for anyone thats interested:
MAKROLAB LAB OPERATIONS ON ISLAND OF CAMPALTO WILL CONTINUE UNTIL END OF
MAY 2004, PAST THE CLOSING DATE OF THE VENICE BIENNALE
CALL FOR OPERATIONS AND PROJECTS PROPOSALS FOR THE MAKROLAB TERRITORY
Makrolab, Isola di Campalto, Laguna di Venezia 11.9.03 23.00Z
The MAKROLAB markIIex structure was installed on the island of Campalto
(Isola di Campalto) in the Venice Lagoon on June 13, 2003 as part as
part of the Biennale di Venezia art exhibition, Individual systems
section and the PHARE CBC Interreg IIIA program, organised by Patagonia
Art, rx:tx and Projekt Atol.
On September 15, the lab operations will stop for a month for
winterisation preparations and winter overhaul and the resident Projekt
Atol and rx:tx crew will prepare the lab for the new climatic
conditions. Operations will resume on October 15 or earlier, depending
on the overhaul speed. The network operations will continue without
stopping on November 2, as previously planned, when the Venice Biennale
finishes. The lab operations will continue!
From September 12 on, PROJEKT ATOL is starting to
accept proposals from
the tactical media community individual workers and teams,
free and open
source software community workers, radio scientists, biologists,
ornithologists, ichtiologists, engineers, ecologists and artists for
operations and projects proposals for the Winter 2003 and Spring 2004
The lab is equipped with a 450D/150U satellite tcp/ip link, a primary
ADSL based radio link, two multi OS workstations, a server, a printer
and a scanner, data logger, sensor suite, satellite Ku band receiving
capability, HF and VHF radios and from December 15 on a radar and a
10foot parabolic motorised dish.
The crews are expected to manage the laboratory while in residency in
all its technological and social aspects, to manage the project webspace
and to document their work and day to day operations. Knowledge of
boating, meteorology, electrical systems and networks is advisable, but
not a condition.
The MAKROLAB primary research areas are in the following fields:
Telecommunications mapping and reflection, cryptography, network mapping
and topologies, free and open source software coding and distribution
systems, remote sensing data acquisition and processing, bird migration
patterns and navigation, captial migration mapping and reflection, human
economic migrations mapping and reflection, ecological and social impact
of migratory patterns, migration interrelation algorithms, local ecology
awareness information systems, closed energy and waste cycle
development, robotic sensor deployment, biospheric environment research,
non linear and non hierarchic data display, use and dissemination,
autonomous social systems, closed ecologies research, network centric
identity research, energy production, storage, containment and
Any research dealing with cold weather and arctic/antarctic conditioning
is welcome, as well as any research and work dealing with the local,
Venice lagoon ecology in all its aspects.
The operations and project proposals should include the following check
- title of the proposal
- author, authors and email contact
- category or field of the proposal (if applicable)
- proposal or proposals abstracts with a proposed time line (maximum 2
pages, we strongly suggest residencies of at least 15 days). Proposals
for shorter periods will be given equal scrutiny, but the experience of
the lab operations is that the longer the residency, the more effective
it can be. Makrolab is physically and socially a challenging
environment, and an adaptation period is almost always a neccesity.
- crew member list with email contact and short CV (a maximum of 5 and a
minimum of 2 crew members will be allowed during the winter and spring
- possible special dietary, medical and similar needs of the crew
members should be noted already in the proposals
All work done in the lab must be or become OPEN SOURCE and must be
publicly available. No private projects with distribution and
presentation limitation can be accepted, due to the nature of the
project. Projects in the tactical and strategic categories are an
exception to this rule and will be assesed on an individual basis.
The crews travel expenses will be covered to a maximum of EUR 200 per
crew member and will be assesed individually, the supply stocking will
be done in conjunction with the crews, but budgeted by the lab operations.
Any special material and equipment needs cannot be at this time
supported by Makrolab, but attention will be given to proposals that
include equipment that could be integrated into lab�s future operations.
Each crew member must show proof of valid health insurance for Italy and
is responsible for her/his travel arrangements to and from Venice,
Italy. A free, unguarded parking facility is available for those
traveling by car.
The maximum allowed volume of the personal items should fit in the crew
70X70X50 cm rack storage, a networkable laptop computer is very much
Note: there are no clothes cleaning facilities in the lab, although
arrangements can be made for emergency situations. Winter and waterproof
clothing is prescribed for the Winter and Spring operations, since the
use of the boat in the winter will be a wet affair. A clothing plan
should be part of each crew member planning for the work and the stay in
Makrolab is an equal opportunity program, open to everybody. Operations
and project proposals will be assesed on the basis corelations with the
projects main objectives and research, tactical and strategic interests.
The MAKROLAB project is an ongoing mobile laboratory setup built for the
open and integral research and common work of artists, scientists and
tactical media workers in the fields of telecommunications, migrations
research, weather and climate.
It was first set up in 1997, during the documenta X exhibition in
Kassel, Germany, and was consequently operating in Western Australia
(Rottnest Island), Slovenia (Veliki Kras) and in the Scotish Highlands
(Atholl Estates). The final aim of the project is the establishment of
an independent art and science based research station on the Antarctic
continent in 2007.
The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Slovenia, the PHARE Interreg CBC IIIA program Italia/Slovenia, Mobitel
d.d., Mestna Obcina Ljubljana, Mestna Obcina Nova Gorica, Comune di
Venezia and coordinated by Patagonia Art and the rx:tx institute.
Send your proposals, PDF or ASCII txt with images to:
Proposals will be accepted for residencies and operations until the end
of May, 2004
END OF CALL
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