It was not brought from Earth. It was constructed in space, following the artist’s instructions, by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The artwork was made from materials already available in the space station. It was designed as a form that has neither top nor bottom, neither front nor back. Viewed from a certain angle, it reveals the French word MOI, conveying a sense of me, or myself. From another perspective 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.
Since the 1980s, Kac has been theorizing and producing art and poetry that challenges the limits of gravity. In 2007, he published his Space Poetry Manifesto. Now, in 2017, Kac has finally realized the dream he has pursued for more than 30 years: the creation, production and experience of a work in outer space.
Read Eduardo Kac's Space Poetry Manifesto here