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Ground Control

Ground Control


Lecture performance, Digital broadcast

Center for Digital Art in Holon, Rakia mission

Are we able to tour a place we will never visit? What if we were able to imagine a 408-km-long selfie stick? Ground Control is a remotely guided tour. Very remotely. It is based on a protocol of daily collaboration between Eytan and Ofri, the astronaut and the artist. Each day, Ofri will be sending Eytan three sentences. For each sentence Eytan will be sending back a photograph.

The sentences, poetic in essence, will not address the familiar monumental images from the Space Station, nor will they be seeking a specific bit of information. The brief texts will be focusing on the non-monumental moments: minutia, routine, sentiments and unfamiliar sensations, transitions between spaces and transitory states. The three pictures that will be sent from Eytan will become the points of departure for a daily chapter in a lecture performance, which Ofri will be creating during the day. This will be broadcast live from the Rakia channels, to the general audience. Ground Control has, at its core, the possibility to be introduced to and understand a place through dialog.

The “Read and respond” method, the exchange of word and image, is the tool used to create a “serial tour” through an alternative space and time. The daily lecture performance will be a tour in the otherworldly. It will artistically and critically discuss terms such as journeys, tourism, navigation, horizon, front, arrival at a destination, route calculations, close-quarters communication in a long-range geography, and the fine details within the greater space.

This is not an astronaut’s photo-journey; rather, it is a remote-guided tour - a shared navigation or sorts, through ideas, images, thoughts and distances in which Ofri uses Eytan and becomes an eye witness that cannot see things for herself. Eytan becomes her eyes, our eyes, and in certain senses, he becomes the “eyes of Israel”.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Ground Control




Ofri Cnaani



This work is part of the following collection:

Rakia Art Project

Lecture performance, Digital broadcast






IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Axiom Mission 1

Host spacecraft / hardware:

Crew Dragon Endeavour



Launch location:

Kennedy Space Center

Launch date:

8 Apr 2022

Orbit / space location:

International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

End date:



Client / Agency:

Center for Digital Art in Holon, Rakia mission


Ofri Cnaani

Media artist


Ofri Cnaani


Rakia Art Project


Rakia Art Project


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