AGNES MEYER BRANDIS
in conversation with
HEIKE CATHERINA MERTENS
Program director of Hatje Cantz Publishing
Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin (TA T)
Humboldt University Berlin
In March 2017, SATELLITE BERLIN - Art in collaboration, we started the talk series HER WAYS AND MEANS – FEMAILE PROTAGONISTS IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCE CONTEXTS. We are happy to announce that the series continues in 2018 cooperating with the Humboldt University. The Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques together with SATELLITE BERLI N will plan and invite the guest speakers. The Humboldt University will concentrate on the selection of speakers from scientific areas, and SATLLITE BERLIN will select the artists.
HER Ways and Means – Female Protagonists in the Arts and Science Contexts presents major female artists in conversation with scientists, writers, and curators. All of them are known to be extraordinary creative workers and have at some stage in their career moved into the crossover-zone between the arts and science, both, independently and in collaborative projects with individual scientists or institutions. Their results and practices have been widely acclaimed by the art world and scientific community alike. We will use the historic auditorium (TA T) as a public place of contact
Being driven by questions such as “what is real?”, “how do structures and forces empower thought?”, “what is it that changes the perception of our world?” our guests` work addresses the wealth of topics and experience inherent in any interdisciplinary approach.
The artists will share with us stories of the actual process of making. They talk about what it was that first drove them to investigate the sciences and natural phenomena. How they went about contacting established scientific institutions, high end researchers, and communities. What obstacles and prejudices they encountered, if any. Whether scientific procedures affected their methods and thinking. Whether their collaboration with researchers and institutions was smooth or choppy, a success or a failure. How did they steer through the various stages of intensity resulting from either a clashing or coinciding of visions?
The scientists share with us their experiences and the knowledge they gained in interacting with art and artists. How did the contacts came about and how were the meetings and conversations? Were they able to influence the work oft he artist and did they receive certain ideas from the artists? How did their work method change or their assessment of research?
Whatever may have been the case, the artists’ urge to overcome genre barriers and to translate their questions and intuitions into something productive required a similar amount of research, expertise, daring and curiosity to that of the classic researcher.
In cooperation with the
Helmholtz-Center for Cultural Techniques
at the Humboldt University Berlin
About the speakers:
The artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, born 1973 in Aachen, Germany, studied mineralogy for a year, then transferred to the Art Academy in Maastricht, the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Cologne Media Art Academy. Coming from a background of both sculpture and new media art, she explores the zone between fact and fiction. She is the founder of the “Forschungsfloss FFUR / Research Raft “, an Institute for Art and subjective Science.
Based on an artistic experiment and performance in weightlessness conducted in cooperation with the German Space Agency DLR her work concluded in a series of realizations dedicated to gravity, flying, floating and falling, manifesting themselves in various installations and long term performances or experiments such as the “Moon Goose Colony” (since 2011, ongoing). For a more detailed description of her work, please go to her homepage: http://www.blubblubb.net/
© Foto Ulla Taipale
Heike Catherina Mertens is program director of Hatje Cantz Publishing. Prior she was Executive Director and artistic director oft he Schering Foundation in Berlin and curated numerous exhibition with internationally renowned, contemporary Artists. She is an advisor for public art projects and member of the curatorship of the KAIROS Price oft he Alfred Toepfer Foundation (F.V.S.)