Eduardo Kac created a piece of art aboard the International Space Station, realized by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet following the artist’s instructions. Inner Telescope, was designed specifically for non-gravity environments and not for the Earth. The work was made with materials 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”], standing for the collective self, evoking humanity; from another point of view one sees a human figure with its umbilical cord cut, representing our liberation from gravitational limits. Inner Telescope is an instrument of observation and poet- ic reflection, which leads us to rethink our relationship to the world and our position in the Universe.
Born in 1962, in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Kac lives and works in USA. Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web ‘80s, Eduardo Kac (pronounced “Katz”) emerged in the early ‘90s with his radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world. His work deals with issues that range from the mythopoetics of online experience (Uirapuru) to the cultural impact of biotechnology (Genesis); from the changing condition of memory in the digital age (Time Capsule) to distributed collective agency (Teleporting an Unknown State); from the problematic notion of the “exotic” (Rara Avis) to the creation of life and evolution (GFP Bunny).