PSO J318.5-22 does not have a host star

Other Projects

"PSO J318.5-22 does not have a host star"* equates the lack of relation between the star and the planet with neon lights and the relational features of the sentence. The darkened "does not have a host" is not read at the first glance and the spectator initially only sees the name of the planet and the term 'star'. The lack of a connector between the two terms is perceived as the void between the star and the planet. Such similarities are also present in the spatial relations in space. The work depicts this lack through neon lighting and the grammatical structure of the sentence.

First discovered in 2013, the planet dubbed PSO J318.5-22 is a free floating object that does not, insofar as it has been observed, revolve around the orbit of star. It is conjectured that such planets are shot out of their planetary systems via gravitational perturbations or formed via hitherto undiscovered forms.


Kerem Ozan Bayraktar's work entitled "PSO J318.5-22 does not have a host star" can be analyzed in terms of the compatibility of the logic of linguistic signifiers and the logic of phenomena. This work describes the motion of a celestial body circulating in space. As far as it is observed by science, this planet has neither a celestial body rotating around itself nor a celestial body around which it rotates.

The linguistic expression consisting of neon tubes actually describes a negative existential phenomenon. Namely, the seen linguistic expression describes that the star named 'PSO J318.5-22' has no specific orbit. Bayraktar projects the situation of PSO J318.5-22, which neither has any orbit as it appears to us, nor a future position that can be determined, to the seen form of the clause. The absence of PSO J318.5-22’s definite orbit corresponds to the absence of electric current and gas within a part of neon tubes in the work. But as we observe the existence of the planet PSO J318.5-22, we also have the most general knowledge of the concept of "star". Yet, these phenomena, which can be observed within the boundaries of our knowledge, and the concept of "star" that we comprehend through these phenomena are mapped this time with the existence of the gas in the neon tubes and the electric current that makes them beam. The seen linguistic expression depicts a negative existential situation concerning the position of a particular object but at the same time the clause exposes in itself the unity of the parts that constitute itself.

Yağız Özgen, 06.2017

“PSO J318.5-22 does not have a host star”, 2015, neon tubing, acrylics, cables.

“PSO J318.5-22 does not have a host star”, 2015, neon tubing, acrylics, cables.