Anaïs Tondeur is a visual artist. She works and lives in Paris. She graduated from a Master in Mixed-Media at Royal College of Art (London, 2010) after completing a Bachelor (Hons) Textiles at Central Saint Martin’s School (London, 2008). Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, South America and the United States.

"...Over the course of her practice, Anaïs Tondeur has collaborated with anthropologists, philosophers, oceanographers, and geophysicists. She has undertaken residencies at institutions such as CERN, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and the Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique. On the one hand, her work emerges from within a scientific tradition of research and experimentation. On the other, it stands just a little apart, able to critique that tradition from a distance. Like anthropologist Tim Ingold and philosopher Donna Haraway – both of whom Tondeur cites as influences – her work pushes productively at the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Tondeur’s palette is limited largely to black and white, grey or sepia. She records worlds touched by memory or imagination: knowledge as found in a dusty archive, or viewed through the cracked lens of history. In so doing, she often looks back to an age when the scientist was also an inventor, an artist, or an explorer. Mutation of the Visible (2011-16) is a series of painstakingly beautiful drawings that chart changing depictions of the moon following developments in observational technologies from the seventeenth century to the present day. In I.55 (2012), a book of texts and drawings, she traces the material history of graphite – from crystal to commodity, from tool to cause of death, and finally a specimen in a museum awaiting rediscovery. For photographic series Walking the Line (ongoing), Tondeur has walked tectonic fractures in Iceland and California to propose a more embodied understanding of geological time. Following Ingold, Tondeur espouses an idea of the researcher as wayfarer rather than pioneer. Such works resist scientific claims to purity or transcendentalism in favour of an understanding of knowledge that is rooted in the historical and the material.

As the exhibition’s title, Fabuler des Mondes, suggests, Tondeur increasingly sees the artist – like the scientist – not simply as an observer, or even an occupier, but as a creator of worlds: a founder of fictions or fables, a fabricator. From mechanism to organism; from Terra Mater to Galileo’s book of nature or Babbage’s “the air itself is one vast library”; from ecosystems to Gaia, animal rights, deep time, or the Anthropocene: each reshapes our knowledge of the world and, in turn, reshapes the world itself. “Fiction gives us the power to participate in the construction of other possible futures,” says Tondeur, “to build or project ourselves, to test and embody other models in response to ecological crisis.”

… As the water rises, Tondeur forces us to ask: where does responsibility lie now? And how should each of us respond?"

Tom Jeffreys, excerpts from Fabuler des Mondes, 2016

Hors-champ : esquisses de Lune, l'artiste Anaïs... by CNES


Curriculum vitae


Master in Mixed-Media, Royal College of Art (London, 2010)
Bachelor (Hons) Textiles, Central Saint Martin’s School (London, 2008)


Residency Leonardo/Olats -Maison MALINA, with support from Fondation Carasso
Artlink, Fort Dunree, Ireland

Chantiers Partagés, SGP, 104
Artlink, Fort Dunree, Ireland
Centre Tignous d'Art Contemporain, Montreuil

Musée des Arts et Métiers,, Paris


Visiting artist Arts@Cern, CERN, Switzerland

Observatoire de l'espace, CNES, Paris

Laboratoire de la Culture Durable, Domaine Départemental de Chamarande & COAL, France with Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, Marine Legrand, Germain Meulemans, Alan Vergnes, Nathalie Blanc, More

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Demain, le Climat, Paris More

Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique, FR

Cambridge's Summer School Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment, Cambridge, UK


Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique, FR
Les 26 couleurs, St Fargeau Ponthierry, FR


Cité internationale de la dentelle et de la mode, Calais, FR
Tufting studio of the Textiel Lab, Audax Textiel Museum,Tilburg, NL



Paris flotte-t-il?, Curator: Nathalie Guiliana, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

Un autre monde /// dans un autre monde, Curator: Jean-François Sanz, Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Festival Constellations, Metz

Noir de Metz, Curator: Vanessa Gandar, Gallery Octave Cowbell, Metz


KM4, Curator: José Manuel Goncalves, COAL, Grand Paris Express, Le Bourget

Histoire de glace, Performance, Curator: COAL, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

ConVersatoire, Curator: N. Lafforgue, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint Denis

Black Carbon, Resonances II exhibition, Podgorica, Montenegro

Black Carbon, Natsionalen Dvorets Na Kulturata, Sofia, Bulgarie

Festival Sidération, Curator: G. Azoulay, Observatoire de l’Espace, Paris

Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World, Curator: Stephen Goddard, Spencer art Museum, Kansas, USA

Petrichor, l'odeur des sols de Montreuil, Centre Tignous d'Art Contemporain, Montreuil, France

Kosmic Film Night, Curator: Nahum, Arts Catalyst, London

Noir de Carbone, Natsionalen Dvorets Na Kulturata, Sofia, Bulgarie


Nuit des Musées, Curator: Claire Cousin, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Fair Against Fear, Curator: Adriaan Eckels, Museo Nazionale della scienza Leonardo da Vinci

Resonnances II , Curator: Adriaan Eckels, European Commission, JRC, Ispra

The Unfinishing of things, Curator: Mark Higgin, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Hanter la Lisière, Festival la Science de l'Art, Essonne

Material Wittness, Curator: Curatorial Collective, Ogniwo, Krakowie, Poland

Creating a void, Curator: Alain Segers, Alterego gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Planetary Garden, Curators: Laura Mc Lean & Ashley Lumb, Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra, Australia, More

Chernobyl Herbarium, Curator: Lidia Montesinos, Fondation Cristina Enea, San Sebastian, Spain, More

MUES, Curator: Damien Mc Donald, Galerie 24b, Paris, More

Nuit Blanche, Lycée Charlemagne, Paris

Consulat, Curator: COAL, Paris, More

Fabuler des mondes, Solo show, Curator: Simon Psaltopoulos, Centre culturel Jean Cocteau, Les Lilas, More

Sols Fictions, Curator: COAL, Orangerie, Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, France, More

In the wake, Houston center of Photography, Houston, USA, More

Emergent ecologies art, Curator: Eben Kirksey et al., NYC Emergence, New York,

Perpetual liquidity, Curator: Hannah Conroy, The Historic Dockyard, Kent, UK

Chernobyl: Impact & Beyond, Curator: Stanislav Grezdo, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), Chicago, USA, More

Les Dryades with Crystal Bennes and Tom Jeffreys,
Bibliothèque de Biologie-Chimie-Physique Recherche, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, FR (solo show), More

Le cri de l'éophonewith navigator Victor Turpin, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, FR (solo show), More


ArtCOP21, Curator: COAL, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris, FR, More

Trauma, Science Gallery, Ireland, More

Seachange, Curator: Mary Cremin, Tulca Festival, Galway, Ireland, More

Flat Hemisphere, Curator: Karina Joseph, Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015, Bruton, UK (solo show), More

Inventer des rivières, Festival Curiositas, Gif-sur-Yvette, FR

Dessiner l'Invisble, Curator: Damien Mc Donald, Galerie 24b, Paris, FR, More

Dryades, Fête de la science, LOCEAN, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Memory of the ocean, La science de l'art, Verrières-le-Buisson, Fr, More

Flat Hemisphere, Royal Society, London, UK, More

Distant fictions, Curators: Alice Mallet, Sarah Michel, Jerwood gallery, UK

Systémique, Curators: Lauranne Germond & Loïc Fel, (COAL), Ceaac, Strasbourg, FR

Festival Sidération, Curator: Gerard Ayoulay, Centre National des Etudes Spatiales, (CNES), Paris, FR


Lost in Fathoms, Curator: Robert Devcic, GV Art, London, London, UK (solo show)

I.55 Book, Terrase de Gutenberg, Paris, (solo show)

I.55, Musée de la Mine, Briançon, France, (solo show)

Moving water, Curator: Sensory Site, October Gallery, London

Encyclopedia Galactica, Curator:Robert Devcic, GV Art, London, UK

Life on Mars, 3space, London, UK


I.55, Curator:Robert Devcic, GV Art, London, London, UK, (solo event)

Némo FestivaL, Les 26 Couleurs, St Fargeau, Seine et Marne, FR

Nature Reserves, Curator: Tom Jeffries, GV Art, London, UK

A case for Levania, Curator:Nahum Mantra, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, MX

Art & Science, Curator:Robert Devcic, GV Art, London, UK


Graphite, Curator: Robert Devcic, GV Art, London, UK

Of this event I canot forsee the end, Curator: Carmen Billows, Forman’s gallery, London, UK

The Outsiders, Terrasse de Gutemberg, Paris, FR, (solo event)

Trauma, Curator: Dr Jonathan Hutt & Bojana Popovic, GV Art, London, UK

Carte Blanche for the Journées du Patrimoine, Cité internationale de la dentelle, Calais, FR, (solo show)

Instance of passage, Space 54, Rivington st, London, UK, (solo show)

Just under the surface, Art in Touch, Crypt Gallery, London, UK

Den Proloog, Curator: Menno Derk Dornboos, Piet Hein Eek Galerie, Eindhoven, NL

Picturing science, Curator: Mark De Novellis, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond, UK

Frieze Art Fair, Work Screened by Resonance, London, UK

RCA SHOW, Royal College of Art, London, UK

At Dusk in the Rift, Hockney gallery, Kensington gore, London, UK, (solo show)

Mini exhibition, Curator: Jack Tan, London, Copenhagen, Detroit

Homage to Gertrude Jekyll, Curator: Arts Co, Brompton District, London, UK

After Viginia Woolf, Rabelais Gallery, Montreuil, FR

VIPLRG, Holland Park, London, UK

New designer’s, Business Design Centre, London, UK

Emerging talents, Lethaby Gallery Central Saint Martins, London, UK

Trade Fair IHM International, Munich, DE

Fabuous Kniting, Espace Saint Martin, Paris, FR




The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Serpentine galleries, London

Ensad Lab, Ecole des Arts décoratifs, Paris

Ca va laisser une trace, Discussion avec Claude Héron, Conseil général 93

Futur.e.s, Climate fiction, La Villette, Paris


La vie à l’œuvre, Nouvelles écologies, bioart, biodesign, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Moot point Being and change, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK

Encuentro con los autores, Discussion with Michael Marder
Fondation Cristina Enea, San Sebastian, Spain

EHESS: pratiques transdisciplinaires pour les sciences sociales
with Germain Meulemans et Marine Legrand
EHESS, Paris

Leonardo art science evening rendezvous- Laser Talks, Parisavec Marine Legrand, Marion Laval-Jeantet et Sylvie Lautru, Chaired by Annick Bureaud, More

Galerie du Jour, Agnès B.


Croiser arts et science pour répondre aux problématiques environnementales: solution ou illusion?, Débat avec le collectif Chaoïds, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Salle des colloques 01, More

New scientist live, 25.09.2016, ExCeL, London, More

Nos imaginaires du progrès, art et sciences, 27.08.2016, Université Buissonnière, Méreuil, Hautes Alpes, More

1986-2016 : les imaginaires de Tchernobyl
Round table with Thomas Johnson, Galia Ackerman, Damien Douglas Mcdonald, Loic Fel
Gaité Lyrique 06.05.2016

FACE A FACE with Lydia Ben Ytzhak
10.12.2015, Gaité Lyrique
More, Paris

Le pouvoir de la fiction: imaginer un avenir
Round table with Fabrizio Terranova, HeHe, David Lescot, Emilie Notéris
05.12.2015 Conférence des Parties Créatives
Gaité Lyrique

In the light of fiction
Galway, Ireland

Lost in Fathoms
Espace Tourlière, Verrieres-le-Buisson, France

Art et mécaniques des fluides

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse

Shadowgrams, Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Road Lecture Theatre, LondonMore

In the light of fiction
Université de Bordeaux, France

Lost in Fathoms, an art and science investigation
ENS Lyon
Centre Blaise Pascal

Lost in Fathoms, an art and science investigation

IUSTI, CNRS-Aix marseille University

San Diego University
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110, United States

Caltech University
Pasadena, United States

Los Angeles, United States

67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics
San Francisco, CA

Interdisciplinary Practice at the edge of the Anthropocene
Panel discusion with Joanna Zylinska, Jean-Marc Chomaz chaired by Marius Kwint
GV Art gallery London

LadHyX, Ecole Polytechnique, FR

Imperial College, 06.11.2014, London

London LASER, University of the Arts London and University of Westminster
in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology), London

Anthropocene, regards croisés,
Round table with Christophe Bonneuil, Joanna Zylinska, Paul Vanouse
Ecole Polytechnique, FR

A future for art and science interactions? GV Art, London, UK

Graphite and Beyond: The Art and Science of Carbon, GV Art, London, UK
Embodying the future of our galaxy, Secret Garden festival, Cambridshire, UK
Perception of time, Art and science talk, by Secret garden festival, Cambridshire, UK

New perspectives in moving image practice_Tactile Vision, Royal College of Art, UK



Conduire au dehors
Centre Pompidou, Afdas

L’odeur des sols de Montreuil, MICACO, Collège Marais de Villiers, Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain, Montreuil



Centre Pompidou (Paris)
Journeys 2016-2017« Culture and Art at School »

Collège Honoré de Balzac, Neuilly/Marne

Lycée Paul Robert, Les Lilas
Septembre-Novembre 2016

Fête de la Science with the collective Chaoïds
15.10.2016, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3


Le Voyage de l'Eophone
Impromptu (Children workshop)
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Inventer des rivières, Art and Science workshop (10months), as part of PSC (projet scientifique collectif), Ecole Polytechnique, France

Barkhanes, Art and Science workshop (10months), as part of PSC (projet scientifique collectif), Ecole Polytechnique, France

Gravity waves, Art and Science workshop (10months), as part of PSC (projet scientifique collectif), Ecole Polytechnique, France

Colour theory and practice workshop, Chelsea and Kensignton College of Art, London, UK

Multi-sensory based workshop, CLEA Project, Calais, DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, FR



Finalist Prix COAL (2017)
Ars Electronica, Art @ Science @ESO Honorary Mention (2015)
Finalist Contemporary talents, Fondation Francois Schneider (2014)
Finalist Contemporary talents, Fondation Francois Schneider (2013 and 2014)
Arcadi Bursary Award (2012)
Third prize LG Hausy Interior design (2010)
First prize John Lewis competition, (2009)
First prize RCA film competition (2009)
First prize WGSN (2008)


______________________________________________________________________________Les‘The Unfinishing of Things, KFI exhibition, Brazilian journal Climacom Scientific Culture: journal of research, journalism and art, published by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

Les plantes dans l’anthropocène avec Emanuele Coccia et Marc Jeanson, Miroir des sciences, Aligre FM 93.1, 11.05. 2017, Écouter

Vous reprendrez bien un peu de voie lactée, Stylist, N°187, 20.07.2017, Lire

Das Strahlen der Blumen, Katja Petrowskaja, Frankfurter Allgemeine, 01.07.2017, Lire

Panser le monde, Annick Bureaud, Artpress , 25.11.2016, Lire

Un autre jour est possible, France Culture, Entretien avec Tewfik Hakem, 25.04.2016, Écouter

Exposure: Chernobyl, Michael Marder The New York Times, 21.03.2016, Lire

Review, Tom Melick Frieze Magazine, 05.04.2016,

De la Terre à la Lune et retour, avec Anaïs Tondeur, Miroir des sciences, Aligre FM 93.1, 01.04.2016, Écouter

Anaïs Tondeur: The Woman Who Describes the Moon, Vision, 22.12.2015, Lire

Disappearing islands and a planet on the edge: visual art round-up, Aidan Dunne The Irish Times, 24.11.2015, Lire

Dessiner l’invisible », de Marcel Duchamp aux esprits frappeurs, Thierry Savatier, Le, 05.11.2015, Lire

Une entrée en matiere pour l'exposition Dessiner l'invisible, Patrcice Beray Mediapart, 02.11.2015

Review: Trauma at the Science Gallery, Mavea Grath, District Magazine, 02.12.2015, Lire

Parcours dans l'invisible, ArtNews, 27.10.2015, Lire

Images de l’invisible, Hélène Delye France Culture, 19.10.2015, Écouter

L'Anthropocène, un enjeu artistique, Loïc Mangin Pour la Science, 04.06. 2015

Eco-logiques, Novo N°34, p.64, Lire

Art:un week-end contemporain, Olivier Stéphan et David Meneu, France 3 TV 15.03.2015,

Ballade contemporaine, 15.03.2015

Eco-warriors, Emmanuel Dosda, Poly, 07.04.2015, Lire

CNES (National Center for Space Studies), Paris, France, 15.03.2015

Hors-champ : esquisses de Lune, l'artiste Anaïs... CNES

A visit to an island called Nuuk, Margaret Harris, Physics World, 21.11.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Tom Jeffreys The Learned Pig, 12.03.2015, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Ruth Garde Words. Pictures. Objects, 10.11.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Exploring the Anthropocene, Photomediations, 10.11.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Ben Hupton Trebuchet magazine, 07.11.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Ruth Garde Apollo magazine, 07.11.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms_Art, Science and the Anthropocene, Tom Jeffreys FAD Magazine, 04.11.2014

Lost in Fathoms GV Art Gallery_James Norton

Lost in Fathoms from GV Art on Vimeo, 08.11.2014

Lost in Fathoms_Art, Science and the Anthropocene, Johanna Kieniewicz, At the Interface, 01.11.2014, Lire

Facing the Anthropocene: wonder in an age of collapse, Simon Ings, New Scientist, 31.10.2014, Lire

Lost in Fathoms, Paul Schütze, 31.10.2014

The ending of a life, the beginnings of a journey, a drawing, a book, Tom Jeffreys in The Learned Pig, 01.10. 2014, Lire

10 Ways to Make British Art Less Annoying in 2014, Tom Jeffreys & Oscar Rickett Vice, 20. 01.2014

Nature Reserve, Cosima Gretton Super/Collider, 09.2013,

On Archiving And Knowledge, Frances Sampayo Urban Times, 22.08.2013

A natural arkive, Johanna Kieniewicz, PLOS, 15.08.2013, Lire

Nature Reserves offers quiet reflections on our flora and fauna, Mark Sheerin Culture 24, 09.08.2013, Lire

We Make Money Not Art, 02.2013, Lire

Art & Science, Wired, 02.2013

Le Graphite Briançonnais s’expose à Londres, Betty Azzarelli Alpes et Midi, 30.11.2012

Fantastic voyage: The strange journey of a graphite pencil, Johanna Kieniewicz, PLOS, 08.10. 2012, Lire

Fearless symmetries, Arthur I. Miller Times Higher Education, 25.10.2012, Lire

Vibrations from a Graphite Core, Camilla Apcar Urban Times, 18.10.2012

Graphite: the Art and Science of Carbon, Dominic Bate Urban Times, 11.10.2012

Just under the surface, Kay Syrad Fourth door review, 06.2013, Lire

The beauty of Trauma, Ruth Garde, 08.12.2011

Nottingham to Calais, James Storamble, 25.09.2011

The Outsiders, Julien Pouyet, Nord Littoral, 21.09.2011

Art meets science, Australian Cosmos magazine , 06.07.2011