Essence of Light

Augmented still-life


Artist: Nourathar Studio

Authors: Caen Botto & Marta Rupérez

Title: Essence of Light

Date: 2017

Medium: Augmented reality; mixed media

Dimensions: 43,5 (h) x 96 (w) x 32,5 (d) cm

Loop duration: 2'15"

Private collection (Greece)


A still life of obsolete technologies virtually re-animated; they are brought back to life through the combination of augmented reality with antique magic tricks.

The title, Essence of (athar) Light (nour), refers to Mary-Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt's adaptation from arabic which gives name to the dúo. As in other works of the series, the animated composition is approached with a musical sense of rhythm and balance; both music and light, as abstract artforms, are best appreciated over time.

In parallel to the combination of the physical and virtual scenographies, the work suggests a meeting of past and future in the constantly mutating instant.

Other nods to history include iconography which reminds of the Dutch and Flemish Vanitas, still life paintings from 16th & 17th centuries, aimed at capturing the passage of ephemeral elements, such as time and light. Symbolism includes: skulls, clocks, bubbles and even a distorted reflection of the artists.