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Ryoji Ikeda

The exhibition Ryoji Ikeda, on show at ers an insightful perspective on the radical work of Japanese audiovisual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The selection ranges from sculptural pieces such as data.scan (2009) and grid.system (nº1-A)(2012) to newly adapted versions of large-scale projections like the radar [3 WUXGA version A] (2012-2018) and data.tron [3 SXGA + version] (2009-2018), and includes two new audiovisual installations made specially by Ikeda for Eye.

Sound artist, electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda (born in Gifu in 1966) started in electronic music and now ranks as one of the pioneering artists who approach the fundamental elements of sound and image in a mathematical, physical and aesthetic manner. Ikeda’s career as an audiovisual artist transformed when he joined the multidisciplinary artist collective “dumb type” from Kyoto, which radically renewed theatre in the 1990s. By then, Ikeda had already defined the alphabet of his sonic language in the two fundamental elements of sound: the sine wave and white noise. Inspired by his experience with dumb type, Ikeda broadened his scope of work to encompass both sound and image. He applied a comparable reductionist approach in identifying the pixel as the elementary component of the image.

In his series “datamatics,” featuring data.tron [3 SXGA + version] (2009-2018) and data.scan(2009), both on show in the exhibition, Ikeda investigates how we can perceive and experience vast flows of data that go beyond our comprehension. Each pixel is determined by strict mathematical rules that are applied to the data sets that form the source material. The resulting works are not so much about the abstract data level but about representations of reality that we can generate with data. They are an ode to the scientific imagination and the enthralling exploration of uncharted worlds and aspects of reality that we can now access thanks to science. During his stay at CERN and Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2014-2015, Ikeda explored the world of particle physics and further refined his notion of (big) data. He examined dynamic data but defined his source material exclusively as static data: absolute facts, constant truths such as DNA code, galactic coordinates, or proteins, as in his spellbindingly immersive floor projection data.gram [n ° 1] (2018), which he developed specially for Eye. Here Ikeda also explores his interest in the micro-scale: identifying and isolating the smallest particle, the alphabet of all material. Also on show in the exhibition is 4’33” (2010), Ikeda’s celluloid homage to the iconic work of the American experimental composer John Cage. A framed and sliced strip of blank 16 mm film: the piece forms a conceptual introduction to Ikeda’s ongoing study of the contrast between the continuous and the discrete or discontinuous. In data.tron [3 SXGA + version], Ikeda explores his fascination for the concept of infinity and fundamental mathematical and philosophical questions. Is reality continuous or not? Is it continuous but can we do nothing but apply the modern scientific method of reducing it to elementary particles in order to understand it? The exhibition culminates with the second new piece specially made for the Eye exhibition: point of no return, which represents nothing but a black hole. A black circle is bordered by a clear white light. Shining from the other side is an extremely powerful lamp whose colour temperature approaches that of the sun on the projection screen. According to the general theory of relativity, a black hole in the universe swallows everything. Nothing can escape from it—no material, no information, not even light. There is no way back. In Ikeda’s own words: “This technically simple work is my most metaphysical to date.”

The exhibition is accompanied by films, talks and events in the cinemas at Eye.

On November 23, Ryoji Ikeda will perform a live audiovisual concert at Eye entitled datamatics [version 2.0]. In collaboration with Amsterdam Art Weekend and IDFA.

Ryoji Ikeda
Until December 2, 2018

EYE Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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Ryoji Ikeda

The exhibition Ryoji Ikeda, on show at ers an insightful perspective on the radical work of Japanese audiovisual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The selection ranges from sculptural pieces such as data.scan (2009) and grid.system (nº1-A)(2012) to newly adapted versions of large-scale projections like the radar [3 WUXGA version A] (2012-2018) and data.tron [3 SXGA + version] (2009-2018), and includes two new audiovisual installations made specially by Ikeda for Eye.

Sound artist, electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda (born in Gifu in 1966) started in electronic music and now ranks as one of the pioneering artists who approach the fundamental elements of sound and image in a mathematical, physical and aesthetic manner. Ikeda’s career as an audiovisual artist transformed when he joined the multidisciplinary artist collective “dumb type” from Kyoto, which radically renewed theatre in the 1990s. By then, Ikeda had already defined the alphabet of his sonic language in the two fundamental elements of sound: the sine wave and white noise. Inspired by his experience with dumb type, Ikeda broadened his scope of work to encompass both sound and image. He applied a comparable reductionist approach in identifying the pixel as the elementary component of the image.

In his series “datamatics,” featuring data.tron [3 SXGA + version] (2009-2018) and data.scan(2009), both on show in the exhibition, Ikeda investigates how we can perceive and experience vast flows of data that go beyond our comprehension. Each pixel is determined by strict mathematical rules that are applied to the data sets that form the source material. The resulting works are not so much about the abstract data level but about representations of reality that we can generate with data. They are an ode to the scientific imagination and the enthralling exploration of uncharted worlds and aspects of reality that we can now access thanks to science. During his stay at CERN and Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2014-2015, Ikeda explored the world of particle physics and further refined his notion of (big) data. He examined dynamic data but defined his source material exclusively as static data: absolute facts, constant truths such as DNA code, galactic coordinates, or proteins, as in his spellbindingly immersive floor projection data.gram [n ° 1] (2018), which he developed specially for Eye. Here Ikeda also explores his interest in the micro-scale: identifying and isolating the smallest particle, the alphabet of all material. Also on show in the exhibition is 4’33” (2010), Ikeda’s celluloid homage to the iconic work of the American experimental composer John Cage. A framed and sliced strip of blank 16 mm film: the piece forms a conceptual introduction to Ikeda’s ongoing study of the contrast between the continuous and the discrete or discontinuous. In data.tron [3 SXGA + version], Ikeda explores his fascination for the concept of infinity and fundamental mathematical and philosophical questions. Is reality continuous or not? Is it continuous but can we do nothing but apply the modern scientific method of reducing it to elementary particles in order to understand it? The exhibition culminates with the second new piece specially made for the Eye exhibition: point of no return, which represents nothing but a black hole. A black circle is bordered by a clear white light. Shining from the other side is an extremely powerful lamp whose colour temperature approaches that of the sun on the projection screen. According to the general theory of relativity, a black hole in the universe swallows everything. Nothing can escape from it—no material, no information, not even light. There is no way back. In Ikeda’s own words: “This technically simple work is my most metaphysical to date.”

The exhibition is accompanied by films, talks and events in the cinemas at Eye.

On November 23, Ryoji Ikeda will perform a live audiovisual concert at Eye entitled datamatics [version 2.0]. In collaboration with Amsterdam Art Weekend and IDFA.

Ryoji Ikeda
Until December 2, 2018

EYE Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Image: Ryoji Ikeda photo by Ryuichi Maruo

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Claire Harvey. By the way

5 September–17 October 2015

Opening: Saturday 5 September, 5–7pm

Galerie Fons Welters
Bloemstraat 140
1016 LJ Amsterdam

T +31 20 423 30 46
mail@fonswelters.nl

www.fonswelters.nl

Claire Harvey is known for painting figures from photographs, photographing painted figures in-situ, painting figures on glass, acetate, post-it notes, Scotch tape, and directly on the gallery wall, while incorporating every last fixture and edge of material in a prismatic interplay between image and object. Her layers of sculpture, photography, acetate, oils, and site specific installations are collages of material that the figure both pins to the surface and, like an intricate key, unlocks a landscape beyond their literal, physical firmament. Rather than forcing us to flip flop between looking with the left and right brain, Harvey’s artful compositions elegantly balance the real and illusory, evoking a curious quality throughout her work, the simultaneous suspension of disbelief and belief.

The By the Way postcards that greet the visitor provide a perfect introduction to the layers of surface, image and object in Harvey’s work. The views from planes, trains, and buildings provide a makeshift easel in which a figure, pre-painted on acetate, is inserted into the scene. We travel with unnatural ease through the regulated material of the postcard, passed the surface of the picture plane, through the camera’s lens, the figure’s acetate, and out the window frame. It is only by adopting the figure along the way, and transposing our perspective can we transform the photograph into something more akin to a painting. As we collapse every surface back into the ink and coated pulp of the postcard, the figure remains, unfolding an entirely new re-imagined dream-like space.

Sticky water, on the far side of the main gallery, presents us with a constellation of figures, painted on small strips of Scotch tape, stuck and spread across much of the wall. Given the title, one can’t help but think of raindrops as their sheen catches the light when entering the space, yet, upon closer inspection, every character is painted as if half submerged in water and placed as if receding into the distance. Beyond the surface of the wall, beyond even the white void through which they wade, these isolated figures create an entirely imaginary perspective plane into which they collectively navigate, as if drawn by a current towards an unknown vanishing point. Whatever your views on the world’s future with water, Harvey has created a wonderfully inviting metaphor for a multitude of interpretations, a great yet weightless Ark for individuals and ideologies alike.Continue Reading..