V≠L
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V≠L is a series of works inspired by discussions about mathematical definitions of infinity between Ikeda and Harvard number theorist Benedict Gross since 2008.

In set theory, V denotes the von Neumann universe and L denotes Godel's constructible universe. Their equality or inequality is a disputed point, and the position one chooses to take on whether V=L or V≠L reveals a great deal about one's philosophy of mathematics. If V≠L then not every set of numbers is constructible. The removal of this restriction allows for the inclusion of numbers that are almost beyond the limits of human comprehension. More than just a mathematical equation, this expression inspires contemplation of that which we cannot perceive, which can lead to a transcendent experience of the sublime.

photo: Ryuichi Maruo
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm each (total 10 pieces)
date | place
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials stainless steel etching, wooden plinth
dimensions W100 x H70 x D100cm
photo: Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
NOV 11 - DEC 25, 2010 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, Courtesy of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials stainless steel etching, wooden plinth
dimensions W100 x H70 x D100cm
date | place
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP
SEP 10 - OCT 16, 2010 French Institute Alliance Française, New York, US
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP
SEP 10 - OCT 16, 2010 French Institute Alliance Française, New York, US
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
NOV 11 - DEC 25, 2010 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
© Ryoji Ikeda

the transcendental is a series inspired by discussions with the Harvard number theorist Benedict Gross about mathematical definitions of infinity surrounding the philosophically challenging concept, V≠L, for Ikeda’s solo exhibition at Le Laboratoire in Paris 2008.

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.

In the transcendental [nº3], the infinite digits of a transcendental number are generated by a real-time computer programme and presented on a display. Visitors will experience a fragment of a transcendental number that knows no end. No two visitors will witness the same fragment, making each visitor’s experience an entirely unique glimpse at infinity’s threshold.

materials LED dislpay, computer, speaker, wooden panels
dimensions W40 x H70 x D40cm
date | place
APR 22 - JUN 13, 2010 “ARTe SONoro,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
SEP 10 - OCT 16, 2010 French Institute Alliance Française, New York, US
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama

photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, Courtesy of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, Courtesy of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
materials pigment print on paper, aluminum support
dimensions W100 x H100 x D10cm
date | place
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
materials framed 16mm film (binary codes of π, e, ø)
dimensions W925 x H58mm
date | place
NOV 11 - DEC 25, 2010 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, Courtesy of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, Courtesy of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
materials 16mm film (binary codes of π, e, ø), stainless steel
dimensions dimensions variable (W10000xH68xD68mm)
date | place
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
photo: Marc Domage
photo: Marc Domage
materials pigment print on paper, wood & steel support
dimensions W110 x H35 x D500m
date | place
OCT 11, 2008 - JAN 12, 2009 Le Laboratoire, Paris, FR
 

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
commissioned by Le Laboratoire, 2008

photo: Marc Domage
photo: Marc Domage
materials pigment print on paper, wood & steel support
dimensions W110 x H35 x D500m
date | place
OCT 11, 2008 - JAN 12, 2009 Le Laboratoire, Paris, FR
 

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
commissioned by Le Laboratoire, 2008

photo: Marc Domage
materials fluorescent lapms, wodden walls
dimensions dimensions variable
date | place
OCT 11, 2008 - JAN 12, 2009 Le Laboratoire, Paris, FR
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA
© Ryoji Ikeda
dimensions 22 x 16.5 x 1 cm
date | place
DEC 1, 2008 Éditions Xavier Barral, FR
credits

publication editors : Xavier Barral, Ryoji Ikeda, Caroline Naphegyi
authors : David Edwards, Caroline Naphegyi, Ryoji Ikeda, Benedict Gross, Andrei Rodin, Suelin Chen, Anne Picq
translation : Maurice Salem, jean-Yves Cotté, Caroline Taylor Bouché
copy editor : Marie-Claude Moure, Michèle Pierret
photo credit : Marc Domage
graphic design and production : Atalante-Paris / Elamine Maecha
photoengraving : Les Artisans du Regard
printing : Deux-Ponts, France

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