Functioning as a manual, the book shows, step by step, the protocol created by Eduardo Kac (and followed by astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the International Space Station), in the realization of the space artwork Inner Telescope. Published on the occasion of the world's premiere of Inner Telescope, realized at the headquarters of the French Space Agency, Paris, in 2017.
Publisher: L’Observatoire de l’Espace, the cultural lab at the French Space Agency lab (Centre national d’études spatiales, CNES)
About Inner Telescope
In 2017, Eduardo Kac created an artwork aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The artwork was realized by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Kac's work, entitled Inner Telescope, was specifically conceived for zero gravity and was not brought from Earth: it was made in space by Pesquet following the artist's instructions. Inner Telescope was made from materials already available in the space station. It consists of a form that has neither top nor bottom, neither front nor back. Viewed from a certain angle, it reveals the French word “MOI“ [meaning “me”, or "myself"]; from another point of view one sees a human figure with its umbilical cord cut. This “MOI“ stands for the collective self, evoking humanity, and the umbilical cord cut represents our liberation from gravitational limits. Inner Telescope is an instrument of observation and poetic reflection, which leads us to rethink our relationship with the world and our position in the Universe.