Past Screenings

The Moon Goose Colony

Agnes Meyer-Brandis

The Moon Goose Colony

2011/2012, 20’56”

24  March – 30 March 2015




In documentary film “The Moon Goose Colony” the artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis develops an ongoing narrative based on the book “The Man in the Moone”, written by the English bishop Francis Godwin in 1638, in which the protagonist flies to the Moon in a chariot towed by ‘moon geese’. Meyer-Brandis has actualised this concept by raising eleven moon geese from birth in Italy, giving them astronauts’ names, imprinting them on herself as goose-mother, training them to fly and taking them on expeditions and housing them in a remote Moon analogue habitat. The Moon Goose Colony is a Pollinaria project and formed part of ‘The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility’ commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and FACT Liverpool.



The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird facility

Moon Goose Colony: The video

The Moon Goose Experiment: A bio-poetic investigation


“The work I do is a poetic approach to the unknown. […] I explore the constructions of reality. I am very much interested in the role of imagination.” Angela Meyer-Brandis, in Wired magazine (full article can be found here).


Moon Goose Colony, P1 is a Pollinaria Project by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, 2011

THE MOON GOOSE ANALOGUE, Lunar Migration Bird Facility is commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and FACT Liverpool

CAMERA – Jens Brand, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Anja Gerecke, Tamara Lorenz, Andrea Strsccini

EDITOR – Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Jack Whiteley

SOUNDS DESIGN – Johannes Kraemer

VOICEOVER – Paul Chan, Agnes Meyer-Brandis

VOICEOVER RECORDED AT – Binary Cell Studios, Liverpool

THANKS – Daniela D’Arielli, Jens Brand, Gaetano Carboni, Gillean Dickie, Rob Le Franais, Anja Gerecke, Tamara Lorenz

GEESE BREEDER SUPPORT – Marion Bohn, Mirco Ronchetti, Francesco Silletta

FARM AND GEESE SUPPORT – Armidoro Perrotti, Manuela Perrotti





Otolith I

The Otolith Group and Richard Couzins

Otolith I

2003, 23’16”

17 March – 23 March 2015


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“There is no memory without image and no image without memory.  Image is the matter of memory.”

Otolith 1


Otolith I is set in the 22nd Century, when the human race is no longer able to survive on earth and is obliged to live in the agravic conditions of the International Space Station. Dr. Usha Adebaran Sagar, the future descendent of Otolith Group member Anjalika Sagar, is an exo- anthropologist researching life on an earth that she can experience only through media archives. Otolith imagines a mutant future that simultaneously harks back to the post war era of non-alignment so as to indicate an connection between the production of commonality in South Asia, USSR and the present. Otolith 1 was the Otolith Group’s first project. It was commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and the M.I.R. Consortium (Arts Catalyst, Projekt Atol, V2, Leonardo-Olats).

Otolith I

Otolith II

Otolith III

Otolith noun

“1. (Gr lithos stone) a calcerous concretion in the ear of various animals, the movement of which helps the animal to maintain equilibrium.”

Source: Chambers Dictionary

Waiting for the Future – Nina Power on the Otolith Trilogy (Frieze Magazine 2010)

“There are more futures than we realize, and more failures too. The past is littered with the debris of these futures, while our present incorporates the unstable collective memory of hopes that have long since been abandoned… [The Otolith Group’s] use of documentary footage, of archives both familiar and alien, provides a melancholy window onto worlds not created and paths not followed… [full article here]”

Courtesy Nina Power and Frieze Magazine.

About the Otolith Group

The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun who live and work in London. The work is research based and in particular has focused on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events and histories in their most expanded form.


Directed and Edited by the Otolith Group

Narration – Anjalika Sagar

Camera – Richard Couzins

Script – Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar

Sound Design – Trevor Mathison and Anjalika Sagar

Sound track – Ekkehard Ehlers, Plays John Cassavetes

Standard 8 Film used by kind permission of Vidya Sagar

Women in Space, British Film Institute, ETV Collection

With Special Thanks to: Chitra Gyan-Chand, Anand Patwardhan, Trevor Mathison, Ewen Chardronnet, Duncan Youngerman, Jean Luc Soret, Natasha Petresin, Kathy Rae Huffman, Vidya Sagar and Michelle Deignan.

Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and the MIR Consortium


Courtesy of The Otolith Group and LUX, London


Half Life

Chris Oakley

Half Life

2008, 14’36”, HD video

10 March – 16 March 2015


half life


Half-life looks at the histories of Harwell, birthplace of the UK nuclear industry, and the development of fusion energy technology at the Culham facility in Oxfordshire. Produced with the cooperation of both these organisations, the film examines nuclear science research through a historical and cultural filter. Drawing on archive footage of the sites, alongside contemporary materials, the work takes structural clues from nuclear physics, exploring the heritage of nuclear energy from the roots of the technology that drove the industrial revolution. The relationship between nature, and our reliance on mineral energy resources, and the portrayal of the often-mundane realities of nuclear research seek to ‘normalise’ emotionally driven debates around the subject. With the recent widespread acceptance of the reality of climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions, the work explores the realities and myths surrounding the nuclear sciences. Half-life was commissioned by the Arts Catalyst and SCAN.


The average time needed for half the nuclei in a sample of a radioactive substance to undergo radioactive decay. The half-life of a substance does not equal half of its full duration of radioactivity. For example, if one starts with 100 grams of radium 229, whose half-life is 4 minutes, then after 4 minutes only 50 grams of radium will be left in the sample, after 8 minutes 25 grams will be left, after 12 minutes 12.5 grams will be left, and so on.
Source: The American Heritage® Science Dictionary


The Arts Catalyst

The Arts Catalyst is one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious art commissions and its unique take on art-science practice.  The organisation’s primary focus is commissioning new artists’ projects, presented in a range of museums, art galleries and other public spaces in the UK and internationally. In its 20 years, The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 120 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, Yuri Leiderman, Stefan Gec, Otolith Group, Beatriz da Costa, Kira O’Reilly and Marko Peljhan, and has produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with major arts, science and academic organisations.

The Arts Catalyst plays a leading role in the development of artists’ engagement with science, and critical discourse around this field. Through commissions, exhibitions and events, Arts Catalyst enables people to have distinctive, thought-provoking experiences that transcend traditional boundaries of art and science.

Nuclear Fission

Spontaneous or induced splitting of an atomic nucleus, usually with an associated release of energy.  The most common fissile nuclear fuels are uranium-235 (half-life 704 million years) and plutonium-239 (half-life 24,110 years).

Nuclear Fusion

The creation of a new nucleus by merging two lighter ones, with the release of energy.

Arts Catalyst Nuclear Culture Project

The Nuclear Culture Project is a curatorial exploration of nuclear culture, which began with considering the conceptual and cultural challenges of dismantling nuclear submarines in the UK, inviting artists to consider the aesthetic, conceptual, ethical and cultural concerns of nuclear submarines in conjunction with experts in the field. The project is bringing together scientists, engineers and community activists with artists and ethicists to develop new opportunities for creative practice investigating nuclear culture. Specific areas of enquiry include: the invisibility of the nuclear economy, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, geological waste storage, the Anthropocene, and nuclear humanities [more here].

Nuclear Culture website here.

Eva & Franco Mattes Plan C

“We made a rather adventurous trip to Chernobyl, Ukraine, site in 1986 of one of the most dramatic nuclear disasters ever…[more here].”