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Ryoji Ikeda, Japan

(Detail) Video installation with multiple projectors, mirrors and 4-channel sound. data.spectra was commissioned by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Produced by forma. Supported by the Arts Council England and the Japan Foundation.

data.spectra is the first work of Ryoji Ikeda's data.series, a new series of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works. In data.spectra, an intensely bright, narrow screen spans the entire width of a darkened room. Upon moving closer, the light source is revealed to be a vast array of digits, streaming across the surface and seemingly without end. Using data as his thematic and material, Ikeda explores how abstracted views of reality - data - are used to encode, understand and frame the world.

Ryoji Ikeda (1966-)
Born in Gifu, Japan. Lives and works in New York, United States.

Ryoji Ikeda, Japan's leading electronic composer, focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. His work exploits sound's physical properties, and its interaction with human perception, time and space. Using computers and digital technologies to their utmost limit, Ikeda has been developing 'microscopic' methods for sound engineering and composition.

Since 1995 he has been active in sound art through concerts, sound installations and recordings: the albums +/- (1996), O°C (1998) and matrix (2000) have been hailed by critics as the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music.

Ikeda is working with Carsten Nicolai on the collaborative project cyclo., which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music, with audiovisual modules for real-time sound visualisation. The versatile range of Ikeda's research is also demonstrated by his collaborations with choreographer William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballett, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, architect Toyo Ito and artist collective Dumb Type, among others.

Ryoji Ikeda received the Golden Nica prize at Prix Ars Electronica 2001 in the Digital Music category.

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