Nagi Noda’s last music video and kuroko, an old theater trick

Last week, I posted about the unfortunate, way-too-soon death of one of Japan’s leading ladies in contemporary art, Nagi Noda. The last thing she worked on was this music video and album art for Japanese singer MEG. In this video, Noda uses kuroko, a traditional Japanese theater technique involving several stagehands dressed completely in black, to make things appear to be moving on their own. Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s really cool how Japanese traditional arts blend so seamlessly with contemporary aesthetic—everything from this video, to kimono fabrics in fashion, to zen influences in interior design.

(Thanks, Aaron!)

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  1. Nagi Noda’s final music video

    Japanese multimedia artist Nagi Noda passed away last week. Lisa Katayama wrote this about the very last music video Noda directed before her death. Aaron Stewart Ahn, the fellow who wrote a beautiful note about Nagi’s “meaning of life on a napkin” in…