Interview: Robert Nortik
Luca Curci talks with Robert Nortik during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
From 1986 to 1988, Robert Nortik followed a theatrical training (Ecole Serge Martin in Geneva). Around 1995, he turned to the humor solo and created “Le Film sauvage”, which won the prize ‘New scenes 1996’. He plays in the theater and directs many short films. Fascinated by the realization of images broadcast in multi-projections, he created Nortik Studio Sarl, a ‘magic lantern’ structure which implements all the visual technologies available in the service of thought for live performances. In 2009, he adapted a scene from Fellini’s “Dolce Vita” for the prestigious Fête des Lumières in Lyon in an original multimedia installation that will be seen by more than 2 million visitors. He is active in several fields: opera, dance and theater, architectural video mapping and painting. With opera director Philippe Arlaud, he deepens an original audio-visual language, mixed in real time, on several multiform and mobile supports, which combine visual production with music, scenography, dramaturgy and lighting. For the opera, he collaborates with Philippe Arlaud, (The return of Ulysse, The coronation of Poppea, the engagement to the convent, Falstaff, the Ring in one Evening), Pierre Strösser (Ariodante), Blanca Li (Treeminisha), Oleg Kulik (Le Messie), Nicolas Buffe (il Re Pastore), Christopher Renshaw (Carmen, La Cubana) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, at Bayreuth, at the Festpielhaus Baden Baden. At the theater, he has produced installations for numerous productions, as varied as for Jango Edwards at the Casino de Paris and for “Le rêve de Vladimir” by Dominique Ziegler at the Théâtre de Carouge. Its monumental urban illuminations and its original architectural video-mapping have been noticed and praised in Geneva, Lyon, Vevey, Quebec, Neuchâtel, Murten… He signed the monumental light canvases for the Aids Gala at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 2009 to 2019. In 2019, he directed and produced a video mapping for: “Who’s afraid of the White Lady?”, a musical tale with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Department of Public Instruction.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Robert Nortik – I made a vdeo projection mapping on a museum in Morat in January for the Festival des Lumières de Morat, one of the most creative and interesting light festival in Switzerland in a beautiful location. On the 18th of February, I had a premiere in the theater Alchimic, in Geneva. I made the video design and the creation of the video live design on stage as part of the performance. On the 19th of February, I had a vernissage in Geneva about the pictural work I did to create my digital work. Real paintings on canvas. So I can draw little sketches on paper or painting on canvas which become huge image on stage or on buildings.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your works?
RN – The most challenging is to find where my creativity can fit.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RN – I work with colors and soul. Any image I build is connected with light and color. My goal is making an inner positive impact on people, by humour, color, provocation, rythme.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RN – Of course very chalenging and very difficult. But I’m lucky, different person trust me and I can work on many places and venues. Step by step I quit the technique and can express better and deeper, with many medias.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
RN – The artwork I show is about Journey. A journey in the world of emotions.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
RN – I’m very curious about meeting new groups and new contact. It seems to be interesting, but I think there is more I can discover…
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
RN – Yes I’m sure, it is a question of relation and contact. Let’s exchange and see where we can collaborate and combine talents.