Fair Isle Harbour, 26 May 2017, Carbon Black Level (PM2.5): 12,25 μg/m³, Carbon Ink Print, 100x150cm

Despite the absence of industries, the inhabitants of the isle of Fair suffer from suffocation. As Anaïs Tondeur reached the island she sent her geographic coordinates to climate modellers Rita van Dingenen and Jean-Philippe Putaud (JRC, European Commission) who retraced the itinerary of the particulate matters meeting her by means of atmospheric backward trajectory models and the analyses of anthropogenic emission of air pollutants, they could define the site of emission of the particles. This abstract trajectory line lead the artist to an expedition of 837 miles by foot, ferry, fishing boat and car unravelling the journey of the anthropic meteors.

She crystallised each day in a photograph of the sky as well as filtering black carbon particles she encountered through breathing masks. The particles were later extracted by scientist J.P Putaud and turned into ink. In point of fact, black carbon is a collateral form of soot, used for centuries as the primary component of Indian ink. The photographs are thus printed with some ink composed from the particles captured in the sky where they were shot.

Trajectory of a black carbon particle on May 17th 2017 and the expedition which followed on its trail. The particle‘s journey was retraced through NOAA Hysplit Model Backward Trajectory

ANTI BLACK CARBON MASKS USED EACH DAY OF THE EXPEDITION

BLACK CARBON PARTICLES EXTRACTED FROM EACH MASKS OF THE EXPEDITION

PRINT TESTS INTENSITY OF BLACKS ACCORDING TO THE LEVEL OF BLACK CARBON

About the artist

In an approach rooted in ecological thought, Anaïs Tondeur develops an interdisciplinary practice through which she seeks for a new form of political art. Working with photographs, videos, plant gathering, distillations or installations making, she creates speculative narratives and engages on investigations through which she experiments other modes of relation to the earth, the air, the ocean or the plants.

Trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and at the Royal College of Art in London, she is recipient of Ars Electronica Honorary Mention (2019). She has presented and exhibited her work in international institutions such as the Center Pompidou (Paris), Serpentines Galleries (London), Bozar (Brussels), the Biennale Di Venezia, French Pavilion, (Infinite Places), SAIC Galleries (Chicago), Science Gallery (Bangalore), Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul).

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