photographer: Franz Wamhof
In his work, Ryoji Ikeda refers to the reference systems of science and technology. He is preoccupied with astronomical, electromagnetic and quantum physical phenomena, and uses scientific tools. In the radar [bad rothenfelde], he shows data, radar images and the cartography of the universe, accompanied by electronic noise and the beeping of a radar unit. Thus, he enables us to experience the boundary of the "observable universe" that, in relation to natural human perception, is immeasurably far away.
25-multi-channel video projection, 08:22 min
Composed and directed by Ryoji Ikeda | Programming and computer graphics by Tomonaga Tokuyama | © Ryoji Ikeda 2015
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CDs such as cyclo (2000–), a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, spectra (2001–), datamatics (2006–), test pattern (2008–) and superposition (2012–). He performs and exhibits worldwide at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Singapore Art Museum, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Elektra Festival, Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals, Barcelona, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Park Avenue Armory, New York, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, DHC/Art, Montreal, Sharjah Biennale, Carriageworks, Sydney, Auckland Triennale, MONA, Hobart, Ruhrtriennale, Telefonica Foundation, Madrid, and MoMA, New York.
Since 2012, he has been touring his new performance superposition in major venues such as ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Centre Pompidou,Festival d’Automne, Paris (2012), Barbican Centre, London, Kyoto Experiment (2013), Metropolitan Museum, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, UMS Ann Arbor and Center for the Arts of Performance, Los Angeles (2014), Carriageworks, Sydney, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, and Contemporary Music Festival, Buenos Aires (2015).
His large-scale light and sound installation spectra was recently presented in Hobart, Sharjah and London as part of First World War Centenary Art Commissions. In October 2014, his work test pattern [times square] was shown on all digital displays across New York Times Square for three minutes before midnight every night.
Recent solo exhibitions include YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media), Le lieu Unique, Nantes, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Haus für Elektronische Kunst, Basel (2014). In 2015, he presents solo exhibitions in The Vinyl Factory London, ZKM | Karlsruhe and Kumu Museum Tallinn among others.
He is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014. His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005), test pattern (2008) and supercodex (2013) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor-sharp techniques and aesthetics. Ikeda lives and works in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan.