Moby Dick’s Eye

In the program segment “Moby Dick’s Eye”, created by artist Hermann Josef Hack (, contact between the audience and research institutions in inaccessible places was established via videophone. The audience was able to talk to scientists at the Institute of Marine Research, on the North Sea research platform off Helgoland and on the research ships Poseidon and Gauss, among others. The questions of the callers concerned the research objectives and the everyday life of the scientists, who were trying to make their work transparent. Again and again, the topic of environmental pollution and even climate change is on the agenda.
In the direct confrontation between laypersons and scientists, however, questions that do not concern scientific questions, arise as well – for instance, when a female caller asks about the number of woman researchers on board. Hermann Josef Hack, who had already brought together scientists and amateurs in his “Global Brainstorming Project”, has continued to create telecommunications and satellite projects and was one of the first artists in Germany to work with the Internet. Many of his projects on social grievances and social problems reached a large audience through actions in public space and the mass media.