The MIR partnership invites proposals from European and Europe-based artists
and scientists to undertake projects/research in variable gravity conditions
on a parabolic flights or using other facilities, such as the centrifuge and
the hydrolaboratory/neutral buoyancy facility used for EVA training, at the
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Star City, Russia. Deadline for proposals is October 21, 2002.
A parabolic flight provides up to 20 cycles of 30-second periods of
weightlessness (zero gravity/microgravity) in freefall, interspersed with
periods of double gravity (2g acceleration) and normal gravity.
This is the pilot project of the MIR (microgravity interdisciplinary
research) initiative, which seeks to open up space and space industry
related facilities by matching artistic processes and scientific research to
give a new impulse to space art and space research.
The MIR partnership comprises 5 European art organisations focusing on art,
science and technology:
The Arts Catalyst, science-art agency, London, UK
Leonardo/Olats, Leonardo journal of art, science & technology and Leonardo
observatory for the arts and the techno-sciences, Paris, France
Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
Projekt Atol, arts-technology organisation, Ljubljana, Slovenia
V2_Organisation, institute for the unstable media, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The selection committee will be made up of representatives from these
The opportunity includes a cultural exchange and working trip to Moscow and
Star City in early 2003, including the potential to participate in one or
two parabolic ‘zero gravity’ flights with the GCTC.
The opportunity is open to artists and scientists in any discipline, where
the lead proposer is based in any European country, whether or not EU
members. We will select up to 6 artists’ projects and up to 3 scientific
experiments for participation.
For information and proposal form, go to:
Please email your intent to make a proposal as soon as possible to :
The MIR initiative is supported by the European Union’s Culture 2000 fund.