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The Makrolab project was born in 1994 during the wars that were raging in the former Yugoslavia. Its initial purpose was to function as an autonomous and mobile performance/tactical media environment as it was explained during one of the first conceptual presentations of the project at ISEA 1994.

Ten years later, the project has grown into a complex set of technological, political and environmental subdivisions and phases with the final aim of establishing a permanent art/science/tactical media laboratory and station on the only transnational territory of the planet, the Antarctic. The Makrolab-UNTP (unmanned network tactical phase) setup, together with the TRUST-SYSTEM 77, S-77CCR platform is a specific net and geo centric focused phase of the project with the emphasis on open source protocol definitions and rapid deployment operations with ad-hoc networking capability for remote sensing and data distribution. The main MAKROLAB project is now in two different technological stages, one consisting of extreme temperature and climate conditions research development and the other consisting of a social and renewable energy modular setup for temperate climates. Subprojects include unmanned aerial, sea and ground vehicle development for sensor deployment, sensor and network centric paradigm research. The ISEA 2004 Makrolab-UNTP consists of communications and inofrmation node in the Kiasma museum, presenting the specifics of the project's past and future plans, with the emphasis on the unmanned aerial vehicle operations (TRUST-SYSTEM 77, S-77CCR) and tactical communications and of setting up a base of operations on the Tammakari Island in the Helsinki archipelago using the new Makrolab-RDU (rapid deployment unit), an instant architecture rapid deployment building, developed for tactical media setups, that need high turnaround times, rapid deployment and quick disengagement. A new radar unit for sea/air monitoring and locating is used and locative media research pertaining to satellite navigation and radar integration (GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO) is planned using the RDU in the days from August 19 - August 30. Data streams and work reports are sent directly to teh communications and information node in the museum and online. A policy document pertaining to sat-nav and locative media usage will be published upon the completion of the project, part of the tactical media workshop TCM - PROGRESS - SOURCING THE INPUTS/MAPPING THE OUTPUTS which will be the main operation framework for the lab in these days.

CALL FOR OPERATIONS AND PROJECTS PROPOSALS FOR THE MAKROLAB TERRITORY 2003/2004 PERIOD

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 periods.

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 distribution systems.

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 list items:

- 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 operations)
- 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 advised.

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 the lab.

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:
makrolab@mail.ljudmila.org
Proposals will be accepted for residencies and operations until the end of May, 2004


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