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Inner Telescope

Inner Telescope


Found materials

ESA / Observatoire de l'Espace du Cnes

Eduardo Kac has created an artwork aboard the International Space Station (ISS); French astronaut Thomas Pesquet realized it on Saturday, February 18th, 2017.

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.

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.

Since the 1980s, Eduardo Kac has been theorizing and producing art and poetry that challenge the limits of gravity. His Space Poetry manifesto was published in 2007. Now, in 2017, Kac finally realizes the dream he has pursued for more than 30 years: the creation, production and experience of a work directly in outer space.

Inner Telescope was produced by the Observatoire de l'Espace (Space Observatory), the cultural lab of the French Space Agency (CNES), with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Inner Telescope




Eduardo Kac


USA, Brazil

This work is part of the following collection:


Found materials



Sculpture, Ephemera, Performance


IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Soyuz 49S

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station



Launch location:


Launch date:

17 Nov 2016

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

End date:



Client / Agency:

ESA / Observatoire de l'Espace du Cnes


Eduardo Kac


USA, Brazil

Eduardo Kac


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