Ryoji Ikeda "The Transcendental”

French Institute Alliance Française

poster for Ryoji Ikeda "The Transcendental”

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Renowned artist/composer Ryoji Ikeda presents a special installation designed for the FIAF Gallery featuring computer-generated imagery and sound.

For this solo exhibition, Ikeda will show a selection of works inspired by discussions with Harvard number theorist Benedict Gross that preceded Ikeda’s groundbreaking 2008 exhibition, V≠L, at Le Laboratoire in Paris.

Works to be shown include:

the transcendental (e) [n°2-a] (2009)
/ the transcendental (e) [n°2-b] (2009)
Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
A transcendental number is mathematically infinite. In works inspired by this concept, a snapshot of millions of digits taken from a transcendental number is engraved onto a stainless steel panel or printed onto photographic paper.

the transcendental [n°3](2010)
Commissioned by La Casa Encendida
Concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
Programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama
Produced by Forma
The infinite digits of a transcendental number are generated by a real-time computer program and presented on a display. Visitors will experience a fragment of a number that knows no end. No two visitors will witness the same fragment, giving each visitor an entirely unique glimpse at infinity’s threshold.

This exhibition marks the first time these works will be shown together, in an installation designed specifically for Crossing the Line.

Ryoji Ikeda Bio
Japan's leading electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. His work exploits sound's physical property, its causality with human perception and mathematical dianoia as music, time and space. Using computer and digital technology to the utmost limit, Ikeda has been developing particular Microscopic methods for sound engineering and composition. Since 1995 he has been intensely active in sound art through concerts, installations and recordings: the albums +/- (1996), 0 degrees (1998), and Matrix (2000) have been hailed by critics as the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music. With Carsten Nicolai, he works the collaborative project cyclo., which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music, with audiovisual modules for real time sound visualization. The versatile range of his research is also demonstrated by the collaborations with choreographer William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballett, contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, architect Toyo Ito and artist collective Dumb Type, among others. Ryoji Ikeda received the Golden Nica prize at Prix Ars Electronica 2001 in the Digital Music category.



from September 11, 2010 to October 16, 2010


Ryoji Ikeda

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