“The Zero-Gravity Band” is a disruptive project, by Albert Barqué-Duran and Marc Marzenit, at the intersection of art and research, aiming to find new formats that generate scientific knowledge, reflecting on contemporary and futuristic issues, as well as their cultural implications.
“The Zero-Gravity Band” will produce a non-gravitational terrestrial work of art, while experiencing conditions similar to those of being outside planet Earth, in zero-gravity environments during a parabolic flight.
THE PERFORMANCE (PARABOLIC FLIGHT + IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION)
The concepts of music and art interpreted and generated in contexts of different 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 in which music and art are created changes completely. This paradigm shift, causes a series of chain effects that had never been raised until now.
The Parabolic Flight
The show, recorded cinematographically during the parabolic flight, is played by 5 scientific instruments, transformed metaphorically into orchestral instruments forming a band, together with the artists. These 5 instruments are responsible for measuring, in real time, body variables (heart rate + sweating) and physical variables (force G + altitude + gyroscope) during the flight. These are the ones that provide the data that the artists assemble and transform into a musical and visual format to create their work.
The Immersive Installation
Within the framework of a well known music festival (2018), a dome will be installed with the aim of transferring the artistic experience under zero gravity of the artists to the entire audience. An immersive experience will be designed where attendees can enjoy, through a 360∘ visual and auditory projection, the work of art and musical composition created under zero gravity.
Albert Barqué-Duran, researcher and artist, will create 3 artistic pieces under zero gravity conditions: “Interstellar Cave Painting”, “Floating Solar System”, “Intergravid Surrealism”.
Marc Marzenit, musical producer, will propose a complete structural redesign of the music, divided into 4 parts: “The Luthier”, “The Interpreter”, “The Composer” and “The Concert”.
The objective of these works will be to provoke the stupefaction of the public regarding the radical change of behavior and properties of elements and classical materials that we use on planet Earth for the production of artistic works. The set of works will play with the potential offered by zero gravity.
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.