World-renowned artist studio NONOTAK at ARTECHOUSE for International Day of Light

9 May 2018

World-renowned artist studio NONOTAK at ARTECHOUSE for International Day of Light

ARTECHOUSE partners with The Optical Society for International Day of Light Exhibit

WASHINGTON D.C – The Optical Society (OSA) in partnership with ARTECHOUSE, The American Physical Society (APS), and The American Institute of Physics (AIP)'s Venture Partnership Fund has planned an innovative visual experience that celebrates the International Day of Light 2018. NONOTAK, a world-renowned artist studio, will debut their first U.S solo art exhibition. A private viewing will be held on 16 May 2018 and will become open to the public the following day, 17 May through 30 June 2018.

The International Day of Light provides an enduring follow-up to the International Year of Light in raising the profile of science and technology, stimulating education, and improving the quality of life worldwide. An official inauguration ceremony will take place 16 May 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, involving presentations from Nobel laureates and other scientists and industry leaders.

WHAT: International Day of Light Art and Technology Exhibition  
WHEN: 17 May 2018 – 30 June 2018
TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 11 pm (Evening admissions are exclusive to ages 21+)
1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC 20024
This exciting hands on exhibition will feature:
  • Main Gallery - BASELINE: Merging of video projection with light fixtures combined with sound designed to take visitors to a geometric landscape made real and alive. The installation invites the visitors to contemplate their relationship to the light that surrounds them on a daily basis.
  • Gallery One - OCEAN: A movement of light that uses reflection to simulate the ocean. The installation invites visitors to step into a mesmerizing undulation of light filling the space.
  • Gallery 2 - COMA: Moving bright lights on pedestals that juxtapose the diffused light emitting from the structures and reflecting on the walls. This installation is an active exploration of light.
  • ZERO POINT ONE:  The thinnest light source that materializes light as a volume appears to float in space. This hypnotic installation geometrically explores the X and Y axes.
Additional Information
Get the story on ARTECHOUSE, NONOTAK and the science behind the exhibit during the press preview from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on 15 May. RSVP to Appointments can also be requested between 12pm – 4pm. Photographers and film crews are welcome; contact in advance to make arrangements.
There is also an opportunity for bloggers and social media influencers to attend a late evening preview from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. To RSVP:

About The International Day of Light
The International Day of Light 2018 (IDL) is administered from the International Basic Science Programme (IBSP) of UNESCO by a Steering Committee that includes representatives from UNESCO as well as: the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), Bosca, the European
Physical Society (EPS), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), Light: Science and Applications, - the international network of accelerator based light sources, The Optical Society (OSA), Philips Lighting, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and Thorlabs. The Steering Committee is assisted by an Advisory Board representing all sectors of the community of light science and technology, astronomy, lighting and applications, art, energy, architecture, and lighting design, as well as representatives from international organizations.
ARTECHOUSE, based in Washington, DC, is a first of a kind innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and technology driven works by artists who are forerunners of the new age in the arts and technology. With a mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential and exploratory art form, ARTECHOUSE connects audience to the arts, and stimulates interest in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity. Since it’s opening in June 2017 ARTECHOUSE has welcomed over 150,000 visitors and was featured on the New York Times, BBC, USA Today, and numerous other national and international media outlets as the premier contemporary art space.
NONOTAK also known as NONOTAK Studio is the collaborative installation and performance project founded by illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect & musician Takami Nakamoto. It was conceived in 2011 with a commission from architect Bigoni-Mortemard to create a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris. NONOTAK studios work with light, space, and sound to create performance pieces that are ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environments. NONOTAK are also known for using custom built technology in many of their pieces as well as using conventional technology in unconventional ways to generate a certain desired effect. NONOTAK’s acclaimed installation piece Daydream V2 was nominated for the Prix Cube in 2013 and have been awarded the Art Directors Club of New York (ADC) Young Guns award in 2016.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit
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