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Ryoji Ikeda

15 October — 8 November 2009

Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE

How many points are there in a line?
What is the number of numbers? How can we verify that the random is random?

Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist, Ryoji Ikeda is interested in the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential qualities of sound. For Ikon he continues his exploration of the infinity of data between 0 and 1, an abstraction of reality that challenges our perception of the codes present in everyday life. The large-scale audiovisual installation data.tron (2007–2009) immerses the viewer in a projection of row upon row of numbers, a sea of ever-changing streams of numerical data. Each single pixel is strictly calculated, shaped by a combination of pure mathematics and the immense quantity of information available in today’s world.

Ikon also presented an audiovisual performance of Ikeda’s composition datamatics [ver. 2.0] hosted by BCMG.