Who’s looking at whom?

Date: 22.9—4.11.18
Institution: Istanbul Design Biennial
Location: Istanbul, TR

Curator: Jan Boelen
Associate Curator: Vera Sacchetti
Assistant Curator: Nadine Botha
Concept, Design and Development: AATB

Who’s looking at whom?

For the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, AATB is presenting EYESS, an installation that challenges definitions of time and space by inviting visitors to observe the International Space Station, ISS.

Every day, the ISS orbits the Earth in 92minutes, 16 times per day, at an altitude of about 400km. It is constantly inhabited by a crew of 3–6 astro/cosmonauts. When passing overhead at night, for a few minutes it becomes the brightest object visible in the sky. 

EYESS is: A night time video installation atop of a building: two gigantic eyes gazing at Istanbul’s night sky, inviting citizens to look up. A clock following the ISS motion along the day. An online web experience, EYESS.SPACE, where visitors can collectively observe the whereabouts of the ISS. Who’s looking at whom? The project proposes to rethink our notions of observer, distances, speed and proximity in light of this.