Acclaimed Japanese audio-visual artist to present large-scale installation and free concert at Carriageworks

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 01 April 2013.

Acclaimed Japanese audio-visual artist to present large-scale installation and free concert at Carriageworks image Acclaimed Japanese audio-visual artist to present large-scale installation and free concert at Carriageworks image

Carriageworks and ISEA2013 in association with Vivid Sydney to present Australian premiere of work by acclaimed Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks, ISEA2013 and Vivid Sydney will present the Australian premiere of a major work by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and audio-­‐visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, known for creating spectacular sound and visual environments. The work will feature as a key work in Vivid Sydney 2013, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest celebration of light, music and ideas.

Ikeda’s latest large-­‐scale installation, test pattern [N°5], will be premiered at Carriageworks, from 8 June until 1 July 2013, free. test pattern [N°5] is an audio-­‐visual installation that converts data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. The work creates an immersive experience of flickering black and white imagery and sound that pushes the threshold of human perception.

test pattern [N°5] is comprised of five projectors that illuminate a floor space some 28 metres long and eight metres wide. At Carriageworks visitors will be invited to enter into this immersive environment and be submerged in an extreme installation of projected and synchronized data and sound.

In 2011 Ikeda presented a major exhibition the transfinite of related work at The Park Avenue Armory, New York which was described by The New York Times as a ‘sublime spectacle’ and New York Magazine described Ikeda’s work as ‘an extreme and elaborate visual and sonic environment not to be missed.’

In addition to test pattern [N°5], Carriageworks and ISEA2013 will present a one-­‐night only, free concert by Ikeda on Friday 7 June 2013, at 8pm. Hosted at Carriageworks and entitled datamatics [ver.2.0] this is an updated version of Ikeda’s acclaimed audio-­‐visual concert which was first performed in San Jose in 2006.

Born in Japan, Ikeda lives and works in Paris, where he develops live performances and installations. Ikeda has performed and exhibited worldwide, to widespread critical acclaim, to audiences at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Barbican Centre, London, Grec Festival, Barcelona and the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Ikeda uses scale, light, shade, volume, shadow, electronic sounds, and rhythm to flood the senses. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, the artist conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite.