datamatics ver.2.0

Ryoji Ikeda

Mon 18 Apr 2011

Barbican Hall

Ryoji Ikeda datamatics [ver.2.0] is the latest audiovisual concert in Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished 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.

Artist Profile

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda, creates works in which music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods, exploring sound as sensation, pulling apart its physical properties to reveal its relationship with human perception.

Ikeda has performed at many of the world’s leading festivals and venues including most recently, Sónar, Barcelona (2010); Barbican, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, both London (2006).

‘Translated into a series of schematic representations, (the visuals) are often reminiscent of constellations or some kind of galactic space. Exploring again the infinitesimal possibilities of numbers – like stars in the universe – Ikeda reveals everyday experiences as coded. Life itself is reduced to binary information.’ INTO Magazine, November 2009

Performance time: 19:30

Directed by Ryoji Ikeda
Concept, composition by Ryoji Ikeda
Computer graphics, programming by Shohei Matsukawa,Daisuke Tsunoda, Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa

Produced by Forma
Co–commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006
Co–produced by Les Spectacles Vivants, Centre Pompidou, and YCAM
Supported by Recombinant Media Labs

18 Apr 11/19.30/Barbican Hall

This performance features high volume and strobe lighting

Photo credit: Ryoji Ikeda