Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself, incorporating light-based visuals by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

Ikeda's albums such as +/- (1996); matrix (2000); and test pattern (2008) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through razor-sharp technique and aesthetics. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as 'datamatics' (2006-), 'test pattern' (2008-), 'spectra' (2001-), ‘cyclo’ a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, and ‘superposition’ (2012-).

Ikeda has performed and exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Carriageworks, Sydney; Barbican Centre, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Telefonica Foundation, Madrid; Frac Franche- Comté, Besançon; and Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo. His works have been presented at numerous festivals, biennales and triennales around the world, including at Electra Festival, Montreal; SRTP Festival Eindhoven, Sharjah Biennale 11; Auckland Triennale; Dark Mofo Festival, Hobart; Festival de Marseille, Ruhrtriennale, Duisburg; and Kyoto Experiment Festival.

Exhibitions

2013
datamatics, curated by Benjamin Weil
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, ES
2012
Ryoji Ikeda, curated by John Zeppetelli
DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
2012
db, curated by Ingrid Buschmann and Gabriele Knapstein
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, DE
2011
datamatics, curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra
Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO
2011
The Transfinite, curated by Kristy Edmunds
Park Avenue Armory, New York, US
2010
data.tron [8K enhanced version]
Ars Electronica Center, Linz, AT
2010
Ryoki Ikeda
Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
2010
Test Pattern [nº3]
Théâtre de Gennevilliers, FR
2010
The Transcendental
French Institute Alliance Française, New York, US
2010
Spectra [Barcelona]
Grec Barcelona Festival and Sonár, Barcelona, ES
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