the radar [kyoto]
A stunning installation mapping the universe that can be observed from its precise location
A large outdoor site-specific experience appears in the courtyard of ROHM Theatre Kyoto. From a beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 to a 400-meter wall at a salt manufacturing site in Germany and an art museum in France, the radar is a series of site-specific spectacles. This new iteration features a giant screen, on to which are mapped the images of space that can be observed from the exact latitude and longitude of the installation location, based on a vast database of information. The result is a sophisticated fusion of sound and video presenting a unique opportunity to encounter the interface of our universe, a truly immense space beyond the scope of ordinary perception.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- ROHM Square, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Paris, France
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).
|Concept, composition||Ryoji Ikeda|
|Computer graphics, programming||Norimichi Hirakawa|
|Commissioned by||Kyoto Experiment|
|Sponsored by||Aranvert Hotel Kyoto|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|