Last year the Paris-based artists Noemi Schipfer and Takami Takamoto began creating light and sound installations under the collaborative name NONOTAK. The team of Ms. Schipfer, an illustrator with a background in “kinetic visuals” and Mr. Takamoto, a musician and architect, first came together to create a mural in the lobby of a Paris public housing building in 2011 and began to present light/sound installations in 2013. Their work uses mapped light projections to immerse the viewer in a perception-defying audiovisual experience, with Mr. Takamoto’s soundtracks accompanying with a similar bare-bones ethereality.
Premiering Isotopes v.2 at the ninth Mapping Festival last year in Geneva, the NONOTAK piece presents viewers with a conception of dematerialized space inspired by the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and our species’ relationship with nuclear power. Later in the year, Daydream v.2 and v.3, allow viewers to stand stationary while space itself appeared to be be stretched and shaped around them. The videos I have included I’m sure do little justice to the actual experience of seeing the work of NONOTAK in person and I am wishing that I had been made aware of it earlier so I could have made my way up to Brooklyn to see Daydream v.3 when it was at the Fowler Arts Collective a couple months ago. Hopefully I will have a chance to encounter the duo’s mind-bending work soon. For now, check out some of their works via web with these pictures and videos: