Think Evolution #1 : Kiku-ishi(Ammonite)


After prospering for 300 million years ammonite disappeared at the same time when dinosaurs extinct 66 million years ago. From its shell structure and fossils, it is assumed that ammonite is closely related to squid and octopus, The octopus has thrown away its shells in the course of evolution, but it is known to use tools such as coconut shells and bivalves to protect  to protect its soft body. I was inspired by the evolutionary story, and began a journey of thought experiments to restore the shape of the excavated ammonite shell and encounter octopus.


Provider of CT data: White Rabbit Corporation
3D CG modeling support: Yuji Osagawa
Kintsugi support: Noriko Shoji
This project is partially supported by ERATO.

Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower 52F, TOKYO CITY VIEW

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02.11—03.12  |  10:00—22:00


Artist Profile

  • 撮影:新津保建秀



    AKI INOMATA graduated with an MFA in Inter Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts.
    She creates her artworks through collaboration with living creatures.
    Her “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?” series, in which she gives hermit crabs shells made with a 3D printer, brings to mind migrants, refugees, and their ability to swap nationalities. For “I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair”, she makes herself a cape out of her dog’s hair and a smaller cape out of her own hair. Wearing the dog hair cape, the artist has the dog wear the cape made from her hair so that they are wearing each other’s coats.
    Her recent exhibitions include “KENPOKU ART 2016”.