Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Ryoji Ikeda - datamatics [solo exhibition]

1 Mar – 25 May 08
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, JP

In his first solo exhibition in Japan, renowned electronic composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda presents new and existing works from his datamatics series.

Since 1995, Ikeda has been intensely active through concerts, installations, and recordings, integrating sound, acoustics and sublime imagery. In the artist's works, music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as Ikeda explores sound and vision as sensation, pulling apart their physical properties to reveal their complex relationships with human perception.

The datamatics series is a long–term programme of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works that take data as their theme and material, exploring the ways in which abstracted views of reality – data – are used to encode, understand and control the world.

Ikeda's works both examine and apply mathematical and scientific theory, and test the extreme potentials of digital technology, to reveal the microscopic matter – and data – that permeates our universe, whilst challenging our own thresholds of perception.

This solo exhibition presents the recent works [nº1-a] and data.tron, alongside a major new installation commissioned by YCAM, entitled test pattern [nº1]. The exhibition opens with a live performance of Ikeda's critically acclaimed concert piece datamatics [ver.2.0].

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