Ryoji Ikeda Brings His Digital Art to Montreal
The digital age has spawned numerous new forms of media and art. In the case of Paris by way of Gifu, Japan artist Ryoji Ikeda, the achievements made in sound have given him an outlet to create a mountain of mind-bending pieces stemming from his creative usage of 1s and 0s. His soundscapes are what one could imagine robots from the future would listen to in their spare time, his work stretching into epic pieces consisting of digital clicks and waves of electronic automation. His work doesn't stop in audio however — his visuals often describes his sound pieces through mathematics, re-producing the accompanying sine waves, sound pulses, pixels and numerical data.
On June 14, Ikeda will finally be bringing his fascinating work to North America with an ongoing exhibition of his works at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal, which will be splitting a selection of his work into its two buildings. In the main space will be Ikeda's framed works, light boxes, sculptural works and works on paper. Over in the satellite space will be his audiovisual projects which will be configured to play out as one whole, all stemming from his Datamatics series.
Ikeda has a fairly unprecedented style which will be a most exciting addition to DHC/ART's repertoire. Anyone looking to see the future of sound and digitalism will benefit greatly from a visit to Ikeda's installation which will be blipping and blopping in Canada until November 18.
Image: Ryoji Ikeda, "data.matrix [nº1-10]"