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Inner Telescope

Credit: Thomas Pesquet

Eduardo Kac (US)

Inner Telescope is centered on a visionary artwork conceived by Eduardo Kac and realized in space in collaboration with the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

The work was specifically conceived for zero gravity and was not brought from Earth: it was made in space by Pesquet following the artist’s instructions. The artwork 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.


Inner Telescope is made possible by the Observatoire de l’Espace, the art-science lab of the French Space Agency, with the generous support of the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Daniel et Nina Carasso Foundation.