Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has conceived an exhibition for the Hamburger Bahnhof. He has designed a white room and a black room as counterparts. The project is a composition in which time and space are shaped through the most minimal use of sound, light and visual elements.
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is delighted to present Ryoji Ikeda’s first survey exhibition in North America.
A fascinating and troubling poet of the digital age, Ikeda’s profound investigations in sound, time and space have their basis in mathematical methods which result in works of spare, sublime, if occasionally ear-splitting beauty. Spanning the microscopic to the infinite, his performances, installations and artworks variously produce sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data – sometimes in extraordinary combinations.
In 2011 Ryoji Ikeda was commissioned to create ‘The Transfinite’ for the third Annual Visual Art Exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory. This short film discusses the unique impact of the immersive visual and sonic installation with contributions from David Metcalfe, Artistic Director of Forma and Kristy Edmunds, Artistic Director for the Center of Performing Art at UCLA.
Ryoji Ikeda: test pattern [100 m version]
Audiovisual installation at Kraftzentrale
Japanese artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda’s new work translates the digital data that surrounds us in everyday life into flickering barcodes. We enter a gigantic landscape that consists of alternating black and white structures. The twitching currents flow by us at astonishing speed, contract and take on new forms. test pattern [100m version]—conceived especially for Duisburg’s Kraftzentrale—moves in the field of tension between technological feasibility and human perception. The serial perfection of this artificially created environment presents an extreme contrast to each human motion. On a 100-meter-long projection, we are simultaneously viewer and part of the image. Combined with the rhythmic power of the soundtrack, the result is a poetic space that invites us to linger—an experience that involves all the senses.
With surgical precision, Ryoji Ikeda transforms physical phenomena and mathematical concepts into complex montages of sound and light. Working with installations, live performance, and publications, he is one of the most innovative composers and visual artists in the field of electronics. His works are primarily characterized by an equal confidence in the use of visual and acoustic media.