The Zero-Gravity Band (2018-19)
The “Zero-Gravity Band” (ZGB) is a disruptive scientific and artistic project led by Albert Barqué-Duran, Phd (Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Science and Contemporary Artist at City, University of London), Marc Marzenit (Audio Engineer and Electronic Music Producer) and Elisa Ferrè, Phd (Director VeME Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London). The ZGB project is produced by Quo Artis, an Art and Science Foundation.
The ZGB perfectly combines art and research to explore the concept of art outside planet Earth. Specifically, it examines how both the production and perception of art changes when we are not restricted to the physical laws and framework that planet Earth’s gravity imposes to us. To overcome to terrestrial gravity, we are taking part on a series of parabolic flights with the aim to produce an artwork designed and motivated to be experienced and perceived in microgravity.
The aim of the ZGB project is to explore with a rigorous scientific approach how gravity affects aesthetic preferences and design an artistic performance based on the truly innovative and novel research on how gravity itself shapes our perceptual and aesthetic experiences. We anticipate that this will make ground-breaking progress in the understanding of microgravity effects on human cognition and might engender practical implications for the design of interiors of spaceships and space stations for long term space flight.
The ZGB is an international project and there are several academic and non-academic partners involved such as City, University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; EURECAT – Technology Centre of Catalonia; MIT Media Lab – The Opera of the Future Lab; Berlin School of Mind and Brain – Humboldt Univeristy zu Berlin; IED – European Institute of Design; Ara Lleida – Diputació de LLeida; Nautilus; GoPro; among others.
Albert Barqué-Duran, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Science and Artist at City, University of London. His artwork and performances are inspired by his research and combine classical techniques from fine arts such as oil painting, data, digital arts and experimental electronic music. 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.
Elisa Ferrè, PhD
Director of the VeME Lab (Vestibular Multisensory Embodiment) and professor at the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. She obtained her PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience in 2012, for investigations of multisensory integration between vestibular, somatosensory and visual function in humans. Her research has been supported by national and international agencies, including support by the European Space Agency (ESA).