The Makrolab is a high-tech, art-science project designed by Slovenian artist Marko Peljhan. It is a temporary sustainable laboratory designed to support 4 - 6 artists and scientists working and living alongside each other in isolation for periods of up to 120 days.
The Makrolab models a new kind of activity, sitting astride the traditional disciplinary divides. Its presence in remote locations is intended to be high-impact in the realm of artistic and scientific information and education, yet low-profile in the physical environment. It arrives in a container and after set up is plugged into communications networks and satellite links. It produces its own power from a wind turbine and solar panels.
Makrolab is an evolutionary project - planned to take 10 years - which includes work of many people from many different disciplines and cultures in its development. Within the Makrolab, researchers study telecommunications, environment, migration and weather patterns. Peljhan sees these multiple-dynamic global systems as the source of understanding how our planet functions on social, technological and natural levels.
The project as it is envisioned now will end in 2007, when Makrolab mark IV is planned to be installed in the Antarctic, where it will serve as a permanent independent art-science station for research. Most of the work in the Makrolab is public and the results are published in electronic form and are freely available on the internet and other matrix resources.
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