We are in the midst of the spatial technological revolution with the ultimate goal of sending humans to live outside of planet Earth. It’s time to investigate and experiment its potential cultural implications. How will art and its perception change when we will no longer be restricted to the physical laws that planet Earth imposes on us?
The concepts of music and art interpreted and generated in contexts of micro gravity, present a new paradigm in the history of humanity. Humans by nature are intrinsically associated with gravity; If we eliminate gravity during the creative process, we realize that the way to create music and art changes completely. This paradigm shift causes a series of chain effects that had never been raised until now.
The artistic and scientific project, The Zero-Gravity Band aims to: reflect and theorize on how artistic production and aesthetic perception are influenced by the gravitational forces of planet Earth; research and design materials for the realization of plastic and musical creations in situations of zero gravity and also a series of intelligent “space” suits, to be used in this kind of conditions; finally, produce an artistic-immersive creation with the results of the investigation.
The experimentation for the artistic-immersive creation and the design of prototypes took place during a parabolic flight. On this type of flight, the plane flies at an altitude of 6000 to 8000 meters and the pilots perform between 15 and 45 parabolas, during which the passengers are in microgravity for 22 seconds per parabola. Each phase of microgravity is preceded and followed by a hypergravity phase, of 20 seconds each, where passengers are subjected to a gravitational force about twice their weight (1.8 G).
This project has been conceptualized by Dr. Albert Barqué-Duran,contemporary artist and researcher at the City, University of London and Marc Marzenit ,composer and music producer, with the scientific participation of Dra. Elisa R. Ferrè, director of the VeME Lab (Vestibular Multisensory Embodiment at the Royal Holloway University of London). The recent research by Dr. Elisa R. Ferrè, on how humans perceive and experience aesthetics under conditions of microgravity, has an important role in how the project was developed.
This iniciative has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of researchers and artists from scientific, technological and artistic centers in Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
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The Zero-Gravity Band is a sound-light creation inside a immersive environment 360 °that aims to induce the audience zero-gravity sensations, similar to those that are outside the planet Earth. The experience takes place inside a dome 11 meters diameter – created by Portable Multimedia Solutions and Eurecat – and has unprecedented 3D sound characteristics.
This sound-light creation born from the Marc Marzenit musical composition, with a 3D sound system and has been inspired, mixed and enriched, from the creation that the musician made during a parabolic flight in a micro-gravity situation. The light creation, designed by Playmodes based on the protocols developed by Albert Barqué-Duran, explores a series of audiovisual impulses that interact with human perception and the cognitive system in order to create floating sensations. This, is integrated into the dome inside structure generating a geometric pattern that together with the sound creation envelops the viewer.
In addition to the installation, TZGB exhibits the prototypes designed to perform artistic and musical creations in situations of zero gravity and an intelligent “space suits”.
Albert is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Science at City, Univeristy of London and a Contemporary Artist. He leads disruptive projects at the intersection of art and research with the aim of finding novel formats of generating scientific knowledge to reflect about contemporary and futuristic issues and its cultural implications. He has exhibited and performed at Sónar+D (Barcelona, Spain), Creative Reactions (London, UK), Cambridge Neuroscience Society (Cambridge, UK), Max Planck (Berlin, Germany), SciArt Center (New York, USA).
Marc´s talent has a personal, almost unprecedented aspect that sets him apart from many other talented artists -taking electronic music beyond the dance floor with projects such as his “Suite on Clouds”, a 3D mapping show with 8 violinists, 1 harp, symphonic percussion, several synths and a grand piano. These projects draw on his classical background and show his integrated vision of electronic music: combining acoustic, analogue and digital instruments together in the same show.
Director of VeME Lab (Vestibular Multisensory Embodiment) and professor at the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. Previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University College London.