Satellite dishes are like religious altars. They orientate towards a sacred site, like Catholic ancient churches face Jerusalem or Muslim Mosques look at Mecca. Satellite dishes adorate a far away culture from nostalgia, between a sense of belonging and a feeling of progressive distancing.
In Berlin 1970s Pallasseum building, this worship was turned inwards. By customising dwellers’ satellite dishes, Daniel Knipping achieved a hard negotiation process to make receivers play the role of transmitters (Von Innen Nach Außen, 2008-2010). He persuaded neighbours in this building to choose a very personal image to represent them in public display. Apart from turning the white dot façade into a colourful canvas, pedestrians can peep into personal lives and even guess family status, migration background or even a largely dreamt holiday resort of the owner living behind the satellite dish.
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