Forget about the usual sound installations you used to experience.

Those who attended Sónar Istanbul last March will remember the notable performance called “Shiro” by Nonotak studio. Nonotak is an artistic collaboration between French illustrator Noemi Schipfer and Japanese architect/musician Takami Nakamoto. Nonotak works with light and sound installations, creating an ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environment meant to envelope the viewer. When Takami Nakamoto’s approach of space & sound and Noemi Schipfer’s experience in kinetic visual come together, the result is so influential that you cannot stay indifferent.

We are curious about Nonotak’s story. They first collaborated in 2011 for a commission from the architecture firm Bigoni-Mortemard to create a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris. “It was so organic that we continued to work on ideas together until the first pieces of the project came together,” they say. And since then they’ve been together to create many memorable performances.

Nonotak’s works bring together installations and music. They have a mixed set of skills – Takami Nakamoto came from a band background and has always been making music and soundscapes: “That coupled with the design, fine art and architecture aspects, it came naturally to the project to add a pivotal sound element to our work. We found that with our skills and background, this was the best set up in order to bring this experience to the public.”

Today we live in an image-oriented world, and visuality is a dominant character in Nonotak’s performances for sure. According to the artistic duo, visuality is just a way to communicate with a wider range of people all over the world: “The internet forms the most pivotal center of communication and exchanging ideas today. To create a piece whose experience can be communicated in some way through the image medium and then draws more people to view the piece is positive.”

There is always something futuristic about Nonotak performances. We wonder how futurism relate to their work: “On the surface it comes from our inspirations and also from our usage of technology. We are always trying to work with the newest and best technology and looking to customize it to our purposes. We really like the work of the Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, visual & sound pioneer artist Ryoji Ikeda. We are also inspired by the artist of the kinetic movement of the 60’s & Op’art like Victor Vasarely, Julio Le Parc, Jesus Soto. These are all artists that pushed their boundaries and looked to create work that was future viewing as we feel our work is as well.”

While we live in a period of digital transformation, Nonotak makes the best of it. “It is very positive, it means that we’re constantly given new tools to express ourselves with.” they say and they think new techniques influence their work in a positive way. We should say that we also are very excited about living in an age of evolution and we look forward to see and experience Nonotak’s next shows.