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Public Program
In Conversation:
Janna Kaplan and Agnes Meyer-Brandis

In conjunction with the exhibition
Setting Out
organized by Shona Kitchen, Aly Ogasian, and Jennifer Dalton Vincent

Friday, February 26: 7 pm 

MOBILE MOON, Astronaut Training Method No. V, Videostill, Moon Goose Colony, 2011 © Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bild Kunst, 2016
Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Janna Kaplan will talk about astronaut training as it applies to both humans and animals. They will discuss the tasks and challenges of preparing for spaceflight, and the vulnerability of being exposed to the extreme conditions of space.

Setting Out explores how the nature of expeditions has evolved into the modern day. Incorporating the work of archaeologists, engineers, scientists, and artists exploring a variety of realms both geographical and beyond, the exhibition demonstrates that all these expeditions share the same eager hunger to uncover the unknown.

Janna Kaplan, M.S., is Lecturer in Psychology and Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University’s Graybiel Lab, specializing in Neuropsychology and Space Research. At Brandeis since 1983, she studies human adaptation to various conditions of space flight, such as zero-G, high-G, artificial gravity environments, spatial orientation, and space motion sickness. Within the Graybiel Lab, Kaplan has developed a program initiating commercial and private payload and research of astronaut training, of which she is now Program Lead and Senior Scientist. The training protocol focuses on sensorimotor human factors of flight, such as space motion sickness, spatial disorientation, spatial illusions, and movement errors in changing gravitoinertial force environments. Kaplan serves on Faculty Advisory Councils of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, and of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute for the Study of Jewish Women. She frequently lectures on the science of space exploration. Of special interest to her is the role of STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, math) in the empowerment and intellectual development of adolescent girls.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis is a German installation artist known for Moon Goose Colony, an internationally-exhibited artwork and film in which she raises a flock of geese and teaches them to become astronauts. After briefly studying mineralogy at the RWTH Aachen University, Meyer-Brandis studied sculpture at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands, studied with Czech photographer and conceptual artist Magdalena Jetelová at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany, and then earned a master's degree in audio visual media from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in Cologne, Germany. Meyer-Brandis' other artworks include her Iceberg Probe, which won first prize at transmediale 2006; a 2008 installation investigating the effects of a total solar eclipse on a zoo in Novosibirsk from an artistic point of view; and a project in association with the city of Yekaterinburg at the third Moscow Biennale in 2009. In 2014, Meyer-Brandis took part in the exhibition The Invisible Force Behind, at Imai – inter media art institute in Quadriennale Düsseldorf.

Please join us for this apexart event.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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