The crucial figure of the world's minimalism – a Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda will present a ravishing audiovisual performance datamatics [ver.2.0].
The live performance involves a stroboscopic effect and also the raised level of sound – be aware of that before entering the room where audiovisual project datamatics [2.0] of the japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda is located. He may be the most radical electronic minimalist of the current era.
Being an economics graduate, Ikeda aimed, in the first half of the 90s, to become a composer and visual artist. His material along with the main topic of his works is data. Only a glance at the titles of his recordings, released mainly by german label Raster-Noton (founder of the label and Ikeda´s co-worker is Carsten Nicolai aka audiovisual artist Alva Noto), says it all: +- (1996), 0 degrees (1998), Matrix (2000), Dataplex (2005), Test Pattern (2008). His long-running live audiovisual projects – formula, C41, datamatics and the highly praised installments matrix, data.tron, spectra – test the limits of digital technologies. Data streams, their deviations, frequencies, loops, repetitions of errors analyzed and applied in detail are great sources for manipulation of picture and sound. The result can go from disturbing and teasing to ambient states.
Even though the sound visualisations are executed in real-time, there is no trace of improvisation in Ikeda's work. The system he generates is thought through to the last possible detail. Live performances are ingeniously remade and data streams floating around us are decoded like oxygen.
It is the knowing interpretation of data as an aesthetic manifestation of the artist that draws the attention of people coming from the fields of art and science. Ikeda presents data as an organic and all-pervasive material, undoubtedly transforming human individuality as well as the world, and he iniciates us to its structure and image-sound rule-breaking visions. Last but not least this is a must for every fan of electronic music, glitch, white noise and other sound and optical fusions based on laptop technology.
Extensive project datamatics supervised by progressive British production company Forma consists of moving pictures, sculptures, light installments and sound media. Live performance in Metropol cinema in Olomouc is divided into two parts and promises to be a very thrilling experience.
Ryoji Ikeda (1966) is one of the most internationally acclaimed music composers and visual artists. His projects and installations are presented in galleries all around the world (e.g. Centre Pompidou Paris,Tate Modern London, Electra Montreal). Ikeda was also awarded the most prestigious prize in the field of digital music and sound design – Prix Ars Electronica, in Linz, Austria.