Ryoji Ikeda, c4i & data.matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ryoji Ikeda, c4i & data.matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ryoji Ikeda, c4i & data.matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ryoji Ikeda, c4i, 2006. Courtesy of the artist

Ryoji Ikeda, c4i, 2006. Courtesy of the artist

AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of Ikeda’s new work data.matrix (working title) subsequently renamed datamatics. Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work. It is part of Ikeda’s datamatics series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

Projecting dynamic, computer–generated imagery – in pared down black and white with striking colour accents, Ikeda’s intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions. From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic, rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst the final scenes add a further dimension as four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas. A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces.

Following its premiere at AV Festival 06, datamatics toured to Tate Modern, London, 2006; Tokyo International Forum 2006; Sonar, Barcelona‚ 2006; Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2006; ZeroOne San Jose, 2006 and Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, 2006.

Biography
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. He has exhibited and performed internationally, collaborated with Carsten Nicolai, William Forsythe and Hiroshi Sugimoto amongst others and his work matrix — hailed by critics as one of the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music — won the Golden Nica Award in 2001. His live performances and installations have been presented at venues including: Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Centre Pompidou, Paris. His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998) and matrix (2000) are considered to have pioneered the new minimal world of electronic music. 

Credit
datamatics is co-commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose and ISEA 2006. Produced by Forma. World Premiere.

C4i is commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Japan, 2004. Produced by Forma.

Ryoji Ikeda: data.matrix & C4i

£12/£6

Fri 3 March 2006, 7.30–9pm

The Sage Gateshead

St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays
Gateshead NE8 2JR
thesagegateshead.org