The aim of the residency programme is to provide artists, strategic and
tactical information analysts, scientists and social scientists - with space and facilities to
undertake their own research in the global systems of:
TELECOMMUNICATIONS, WEATHER AND CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE and MIGRATIONS
and give them the opportunity to fully concentrate on their work and
interact in a creative and challenging dialogue with other members of the
The Arts Catalyst and Projekt Atol, offer research residencies at the
MAKROLAB in May, June, and July 2002 on the Atholl
Estate in Perthshire, Scotland. This opportunity takes place during the
International Year of Mountains, declared by the UN General Assembly.
There is a separate
information sheet online for scientists:
They are also interested to receive proposals from artists for residencies to
develop activities and projects with the local community and schools
exploring these themes. This work could be the sole aspect of your
application or alongside your research.
The MAKROLAB is a temporary sustainable research base, with living space for
4 - 6 people. It will be connected to the internet through a microwave link
and equipped for transmitting signals on HF, VHF, UHF ranges and receiving
signals in the ranges of 0.1 - 2000 MHz and the C and Ku bands.
The Atholl Estate is one of the largest estates in Scotland, situated on the
edge of the Cairngorm mountains. The MAKROLAB will be situated in the
Clunes Beat of the Atholl Estate. This is an area of rolling heather
moorland with steep slopes nearby rising to the high tops of the southern
side of the Cairngorm massif.
They are looking for participants who will welcome the opportunity not only to
undertake their own research in this environment, but who are also
interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of this project.
Details of Opportunity
Length of stay on MAKROLAB: between 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the
requirements of the research to be undertaken.
Stipend: £100 per week. Food and accommodation provided on the MAKROLAB.
Travel will be provided from within the UK. Overseas applicants will have
to pay for their own travel to the UK.
The duties of participants are to fully take part in the MAKROLAB daily task
activities, which include:
- one daily video conference with the interested audience and observers;
- systems management, repair and overhaul;
- writing a diary of their daily work, schedule and publishing their results
on the MAKROLAB web-site.
All personally produced material remains in the ownership of the
participants, but they must agree to share all the material with the
MAKROLAB project partners and crew.
The participants must be aware that they will work and live in a very small,
concentrated and challenging environment.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own networkable computers,
preferably notebooks, and any other equipment required for their research
that is not provided as standard on the MAKROLAB.
Participants are selected on a competitive basis.
The MAKROLAB is a high-tech, art-science project designed by Slovenian
artist Marko Peljhan and managed by the Projekt Atol Institute. 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 project is organised by UK science-art agency, the Arts Catalyst, with
Projekt Atol, Slovenia, in partnership with the Atholl Estate, the Centre
for Mountain Studies at Perth College (an Academic Partner of the UHI
Millennium Institute) and the Tramway in Glasgow.
The MAKROLAB models a new kind of activity, sitting astride the traditional
disciplinary divides. Its presence at Atholl Estate 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 wind and solar panels.
MAKROLAB will be sited in the Tramway, Glasgow for two weeks in April 2002
prior to moving to the Atholl Estate.
How to Apply
Please send your proposal by
31 January 2002.
Proposals are to be sent to both addresses:
Makrolab Research Residencies
The Arts Catalyst
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6LS
Makrolab Research Residencies
Zavod PROJEKT ATOL
Ane Ziherlove 2
Applications must include:
1. Name and contact
2. Description of research interests for working in the MAKROLAB and/or
interest in developing activities and projects with local communities and
schools (max. 3 pages)
3. Statement of interest in participating in the MAKROLAB as an
interdisciplinary project (max. 2 pages)
4. Brief biography with education, employment and experience background, and
an artistic portfolio or documentation
5. Length of required residencies and preference for dates, if any
If necessary, interviews will be held in February 2002.
For more information, please contact:
Rob La Frenais,
The Arts Catalyst
+44 (0) 20 7375 3690