Quinto Piso, CCK 23/09/2017
Q&A x Yumber Vera Rojas
Salle Pierre-Mercure 03/06/2016
WHO: French-Japanese audiovisual performance duo Nonotak: artist Noemi Schipfer and musician, producer and architect Takami Nakamoto
STYLE: Melodic glitchy experimental techno, projection mapped images on multi screen geometric structures
LATEST WORK: Performance Shiro (2016), kinetic installation _Narcisse V.1. (2016), A/V show Versus (2015)
MORE: Takami Nakamoto teamed up with drummer Sebastien Benoits for Reflections, a highly physical performance of post-hardcore electronica augmented by strobes, LEDs, fog and 32 light bars on mic stands
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2014; Barcelona: 2015; Takami Nakamoto and drummer Sebastien Benoits at Montréal: 2015
Nonotak creates dazzling visual art installations that come alive in performance, fusing electronic music, strobe-lit, shadow-strewn lighting design, and multiple screens built into structures that surround the artists. Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto blur virtual and real in hypnotic performances with names like Daydream, Isotopes and Dream Collapse, crafting a universe of interactive sound and light metamorphosis that envelops not only the artists but audiences.
From a 2011 commission by the Architect Bigoni-Mortemard for a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris, Nonotak evolved into working on ethereal and immersive light and sound installations – with Nakamoto focused on space and sound concerns and Schipfer in control of the kinetic visuals. Beginning at the Mapping Festival in 2013 with Isotopes V2, provoked by the Fukushima disaster, they expanded their unique approach to A/V to involve more physicality and complexity of technology, architecture and concept.
After performing Late Speculation, a triangular light box structure and improvised audiovisual project at MUTEK in 2014 and a lauded run of their immersive audiovisual installation Versus at Montréal’s SAT 360-degree surround-sound-and-screen dome in late 2015, Nonotak returns to MUTEK with a new performance, Shiro, an audiovisual spectacle of experimental techno meshed with interplays of shadow and light across four transparent screens and the performers’ bodies.
Nonotak the collaborative duo comprising the French illustrator and musician Noemi Schipfer and japanese architect Takami Nakamoto, was born in 2011, when the architectural firm Bigoni- Mortemard charged them making a mural for the lobby of a Parisian apartment building.
But it was not until early 2013 when they began working on the creation of audiovisual installations that had the a unique trademark in the generation of ethereal and dreamlike environments that involve the viewer and vanish the boundary between the real and the virtual. The Mapping Festival 2013 in Geneva witnessed his first piece, "Isotopes V2", created around the Fukushima disaster, which consisted of a light trap. This one first attracted the public, hypnotizing them with flashing lights, and then left them out exhausted at all, showing how a seductive source of energy could turn into a real nightmare.
Since then, they have not stopped showing his work at festivals all over the globe. This year, EM15-the commemorative edition for the 15th anniversary of Elektra and Mutek, saw their latest performance, "Late Speculation", a triangular cabin made from three screens in which Noemi creates a set of light interacting with an experimental top of glitch echoes by Takami.
French-Japanese duo Nonotak, artists and musicians Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto, blur virtual and real space in live audiovisual shows that synch melodic, glitchy experimental techno with projection-mapped images on multi-screen geometric structures. Part visual art installation and part electronic music performance, Nonotak’s creations – with names like Daydream, Isotopes and Dream Collapse – are a spectacle to behold, and an incomparable universe of sound metamorphosis, easy enough to get lost within. Nonotak has performed at Belgium’s VIA and KIKK festivals, France’s Stereolux, Mirage and Vision’r festivals, with New York City’s AxcessArt and the Netherland’s Playgrounds digital art festival, and comes to Montreal’s EM15 with their triangular light-box structure and improvised audiovisual project, Late Speculation.