Distance #M31

Adoka Niitsu, Distance #M31, 2018
Mixed Media Installation with Lithographic Limestone of Solnhofen and Eichstätt (Bavaria in Germany), Fossils, LED Neon light, Mirror, Plexiglas, Glass box

Dimension of the stone : 14.5 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm (5.7 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)
Glass box L20 x W40 x H25 cm (7.8 x 15.7 x 9.8 in)

Image source : First Photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy by Isaac Roberts (1829-1904) / Public Domain


Installation view of Adoka Niitsu's solo exhibition "AA'A'' Andromeda" at Galerie Yoshii, Paris. November 29, 2018 - January 22, 2019. Photograph by © Adoka Niitsu

Private collection, Switzerland
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Extending Human Vision

"The smartphone-shaped sculpture called "Distance # M31" presents the image of a galaxy Andromeda from a series of first photos taken between 1887 and 1895 by Isaac Roberts*. The image of the galaxy is projected on a screen that mimics the camera shooting mode of a smartphone.

The stones were collected by the artist Adoka Niitsu herself in the Solnhofen region of Germany, known for limestone quarries that used for lithographic prints. They contain fossils that can be considered media that appeared before humans and show us what life was like on the earth.

The invention of lithography became possible to print a large amount of multi-color printing, and opened up a new artistic field of applied art and multiple art, as well as advertisement and political intention, poster as public space in city space stimulated people's lifestyle and pushed the modernization by the power of image. It is also a technology that forms the basis of today’s offset printing and is also applied to printing technology of semiconductor microchip of computer and smartphone called "photolithography" combined with method of lithography and photography.

Our vision continue to extend with technology. Today, high-resolution images of distant galaxies and planets are instantly shared to smartphones from NASA. Maybe someday we will be able to control a drone-like machine with a smartphone to freely explore the universe and take pictures of the Andromeda Galaxy. Dialog here with a perception of the distance that separates the Earth from the Andromeda galaxy (2 light years and a half a way), Niitsu's works are questioning the function of the invention of the media in order to consider the position of technology in the future and since its origin."

Text from Adoka Niitsu's solo exhibition "AA'A'' Andromeda" at Galerie Yoshii, Paris, 2018.

(*) Isaac Roberts (1829-1904)
British amateur astronomer who made significant contributions to the field of astrophotography. His photographs of Andromeda revealed for the first time that the nebula has a spiral structure.
Remerciements :
June Allen (English text check)
Noriko Mitsuhashi (Reseach trip for limestone)