WORKS / Fossile #Paris

"Fossile # Paris"
Silicone molding of Fossils from buildings of Paris,
Glass plate with locational information code of GPS and Address of Paris, Neon, 2019, Adoka Niitsu
Installation view at Gallery of the Cité internationale des arts, 2019

"Fossile # Paris"
Video installation : Projector, Speakers, Limestones in the glass box, Neon, 2019, Adoka Niitsu

"Fossile # Paris"
Photobook about Fossil and Architecture of Paris Argentic photo paper,
30 x 30 cm, 26 pages, Limited Edition, 2019, Adoka Niitsu

"While everyone is taking their vacation, I stay in the capital in strong sunshine, imagining that I am looking for shells buried in the Parisian sea, 45 million years ago ...

Traces of organisms that no longer exist are remaining on the walls of old buildings which preserved by the limestone extracted from the underground.

This city can be called a snail but it evokes me rather the huge memory of a huge hard disk drive.

If so, what beautiful traces will we leave in the future?"

- Adoka Niitsu, 2017

"Fossil # Paris" is a project that focuses on the shell fossils of which the old Parisian buildings keep the imprint.

Paris was occupied by a tropical sea 45 million years ago.

"A wide variety of sediments are present in Paris, providing large quantities of building materials since antiquity, from sand, sandstone, clay and gypsum. Yet it is indeed the Lutetian limestone, known as the 'Paris stone,' that provided the bulk of building stone until the early 20th century." *

Since 2017, I've been looking for these fossils in every small street, every time my eyes keep attention on a wall. On facades, floors, stairs and pillars are still visible small fossil holes. When I find them, I cast them with silicone, photograph the buildings where they are located and then note their locational information code of GPS.

During an exhibition, my collection of casts is presented on a glass plate where the addresses and GPS positions are indicated together. The lines of the white neon lights evoke both the rows of a shelf and the multiple layers of limestone.

I also created a video that, by animating these fossil casts, seems to bring them back to life so that they tell the story of the Earth, accompanied by a sound environment.

In the age of the instantaneous, this work invites us to feel the accumulation of time, where paleontology and urbanism mingle in a vast ocean. Visitors rediscover the past of the city of Paris and of the planet, sculpted in architecture, and thus project themselves with a greater spiritual perspective towards the future.

Exhibited at the group show "FUTURE MYTHOLOGY DIARIES"
Joshibi University of Art and Design X Cité internationale des arts 20ans de collaboration

Opening : 19 JUNE 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition : 20 JUNE - 13 JULY 2019
Galerie - Cité internationale des arts : 18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris

Exhibited at the group show "INVISIBLE INFINITY - 8 Japanese Woman Artists show"

Opening : 5 SEPT 2019, 18:00 - 20:00
Exhibition : 5 SEPT - 21 SEPT 2019
Galerie Yoshii : 8, Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

Exhibition view at Galerie Yoshii, 2019