Projects

The Large Meteor T-R-A-P (Terrestrial-Rerouting-Array-Pad)

Video Installation by Agnes Meyer-Brandis in the F.N. Chernyshev Central Research Museum of Geological Studies

The Large Meteor T-R-A-P investigates the possibilities of calculating and steering a meteor safely down to Earth.

On October 7th 2008 the first meteor ever to be predicted impacted in Sudan exactly on time. Many scientists are working on Near-Earth Object (NEO) studies, such as the “NEO Survey and Deflection Study“, or the “Neoshield“. They will try to find technologies and strategies to protect the Earth from asteroids and large meteor impacts. Slow push technologies and concepts such as the “Gravity Tractor“, “Mass Driver“ or “Space Tug“ will be explored as well as impulsive deflective technologies with nuclear explosive contact.

The Large Meteor T-R-A-P investigates the possibilities of calculating and steering a meteor safely down to Earth. It is a new approach in the attempted control of meteors and their possible landing on our home planet. The technology was installed outside the city of Marrakesh, Morocco. An array of spiral antennae, extending deep below the earth’s surface, creates a magnetic hole in the earth’s atmosphere. Passing meteors attracted to the antennae are being caught, slowed down and hopefully descend into the magnetic hole. The work was commissioned by the Marrakesh Biennale 2014.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany)

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Agnes Meyer-Brandis lives and works in Cologne and Berlin. After one year of studying mineralogy at the RWTH Aachen University, she studies sculpture at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands, studied with Czech photographer and conceptual artist Magdalena Jetelová at the Kunstakdemie Düsseldorf, Germany and then earned a master’s degree in audio visual media from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.

Meyer-Brandis’ work circumscribes the intersection of art and science and has been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals. It explores the borders between fact and fiction, fantasy and technology. In 2007, Agnes Meyer-Brandis carried out an artistic experiment in the absence of gravity during a research flight organized by the German Aerospace Center. Her other artworks include her Iceberg Probe, which won first prize at Transmediale 2006,  a 2008 installation investigating from an artistic point of view the effects of a total solar eclipse on a Zoo in Novosibirsk and a project in association with the city of Yekaterinburg at the third Moscow Biennale in 2009.   In 2014 Meyer-Brandis took part at exhibition ‘The Invisible Force Behind.’ At IMAI-Inter Media Art Institute within Quadriennale Dusseldorf.

F.N. Chernyshev Central Research Museum of Geological Studies

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The Museum started in the late 19th century when Russian Emperor Alexander III issued a decree to establish Geological Committee (GEOLKOM), the first state geological agency in Russia. One of the objectives of the Committee was to “collect rocks and minerals and compile systematic collections”.

In 1930 the Museum was officially opened to the public. At present it is one of the world’s largest museums of natural history. The Museum’s holdings comprise about 1 million exhibits, and its exhibitions present a large range of topics. The Museum displays geologic aspects and deposits’ framework of Russia, CIS and Baltic countries. Visitors have a chance to see over 80 thousand samples of rocks, minerals and fossils all displayed in the Museum.

Meteorites exhibition offers all three classes of meteorites: stony meteorites, iron meteorites and stony-iron meteorites, as well as tektites – objects which were formed by the impacts of meteorites on Earth’s surface.

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