Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces

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

Surrender yourself to a torrent of video and sound in this presentation
of Ryoji Ikeda’s concert works

Paris-based Ryoji Ikeda is an electronic composer and visual artist, internationally acclaimed for his work that focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and visualizes this by means of both mathematical precision and painstaking aesthetics. His performance superposition, premiered at Kyoto Experiment 2013, was enthusiastically received by Japanese audiences. Marking a new stage in the composer’s oeuvre, it presented the world of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory from an aesthetical approach. Returning to Kyoto for the first time in three years, this is an opportunity to experience four of Ikeda’s concert works created since 2000 in one comprehensive program. It includes formula (2000–), which was made with Shiro Takatani and Takayuki Fujimoto, members of Dumb Type. The program also features C4I (2004–), which explores the multifaceted nature of the data that pervades our world and became a departure point for a later series, as well as datamatics (2006–), which presents the critical point of perception in regards to macroscopic and microscopic data, and the Japanese premiere of matrix.

Ryoji Ikeda, formula [ver.2.3](2000-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I(2004-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano Ryoji Ikeda, datamatics [ver.2.0](2006-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano Ryoji Ikeda, datamatics [ver.2.0](2006-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano Ryoji Ikeda, matrix(2016) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
11.1(Tue)-11.6(Sun)
VENUE
South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
DURATION
formula [ver.2.3]: 40min / C4I: 43min / datamatics [ver.2.0]: 50min / matrix: 40min
CITY
Paris, France
CATEGORY

Ryoji Ikeda

Born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan, lives and works 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 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).

formula [ver.2.3]
Directed byRyoji Ikeda
Concept, compositionRyoji Ikeda
formula [prototype] Video materials and editingShiro Takatani
Computer graphicsHiromasa Tomari
Lighting and stage designTakayuki Fujimoto
formula [ver. 1.0 - 2.2]
Computer graphics and editingShohei Matsukawa
Produced byForma and Ryoji Ikeda
C4I
Directed byRyoji Ikeda
Concept, video, musicRyoji Ikeda
Computer graphics, video editingShohei Matsukawa, Daisuke Tsunoda
Commissioned byYamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), 2004
Produced byForma
datamatics [ver.2.0]
Directed byRyoji Ikeda
Concept, compositionRyoji Ikeda
Computer graphics, programmingShohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama
Co-commissioned byAV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006, 2006
Co-produced byLes Spectacles vivants, Centre Pompidou, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media(YCAM), 2008
Supported byRecombinant Media Labs
Produced byForma
matrix
Concept, compositionRyoji Ikeda
Sponsored byAranvert Hotel Kyoto
Presented byKyoto Experiment

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  • Ryoji Ikeda

    datamatics [ver.2.0]

  • 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 & Eklekto, music for percussion, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda & Eklekto

    music for percussion