Primary Optics: NONOTAK on turning their love of illustration and architecture into audio-visual art

With NONOTAK’s Daydream V.6 currently showing at Fact’s Future Shock exhibition at London’s 180 Studios, we revisit our 2020 documentary on the audiovisual duo’s immersive work. NONOTAK is an audio-visual collaboration between illustrator Noémie Schipfer and musician Takami Nakamoto. Together they’ve been exploring space, sound and light across installations and live shows since 2011, appearing at…
Primary Optics: NONOTAK on turning their love of illustration and architecture into audio-visual art

With NONOTAK’s Daydream V.6 currently showing at Fact’s Future Shock exhibition at London’s 180 Studios, we revisit our 2020 documentary on the audiovisual duo’s immersive work.

NONOTAK is an audio-visual collaboration between illustrator Noémie Schipfer and musician Takami Nakamoto. Together they’ve been exploring space, sound and light across installations and live shows since 2011, appearing at festivals such as MUTEK, Sónar and Houston’s Day For Night.

The duo’s extensive catalogue of works focus on the interplay between Schipfer’s geometric patterns and Nakamoto’s sound design, brought to life by stunning projections and lighting, triggered with the aid of Ableton Live and Resolume.

“With NONOTAK, it’s more like drawing inside a space compared to when I was drawing on the paper or painting,” Schipfer says. Nakamoto, who is a former architect, approaches the creative process almost like the design of a structure.

“When I write music I always think about spaces or there’s always a sort of abstract vision going on in my head,” Nakamoto says, “and then I start to put colours or emotion in the idea I have and I start to think about what it could sound like.”

In this episode of Primary Optics, Fact met up with NONOTAK at the 2020 edition of Lunchmeat Festival in Prague, where they performed their stunning AV show Shiro, which took place in the city’s Divadio Archa. The duo spoke to us about their career, inspirations and the technology behind their ambitious audio-visual productions.

NONOTAK’s Daydream V.6 appears at Future Shock until 28 August, 2022. Tickets are on sale now via the 180 The Strand website.

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