|frequently asked questions|
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|What is Makrolab?
Makrolab is an autonomous communications, research and
living unit and space, capable of sustaining concentrated work of 4 people
in isolation/insulation conditions for up to 120 days. The project
started in 1994 and was first realised during an art exhbition, documenta
X in Kassel in 1997.
Who is behid the project?
The project was started by Marko Peljhan, but has evolved
and includes work of many people from many different disciplines. The current
setup of the project, the mark II, was designed by the architects Matevz
Francic and Aljaz Lavric, the metal work is the work of Joze Miklic. The
construction itself was designed already in 1997 and you can find more
information on it on the 1997
How long will Makrolab last?
Makrolab has a projected life span of 10 years. The project
as it envisioned now, will end in 2007, when a new architecture will be
placed in the Antarctic as a permanent base. From then on, a new
project, managed by a new Makrolab and Projekt Atol
trust will start.
What do people in the Makrolab do?
Makrolab is equipped to accommodate artists, scientists,
tactical media workers and creators and provides them with tools and means
for their joint independent progressive work. People in the Makrolab
do research primarily in the fields of telecommunicatons, weather systems
and migrations on a very wide basis.
Why telecommunications, weather systems and migrations?
We at Makrolab see these three multiple-dynamic global
systems as the source of understanding how our planet functions on social,
technological and natural levels and see the knowledge inherent in them
as the primary source of new cognitive and evolutionary strategies.
Why is Makrolab art?
Art is the field of human activity, where the notion of freedom in its widest sense still has a primary position. Makrolab is a machine to retain this position in the domain of art also in the future.
Why is Makrolab science?
Science is the field of human activity, where concentrated
cognition, coupled with the dialectic of the clear goal and target and
the exploration into the unknown is most present. If the methods and systems
of art give us freedom, methods and systems of science give us the ability
for progression and reflection.
Is Makrolab a profit venture?
No, Makrolab is a social not for profit experiment and
is managed by the slovenian not for profit artist organisation -
Who supports Makrolab?
Makrolab is supported by national governments, international
organisations, private companies and private individuals which do not necessarily
share the views and goals of the project.
What do a people see when they enter the Makrolab?
Makrolab is equipped with systems to provide the most
comfortable conditions of work in a confined environment, and has
five main sections: working suite, galley, storage systems, crew
rest area and hygiene systems. You can find more about specific systems
on the website.
Is Makrolab totally autonomous in all senses?
No, Makrolab produces its own energy from the sun and
the wind, and will in future phases recycle most of its waste, but
it is still dependent on the initial supply of food and fresh water.
What is the power of the current Makrolab energy generation systems?
The current output power is 3kW, but a 10kW array is planned
for the future Makrolab mark III and mark
Where else will Makrolab be installed until 2007?
The planned positions for the future installations are
in Slovenia, Scotland, Israel, South Africa, the Nunavut territory in Canada,
Japan, Russia and Antarctica.
Can I join the Makrolab crew in one of the future installations?
Makrolab is an equal opportunity program open to everybody
and you can start communicating with the curent Makrolab crew about your
ambitions, proposals for colaboration and ideas through this e-mail:
Will the results of the work in the Makrolab be public?
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.
What will happen in 2007?
IV will be installed in the Antarctic and will serve as a permanent
independent art-science station for research in the primary Makrolab fields