Microwave International New Media Arts Festival kicked off at Hong Kong City Hall last week. It offers an offbeat experience, in which visitors are liberated from the boundary that pre-defined by curators or artists. By immersing themselves in the new media arts with the theme of "live", visitors can give their own interpretation of "live".
The Value interviewed NONOTAK studio, a Paris-based collaborative team participating in this festival. The team is formed by French illustrator Noemi Schipfer and Japanese electronic musician Takami Nakamoto. They use light and sound installations to create environments with kinetic visual and complex illustrations.
Q: Can you tell us about your team?
A: We are Nonotak. We are Takami Nakamoto and Noemi Schipfer. Takami has an architect background and I have an illustration background. Takami is also a musician. The idea of our team is to emerge our knowledge and work on the notion of space, sound and visual. Try to find the link between them.
Q: Have you two found any difficulty working together?
A: It all started with two of us. Now it feels pretty natural to work together. What I personally find it easy for me to work with Noemi is that we completely agree on the same aesthetic. The only struggle would be technical problems, like how do we set things up. In terms of artistic or creative concepts, we kind of think the same so we find it easy working together.
Q: Can you tell us about the work presented for this festival?
A: This one is the version 2 of our project called “Narrow” and it is a bigger version. It used to be a frame of 1 meter by 1 meter. It became 2 meter by 2 meter. It forms a tunnel of light and it is a light installation working with sounds as well.
Q: Is there any message from you work?
A: I don’t think we have any particular message. We would like our work to be understood by all ages, like children, all the people, and adults. More like just having fun in our installation. Look at it and think about things that are different from ours and have their own interpretations.
Q: Anything special about the way your work is presented in Hong Kong?
A: We would like our installation to adapt into different space. This time, we have the view of Hong Kong bay. But I think it will look better at night because of the contrast. The light makes the installation look different.
Q: Among other installations at this festival, which one is your favourite?
A: I think it’s hard to tell because each artwork is quite different. Each concept is interesting. For this festival, I think it’s all about different installations resonating with each other in a way. I think it’s very interesting.
"Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2017"
Period: 2017/10/12 – 22
2017/10/13 - 22｜12nn - 8pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall
Location: 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
Admission fee: Free