Visual artist Ryoji Ikeda’s experimental exhibition opens in London
Experimental electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda presents the largest exhibition of his work in Europe at 180 The Strand in London.
In partnership with The Vinyl Factory and Fact Magazine and in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, the exhibition creates a sensorially immersive audiovisual experience – transforming the space into an underground landscape through the influences of the Japanese artist of Tokyo nightclubs. mathematical data and astronomical black holes.
âThe whole exhibit is based largely on physical experience, not just intellectual content,â Ikeda explained. âIt starts with works that give intense and very simple experiences, then the works get complicated, like data-oriented digital projections.â
The exhibition will feature previously unseen works of art from Ikeda, including the data verse trilogy, a three-part piece that combines bright kinetic lights, visceral patterns charging at high frequencies, and a constant soothing acoustic sound. The work aims to offer viewers a moment of reflection on the data universe in which we live.
Otherwise, the exhibition will feature an updated version of Test pattern – which converts text, sounds, photos and movies to barcodes and binary patterns – and A (continuum) – a sound installation that features six colossal loudspeakers stacked to represent a minimalist sculpture.
âWhat you hear, what you feel – that’s it, whether you’re going to a concert or listening to a recording. Music is beautiful because we can’t see it and we can’t touch it, but everyone knows that. You don’t need to explain it; you don’t need any special tools to figure it out. You can make sense of it on your own, âsaid the artist. “It’s the same approach that I take with my installations.”
The Vinyl Factory x Fact Ryoji Ikeda exhibition is on view at 180 The Strand from May 20 to August 1, 2021. Book tickets here.