Ryoji Ikeda

datamatics [ver.2.0]

A one-day performance of Ryoji Ikeda’s masterpiece (high-profile piece) in a vast theater space. The swirl of sound and visuals converted by an enormous amount of data engulfs our entire being.

Ikeda creates sounds and visuals that are beyond our perception, making excellent use of computer and state-of-art technology. The one day only audiovisual concert takes place in the vast space of Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza! Based in Paris, Ikeda is one of the world’s leading electronic composers and visual artists and his new work is always eagerly anticipated. His large solo exhibition “+/-[the infinite between 0 and 1]” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and spectra[nagoya], which was done as a massive installation at Nagoya Castle with a high voltage search light that reached the stratosphere (Aichi Triennale 2011), have both left, sonically as well as visually, a great impact on audiences. datamatics [ver.2.0], in which Ikeda uses all sorts of data such as microscopic DNA and molecules all the way to the macroscopic cosmos in an attempt to grasp the world by exploring the limit of human perception, is the final piece of a series that began in 2006. Creating infinite sequences at high speed, he composes the almost violent performance with great precision. Ikeda’s ultra minimalistic world offers a sublime audio-visual experience. In 2013, his new work, superposition, will come to Kyoto for its Japanese premiere.

YEAR
2012
DATES
10.20(Sat)
VENUE
Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
DURATION
55min.
CATEGORY

Ryoji Ikeda

Born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan.Live and work in Paris, France. Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects: ‘datamatics’ (2006-) consists of various forms such as moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore one’s potentials to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. The project ‘test pattern’ (2008-) has developed a system that converts any type of data – text, sounds, photos and movies into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s, which examines the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception. The series ‘spectra’ (2001-) is large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural material and so transforming public locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Nagoya where versions have been installed. With Carsten Nicolai, Ikeda works a collaborative project ‘cyclo.’ (2000-), which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music, with audiovisual modules for real-time sound visualization, through live performance, CDs and books (Raster-noton, 2001, 2011).

DirectionRyoji Ikeda
Concept, compositionRyoji Ikeda
Computer graphics, programmingShohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama
Co-commissioned byAV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006
Co-produced byForma, les Spectacles vivants–Centre Pompidou, YCAM, 2008
Supported byRecombinant Media Labs
Presented byKYOTO EXPERIMENT

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  • Ryoji Ikeda

    datamatics [ver.2.0]

  • Ryoji Ikeda

    superposition

  • Ryoji Ikeda, datamatics [ver.2.0](2006-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda

    Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces

  • Ryoji Ikeda, the radar [kyoto], 2016, ROHM Square, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda

    the radar [kyoto]