photographer: Angela von Brill
The Last Episode is a representational, strikingly minimalist work about the mother of all stories: two people’s love for each other. The protagonists of the narrative are immediately recognisable. But we do not recognise the narrative from the faithful, picturesque reproduction of the story or from an abstract image language never been seen before. Instead, it becomes apparent from the vague empathy that arises between us and the human-like entities on the blackthorn wall that, at most, can be described as human shadows. The last episode of the story of Ichiro and Futako. Futako is a woman made from the remains of fireworks who must learn to deal with her fate. She is fated to have her body exploded at the fireworks festival this summer. After spending time with Ichiro, she forgets her role as a firework and is forcibly reincarnated at a special ritual. The work focuses on the shine of the shortest life in this world.
nuQ participated in the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2019, and in the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in Japan. For more information on nuQ, visit https://jmaf-promote.jp/global/en/animation/CreatorsFile2020/nuQ.html.