Some of the potentially uninhabitable planets (2018)

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“(…)The artist analyzes one by one the environments claimed to be habitable in the list of “potentially habitable exoplanets” in terms of different scenarios. Stating that the illustrations obtained through the optimistic interpretations of scientific data, which are usually insufficient to talk about the habitability of a planet, are not at all indispensable and, on the contrary, are quite arbitrary, Bayraktar produces new visualizations of available planets by interpreting the relevant data with a neutral attitude. Contrary to popular science myths, the planet illustrations of the artist depict these planets by focusing on their features unfit for life. According to Bayraktar, both the probabilistic structure of knowledge and the ideological framework in which we evaluate natural events lead to speculations about the knowledge produced by science and enables us in this way to rediscuss our existing definitions concerning life in a positive way. (…)”
– “Chance and Necessity” exhibition text, 2018, Sanatorium, Istanbul

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2018
Computer generated images
Archival Pigment Print on Wood Block
30 x 40 x 5 cm (each)

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