Collaboration with mathematicians and climate modellers Rita van Dingenen and Jean Philippe Putaud, JRC, European Commission, Ipsra, Italy

NOIRS, 2016-18
Carbon ink prints photographies, Variable dimensions, Phials of Carbon black particles, cartographies



Following Carbon Black Project protocol, this series of sky portraits is realised in a sessile way. Like a plant, fixed in its environment, the intention is to let ourselves be crossed by the meteors we create: the carbon black particles, a particulate matter only visible at a scale of 2.5 microns and which reveals our permeability to the world.

The protocol implies flying a helium inflated ballon taking into the invisibile matter of the sky a filter to capture the carbon black particles in the air. We later extract the collected particles by immersing the filters in an ion baths and transform them into ink. Each photography is thus printed from a part of the particulate matter collected in the sky where the photography was made.

These sky portraits are exhibited along their repsective carbon black particles phials as well as maps showing the trajectories of the particles from the point they were emmitted to the site of capture of the photography. These multiples emphasizes the dissolution of the boundaries between the inside and the outside revealing the soluble frontier between our bodies and environments marked by human activities. They invites to turn our attention to the world that constitutes us and that we contribute to modify in a network of complex entanglements.








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NOIRS DE PARIS, 2018
5 Carbon ink prints photographies, 20x30cm, Phials of carbon black particles, cartographies

Portraits of the sky above Rue Blomet, Paris, 9th to 13th November 2018.

About to return to the United States, Marcel Duchamp encapsulated in a glass phial 50cc air Paris, for his friend and patron Walter Arensberg. A century later, I returned to the site of his first air capture. For five days, I walked on Blomet street in Paris with my camera turned towards the sky and a balloon filled with helium taking into the air a filter capturing the invisible dust of carbon black particles to create 5 portraits of Paris sky.


Sky of Paris, Date: 13.11.2018, Level of carbon black: 18?g/m³, Location: Sky Rue Blomet, Paris, Carbon ink print photography


Sky of Paris, Date: 09.11.2018, Level of carbon black: 2?g/m³, Location: Sky Rue Blomet, Paris, Carbon ink print photography, 5x15 cm


Sky of Paris, Date: 10.11.2018, Level of carbon black: 9?g/m³, Location: Sky Rue Blomet, Paris, Carbon ink print photography, 5x15 cm

Phial of carbon black particles collected on 09.11.2018, Sky of Rue Blomet, Paris

Phial of carbon black particles collected on 13.11.2018, Sky of Rue Blomet, Paris

Phial of carbon black particles collected on 10.11.2018, Sky of Rue Blomet, Paris


Trajectories of carbon black particles in the sky of Paris, above Rue Blomet from November 9th, 10th, 13th, 2018







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NOIRS DE METZ, 2019
4 Carbon ink print photographies, 20x30cm, Phials of carbon black particles, cartographies

Portraits of the sky above Octave Cowbell Gallery, April 2nd to April 6th, 2019.






Noir de Metz from Anais Tondeur on Vimeo.

View from the carbon particle capture device in the sky of Metz. A small camera scans the sky of Metz while a helium balloon floats above Octave Cowbell Gallery. It entailed a filter to capture in the invisible of the sky of Metz, carbon black particles.






Sky of Metz, Date: 06.04.2019, Level of carbon black: 3,5µg/m³, Location: Sky above Octave Cowbell Gallery, Carbon ink print photography, 20x30cm


Phial of carbon black particles collected on 06.04.2019 in the sky of Metz


Sky of Metz, Date: 02.04.2019, Level of carbon black: 7µg/m³, Location: Sky above Octave Cowbell Gallery, Carbon ink print photography, 20x30cm


Sky of Metz, Date: 03.04.2019, Level of carbon black: 9µg/m³, Location: Sky above Octave Cowbell Gallery, Carbon ink print photography, 20x30cm


Phial of carbon black particles collected on 03.04.2019 in the sky of Metz


Sky of Metz, Date: 05.04.2019, Level of carbon black: 10µg/m³, Location: Sky above Octave Cowbell Gallery, Carbon ink print photography, 20x30cm

Trajectories of carbon black particles in the sky of Metz, above Gallery Octave Cowbell, Metz from April 2nd, 2019











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