Architecture of multisensory experiences at the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds

Nourathar Studio is a creative technologies lab dedicated to the development of experiences which explore the full potential of emerging technologies. Their art occurs at the intersection between the physical and the virtual, in the hybrid space between technology, history and magic. The studio's current members are Caen Botto (Buenos Aires, 1970) and Marta Rupérez (Madrid, 1977).

The creative use of technologies has been at the core of the work of the founders of Nourathar Studio for over 20 years and includes: real-time audiovisual systems, immersive environments, motion capture, robotics and tele-presence.  Their work has been presented at art exhibitions, festivals and events such as Sonar (.es), Observatori (.es), FACT (.uk), FILE (.br), MAMBA (.ar). Artworks by Nourathar feature in private collections in Greece, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, US, Mexico.

The members of Nourathar have also designed and built experiences for a wide variety of other contexts: from the production of audiovisual shows and participative marketing actions to the technical direction and curating of new media art exhibitions. 

The name Nourathar was adapted from the Arabic words for "light" (nour) and "essence of" (athar) by Mary Elizabeth Hallock-Greenewalt (Beirut 1871–1951) to describe the visual music she created. 

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Selected Exhibitions:

· La parada de los monstruos. Est_Art Space, Alcobendas 2023

· Des_Ilusiones; Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología. Est_Art Space, Alcobendas 2023

· HYPNOSOFÍA. Cruz Bajo, Madrid 2022

· Drap-Art. Barcelona, 2022

· Nourathar // Franck Tassi: Open Studio. Sant Josep de sa Talaia 2021

· La maleta de artista. Nucleo Ibiza (group) Can Gelabert, Mallorca 2020

· Lumnorama; Synesthetic Devices & Sensitive Spaces. Sa Nostra Sala, Ibiza 2019

· Cabinet of Hypnosophical Curiosities. Can Jeroni, Ibiza 2019

· Oniritronix. Ventana Contemporary, Ibiza 2017

· Light after Dark (group) La Curva, Ibiza 2016

· Light Sculptures. El Hotel Pacha, Ibiza 2015

· After the Net 2.0, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth 2010

· After the Net, Observatori, Valencia 2008

· C0D3: the Mechanics of the Spell. FACT, Liverpool 2006

· Visions de Futur. Convent Sant Agustí, Barcelona 2003

· Butterfly Storm; 3ª Mostra d´art sonor i visual. Convent S. Agustí, Barcelona  2002

· Sensorial Mediática. El Atajo, Buenos Aires, 2000

· AlternatiBA. Centro Cultural San Martin, Buenos Aires 2000

· Fractal & Gardening & Techno-organic Crops. Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA) 2000

Selected Presentations:

· InmerLab @ Createc, FabLab Eivissa. Ibiza 2022

· +CODE / Cultura digital. Buenos Aires 2022

· LUZE @ Createc, Ajuntament d'Eivissa. Ibiza 2021 

· Think up Culture, Palma de Mallorca, 2020

· Connect'Up, Inca / Palma de Mallorca, 2020

· Cine TIC, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, 2019

· ArtFutura Ibiza, 2017

· TEDxSantAntoni, Ibiza 2016

· Dorkbot mtv. Montevideo 2012

· LaptopRus @ Medialab Prado. Madrid 2011

· Dorkbot. Barcelona 2006.

· Science Week. FACT. Liverpool 2006.

· AVLAB @Medialab Prado. Madrid 2006.

· Dorkbot. Madrid 2005.

· Sonar. Barcelona 2004.

· Open Fridays @ Straddle. Barcelona 2003.

Audiovisual Performance:

· Sicrosemias. Est_Art Space, Alcobendas 2023

· LUZE @ Createc, Ajuntament d'Eivissa, Ibiza 2021

· Narcissus' Selphere, ME, Ibiza 2018

· Hipersonica / File, Sao Paulo 2012

· Ciutats Creactives, Tarragona 2011

· Electrosonic-media, Burgos 2009

· Godskitchen, Athens, Bucarest, Kiev 2007

· Freeform, Moscow 2007

· REC, Madrid 2006

· Electrosonic, Burgos 2005

· Sonar, Barcelona 2004

· Expandea, Madrid 2004

· Los Monegros, Zaragoza 2004

· Sonar, Barcelona 2003

· Festimad, Madrid 2003

· Generative Art Symposium (GA), Milano 2002

· Error Club, Barcelona 2002

Technical direction, production, media art:

· Colección BEEP. Reus 2018

· Criaturas Digitales. Rome 2017

· Art Futura (Montevideo, BsAs, Bilbao, Ibiza)

· Sueños de Silicio @ Tabakalera, Donosti 2010

· Vida 11.0 @ Fundación Telefónica, Madrid 2009

· 2 you maestro, V. Ullate @ Teatro Real 2008

· Máquinas y Almas  @MNCARS, Madrid 2008

· sk-interfaces @FACT, Liverpool 2008

Aiguallums nº15 (trailer). Director: Enrique Villalonga. Production: Filmotica




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Founders' Bios


Nourathar’s Hypnosophical Curiosities combine augmented reality, interaction, optical illusionism and other hi & lo-tech mirages, to explore the ability of light to expand beyond the limitations of screens and flat surfaces. They capture and materialize light as it collides with different realities and highlight its potential to cross and unify multiple dimensions. The studio’s creative use of the electromagnetic principles which determine the behaviour of light, accentuates the subjective nature of vision and reality. 

Their augmented mini-scenographies incorporate a variety of technological tricks, proto-cinematic techniques and digital tools, to draw audiences into a dreamscape inhabited by futurities from an imaginary past. The impact of technology on how we perceive and relate to the world, is a recurring theme in the work of Nourathar’s members.  Much of the studio's work honors early inventors, sourcerers and light-art pioneers who would incorporate science to their magic shows and develop tricks based on the latest advances in electricity, optics or mechanics, to tease the perception of the viewer and invoke wonder. Nourathar’s aim is to recover this fascination for the magic of technology.

Lumnorama recently presented a series of interactive and site-specific installations by Nourathar Studio which invite users to explore the connections between the light, colour and sound spectra. The visitor’s physical experience with these artworks generates further correspondences with the environment. In this way, the gallery becomes a sensitive space, an audiovisual instrument with an invisible interface that allows for an intuitive experience of the work, in which audiences become active participants of the artwork, instead of passive spectators.