Friday, June 17, 2011

The Binary Art of Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda thinks there's pure beauty in math. Something about zeros and ones puts this Japanese artist in a creative mood. Known as Japan's leading electronic composer who works across visual and "sonic" media, Ikeda's installation Ryoji Ikeda: The Transfinite, ran at the Park Avenue Armory from May 20 until June 11.

The cavernous armory was the perfect place to house Ikeda's project, which the artist describes as an exploration of the polarizations between "the beautiful and the sublime, music and mathematics, performance and installation, composer and visual artist, black and white, 0s and 1s."

There are two halves to Ikeda's installation. The front (the two pictures above) is "an exploration of dynamism," according to Kristy Edmunds, the consulting artistic director. The back of the wall is pure mathematical code.

These are the binary codes that are a constant part of our everyday lives, yet few of us ever think about them. Ikeda uses these codes to create different patterns set to light and music (well, the "music" was really tones and digital noise).

There were also several pods set up with the codes running through them, a sort of mini-transfinite installation.

Some of the data shown in the pods have an organic feel to them.

Visitors were allowed to interact freely with both sides of the installation. People took pictures and recorded video of the changing scenes.

Still pictures are cool, but they don't do The Transfinite justice, as it's both a visually and aurally stimulating work. Here are a few snippets of the installation to give you a taste of the sights and sounds of Ryoji Ikeda.

1 comment:

lisander martínez said...

すごい!!I also went to this installation and felt amazed by it. It's difficult not to stay for a while and experience it in different angles an positions. Ikeda usually does this kind of things but I think this might be the first time such a big installation is created.