5 September 2012

An artwork that was part of FACT's Republic of the Moon exhibition has won a major international award.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis's The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility recently received an award of distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2012 - known as the Oscars of computer art.

Visitors to FACT will remember Agnes's work, which could be seen in our Gallery 1 space between December 2011 and February this year.

Inspired by what is considered to be the first ever science fiction novel, Francis Godwin's The Man in the Moone, the artist bred eleven 'moon geese'. In the story, the geese flew to the moon, carrying a chariot.

So raising them from birth and giving them astronauts' names, Agnes trained her geese to fly, took them on expeditions and housed them in a remote moon analogue habitat in Pollinaria, Italy. Back at FACT, visitors to the exhibition could see and interact with the geese in real time from a control room in the gallery.

The Prix Ars Electronica, now in its 25th year, is open to anyone who uses computers as a medium to implement and design creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society. Not only that, but it also offers the largest cash purse for cyber arts worldwide. Agnes, who lives and works in Cologne, was awarded in the 'hybrid art' category.

The ceremony was held in Linz, Austria last week, where Ars Electronica is an internationally unique platform for digital art and media culture. It consists of four divisions: the Prix, an avant-garde festival, a museum, and a media art lab.

The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility was a major commission by FACT Liverpool and The Arts Catalyst in partnership with Pollinaria, so we are thrilled to see Agnes win such an important award and be recognised on the world art stage!