VJ Nokami / About

Eric Filion aka vj Nokami, graphic designer is in the visual media and communications environnement. He participates in several visual artistic performances as media designer. Eric was part of the Neoist movement, and collaborates regularly in international artistic visual presentations in Europe (LUX, AVITUK, Arts Electronica), USA (SHARE, AVITRetreat, Center art project), South America (404 festival), Asia (CeC, Mobile road cinema thailand, Thailand New media Arts) and in Canada (Upgrade, Mutek, Dorkbot, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Momentfactory, SAT, Champs Libre, X Avant new music festival, AD NOISEAM, Nuit Blanche ).

His artistic approach is clearly influenced by his numerous travels on several continents. The canvas of the images he expresses tend to reflect human emotions based on cultural values where ancient traditions meet with the present, to clash and become in harmony in the now.

VJ (video performance artist)

A VJ is a performance artist who creates moving visual art (namely video) on large displays or screens, often at events such as concerts, nightclubs and music festivals, and usually in conjunction with other performance art. This results in a live, multimedia performance that can include music, actors or dancers as well as live and pre-recorded video.

The term VJ originates from a parallel with the term Disc Jockey or DJs, although most VJs nowadays have more in common with musicians than with DJs.

VJing definitions

As a new artform VJing has many evolving definitions - the following quotations are some examples of how VJs are being defined.

“A VJ manipulates video in much the same way that a DJ mixes records. The techniques and equipment vary but the basic principles remain the same (e.g. selecting, cross fading, scratching, cutting and sampling a rhythm). Some VJs concentrate on just visuals, mixing and manipulating video or film, to create stunning projections. Other VJs use both sound and vision, mixing audiovisual samples to create whole collages or AV sets. Good examples of this are Visual Artists: VJ V2 - VJ CultureVJ CULTURE. “What is VJing? It means improvising with visuals, specifically those rendered via projected light. The expression originally referred to the Video Jockey (as a counterpart to the disk jockey), but its more accurately Visuals Jockey - a general descriptor that encompasses older, non-video avocations such as ‘running the lightshow’” - The VJ Book, “VJs have become an essential part of the clubbing experience.

They provide the projected visuals within the club environment that accompany the DJ, mixing and scratching video in a similar way to how DJs cut up records. VJ: Starting Out ” VJ allows audio visual artists to research and resample mainstream audio visual culture, without the limitations often imposed by the more mainstream media legislations. A platform where VJ’s are free to explore and express the power of Audio visual communication directly with their audience, while bypassing control bodies and other media organisations


Wayang Kulit Shadow-Puppet Play

When the epic tales are presented in the form of a long shadow-puppet play (generally three hours in Bali, and often nine hours in Java), however, one highly trained puppeteer, a mystic storyteller and interpreter of the supernatural (not unlike a Shaman), is in total control of the performance. The puppeteer, called dalang, is a multi-talented artist of the highest calibre, not a specialist as in many cultures around the world.

The wayang kulit shadow-puppet play is presented at night, with a large white screen (stretched vertically over a wooden frame, sometimes elaborately carved) which is illuminated by a bright light from behind (i.e., the side where the dalang and the gamelan musicians are seated, formally atired, on the floor). The screen-stage of the wayang kulit symbolically represents the spiritual world in microcosm.

The screen is the sky; the banana trunk (used to support and hold the puppets) denotes the earth; the bright light (an electric light bulb in Java and a primitive coconut oil lamp in Bali) is the sun; the puppets are human beings; and the dalang is god (i.e., the hidden forces and powers that conduct human behavior).