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datamatics

Ryoji Ikeda

The infinite between 0 and 1
Challenging the limits of perception of the data micro-/macrocosm

By pursuing the physical characteristics of sound and light, and the various conditions surrounding the perception of things like time and space to the extreme, Ryoji Ikeda has been breaking new ground in human sensory experience. At this exhibition he introduced new versions of two of his projects, each in the form of an installations and concert piece. "datamatics" is all about exploring possible ways of perceiving invisible yet variously material data, while "test pattern", based on a system for converting all kinds of data into barcodes and binary data, examines the relationship between the performance limitations of playback devices such as displays and speakers, and the thresholds of human perception.
These works explore possibilities of gaining abstract pictures of reality from the position of data, and highlight the limits of perception of data that exist macroscopically yet at once microcosmically in our world.
Date
Marchi 1, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Place
Studio A, Studio B
Special Site
http://datamatics.ycam.jp/
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Works

data.tron (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

The vast and whelming universe of "data"

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data.tron (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

The vast and whelming universe of "data"

This audio-visual installation is dominated by the contrast of delicate sound and images generated by a combination of large amounts of data and pure mathematics.
Images that have been strictly composed pixel by pixel based on complex high-speed calculations are projected onto a giant screen, where they entail a three-dimensional experience beyond representational level in the form of movements of pure light. Furthermore, sound sculpted precisely as if monitoring these images creates an additional sense of tension in the exhibition space, and encourages the viewer's total immersion in the work.
Credit
Computer graphics: Shohei Matsukawa

Produced by: Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Forma

data.film [nº1-a] (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

Macroscopic experience and miscroscopic cognition of the presence of "data"

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data.film [nº1-a] (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

Macroscopic experience and miscroscopic cognition of the presence of "data"

This installation elaborately pursued the limits of material reproduction of 35mm film.
Vast amounts of purely digital data based on strict mathematics are elaborately printed on an extremely miscoscopic scale on a 10-meter-long strip of 35mm film mounted onto a high-intensity LED light box, resulting in the peculiar proportions of a horizontal line of light. While experiencing in this work the flood of data in a macroscopic way, upon closer inspection the viewer can perceive this overwhelming macrocosm on a microscopic level.
Credit
Computer graphics: Shohei Matsukawa
Light box design: Shohei Matsukawa
35mm film development and print: Color by Dejonghe NV

Produced by: Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Forma

test pattern [nº1] (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

Testing the capacities of playback devices and human senses

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test pattern [nº1] (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

Testing the capacities of playback devices and human senses

This audio-visual installation consists of visual patterns created/converted from sound in real-time.
In the completely darkened venue, 8 monitors and 16 speakers are arranged in a straight line. The sound that is audible from the speakers cuts sharply through the exhibition space, and is instantly and continuously translated into pattern images of orderly black and white lines. Synchronized with the sounds from the speakers, the images on the monitors keep transforming in a vivid manner at a speed of several hundred frames per second.
These sounds and images demand output testing of the playback devices that make up the installation, and function at once as signals that suggest the viewer to test his own senses.
Credit
Software development: Tomonaga Tokuyama

datamatics [ver2.0] (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

A thorough investigation into the tense relationship between form, representation and recognition

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datamatics [ver2.0] (Japan Premiere)

Ryoji Ikeda

A thorough investigation into the tense relationship between form, representation and recognition

This new version was announced as part two of the concert piece "datamatics [ver.1.0]" that was first presented in 2006.
In addition to acoustic and optical parts from the previous version, this one features various original elements including source codes, all of which are deconstructed in an evenhanded fashion. While executing again the original work's fundamentals, this new part stands on its own as a "meta" sort of addition to the "datamatics" project. With extremely high frame rates and changing bit depths characterizing the work's technical dynamics in sound and vision, Ikeda continues to challenge the thresholds of our perception.
Credit
Computer graphics: Shohei Matsukawa, Daisuke Tsunoda, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama
Programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Daisuke Tsunoda, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama

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

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Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City

Grants from:

  • The Asahi Shimbun Foundation
  • The Agency for Cultural Affairs

Corporate sponsors:

  • Mix Wave, Inc

Cooperation:

  • Le Fresnoy, the National Studio for Contemporary Arts
  • Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Forma

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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