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C⁴I

C⁴I is both a concert and film by Ryoji Ikeda that uses data as its material and theme, highlighting the ways in which data shapes our understanding of the world. Video images of landscapes are progressively abstracted into a language of data. Facts, figures and diagrams are used in a montage with dazzling graphic impact. The text excerpts elegantly punctuate the on-screen projections. Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, the work subtly and hypnotically suggests the convergence of the real and the virtual. The soundtrack synchronises perfectly with the graphical and video images to create a piece of undeniable power and beauty. 

Derived from the natural world, from global systems such as economics and from research mathematics, data forms a new material for artistic explorations. C⁴I, in its meticulous composition and technical sophistication, reveals sublime views of reality.


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C⁴I

Ryoji Ikeda
2004

C⁴I is both a concert and film by Ryoji Ikeda that uses data as its material and theme, highlighting the ways in which data shapes our understanding of the world. Video images of landscapes are progressively abstracted into a language of data. Facts, figures and diagrams are used in a montage with dazzling graphic impact. The text excerpts elegantly punctuate the on-screen projections. Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, the work subtly and hypnotically suggests the convergence of the real and the virtual. The soundtrack synchronises perfectly with the graphical and video images to create a piece of undeniable power and beauty. 

Derived from the natural world, from global systems such as economics and from research mathematics, data forms a new material for artistic explorations. C⁴I, in its meticulous composition and technical sophistication, reveals sublime views of reality.

  • Credits

    C⁴I was created by Ryoji Ikeda in 2004. Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, 2004. Produced by Forma.

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Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media

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Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media

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Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media

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Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media

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Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media

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Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese sound and visual artist living and working in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan. Ikeda has gained an international reputation as one of the few artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestras sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Alongside musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as datamatics (2006-), test pattern (2008-), spectra (2001-), cyclo (a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai), superposition (2012-), supersymmetry (2014-) and micro | macro (2015-). Ryoji Ikeda is represented by Almine Rech Gallery.


Previous presentations

2007

Le Petit Faucheux, Tours, France
Mutek, Mexico City, Mexico
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Art Beijing, Beijing, China
The Esplanade, Singapore City, Singapore
Teatro Out Off, Milan, Italy
TDK Time Warp, Mannheim, Germany

2006

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
California Theater, San Jose, CA, USA
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Maerz Musik, Berlin, Germany
Barbican, London, UK
AV Festival, Sage, Gateshead, UK
Teatro Canovas, Malaga, Spain

 

2005

Klangraum Minoritenkirche, Krems, Austria
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, Italy
Usine-C, Festival Elektra, Montreal, Canada
Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Stuk, Leuven, Belgium

2004

Teatro la Cavallerizza, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Theatre Kikker, Utrecht, Netherlands
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan

Background image: Installation view, Ryoji Ikeda, C⁴I 2004. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media