Ryoji Ikeda

datamatics [ver.2.0]

datamatics [ver.2.0]
Perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world

Saturday, February 1st 2014 
HARPA | Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center 
Silfurberg Room 

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. datamatics is the second audiovisual concert in Ryoji Ikeda’sdatamatics series.

Projecting dynamic, computer-generated imagery – in pared 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. datamatics, alongside the recently released and critically acclaimed dataplex album, marks a significant and exciting progression in Ikeda’s work.

Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda
1966 | Gilfu · Japan 

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist RyojiIkeda 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 which explore one's potentials to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world.

Currently based in Paris, France.