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Ground Control

Ofri Cnaani

Ground Control

2022

Lecture performance, Digital broadcast

n/a

status:

Unknown

A guided tour to the ISS of ideas, images and thoughts.

Center for Digital Art 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

artist

Ofri Cnaani

title

Ground Control

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Rakia Art Project

medium

Lecture performance, Digital broadcast

dimensions

n/a

genre

Performance

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

8 Apr 2022

launch  vehicle

Axiom Mission 1

Orbit

host 

Crew Dragon Endeavour

location

International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

Kennedy Space Center

Return

return date

return vehicle

status

Unknown

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-037A

partners

Center for Digital Art Holon
Rakia Mission

Artist

Ofri Cnaani

Media artist

Israel

Collection

Rakia Art Project

2022

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