datamatics [ver.2.0] is the new, full–length version of Ryoji Ikeda's acclaimed audiovisual concert.
For datamatics [ver.2.0], Ikeda has significantly developed the earlier version of this piece (premiered in March 2006), adding a newly commissioned second part.
Driven by the primary principles of datamatics, but objectively deconstructing its original elements – sound, visuals and even source codes – this new work creates a kind of meta–datamatics. Ikeda employs real–time programme computations and data scanning to create an extended new sequence that is a further abstraction of the original work.
The technical dynamics of the piece, such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue to challenge and explore the thresholds of our perceptions.
“datamatics [prototype] showed Ikeda at the height of his powers, building on his own unique and unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire, 2006