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“On-screen data-streams, an unremitting flow of zeros and ones, created a witty and mesmerising effect and coalesced with the sound to justify claims of synaesthesia … datamatics showed Ikeda at the height of his powers, building on his own unique and unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics is a performance work by Ryoji Ikeda that combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

Ryoji Ikeda's datamatics series is an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. Projecting dynamic, computer-generated imagery - in paired down black and white with striking colour accents, Ikeda's intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions. From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic, rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst the final scenes add a further dimension as four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas.

A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces. 


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Ryoji Ikeda
2006

“On-screen data-streams, an unremitting flow of zeros and ones, created a witty and mesmerising effect and coalesced with the sound to justify claims of synaesthesia … datamatics showed Ikeda at the height of his powers, building on his own unique and unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics is a performance work by Ryoji Ikeda that combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

Ryoji Ikeda's datamatics series is an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. Projecting dynamic, computer-generated imagery - in paired down black and white with striking colour accents, Ikeda's intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions. From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic, rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst the final scenes add a further dimension as four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas.

A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces. 

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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

2012

WWW, Tokyo, Japan 
Kyoto Experiment 2012, Kyoto, Japan
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
Teatro 25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
MONA, Tasmania, Australia

2011

Melos-Ethos Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
Electron festival, Geneva, Switzerland
SPILL Festival, Barbican, London, UK
MaerzMusik Festival, Berlin, Germany 
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
PuSh Festival, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada

2010

Teatro Della Pergola, Florence, Italy
French Institute Alliance Française, New York, USA
Second Nature, Aix-en-Provence, France
Concertbouw Brugge, Bruges, Belgium
Biennale Musiques en Scene, Lyon, France

2009

Pompidou Metz, Metz, France
Grec 09, Barcelona, Spain
ON-OFF Experiences in Live Image, Itaú Cultural, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Cinema Massimo, Turin, Italy
Superstudio Più Central Point, Milan, Italy

 

2008

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan
AI Hall, Itami, Osaka, Japan
Yebisu Garden Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Auditorium Melotti, Rovereto Festival, Italy
International Symposium: Architectures for Music | Palau Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
Théâtre Nono, Marseille Festival, France
Jazz à Luz, Luz St Sauveur, France
Notte Digitale, Romeuropa Festival, Rome, Italy
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
PAF - Festival of Animated Film, Kino Metropol, Olomouc, Czech Republic

2007

Territorios Sevilla 2007, Escenario Tres Culturas, Seville, Spain
Videoex 2007, Zurich, Switzerland
Usine-C, Festival Elektra 8, Montréal, Canada
Teatro Out Off, Milan, Italy
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
DEAF, Rotterdam, Netherlands
LiFE, St Nazaire, France

2006

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, California, USA
California Theater, San Jose, California, USA
Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tokyo International Forum Hall C, Tokyo, Japan
Tate Modern, London, UK
TDK Time Warp, Mannheim, Germany
AV Festival, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK

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