datamatics
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datamatics is an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. It is a series of experiments in various forms - audiovisual concerts, installations, publications and CD releases - that seek to materialise pure data.

photo: Ryuichi Maruo, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media [YCAM]
© Ryoji Ikeda

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space. datamatics is the second audiovisual concert in the datamatics series. Projecting dynamic computer-generated imagery in pared down black and white with striking colour accents, the intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions. From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst in the final scenes four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas. A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces.

datamatics [ver 2.0] is the full–length version of this audiovisual concert. With a commissioned second part added, datamatics [ver.2.0] is significantly developed from the earlier version of this piece which premiered in March 2006. Driven by the primary principles of datamatics, but objectively deconstructing its original elements – sound, visuals and even source codes – this work creates a kind of meta–datamatics. Real–time program computations and data scanning are employed to create an extended new sequence that is a further abstraction of the original work. The technical dynamics of the piece, such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue to challenge and explore the thresholds of our perceptions.

credits

directed by Ryoji Ikeda
concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda

[prototype-ver.1.0]
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Daisuke Tsunoda, Tomonaga Tokuyama

[ver.2.0]
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama
tour technical director: Kamal Ackarie
co-commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006, 2006

co-produced by Les Spectacles vivants, Centre Pompidou, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), 2008
supported by Recombinant Media Labs
produced by Forma

photo: Fernando Maquieira, courtesy of Espacio Fundación Telefónica
photo: Fernando Maquieira, courtesy of Espacio Fundación Telefónica
photo: Fernando Maquieira, courtesy of Espacio Fundación Telefónica
photo: Fernando Maquieira, courtesy of Espacio Fundación Telefónica

materials 7 DLP projectors, computers, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W2.5 x H3.5 x D22.0 m)
date | place
SEP 28, 2013 - JAN 5, 2014 Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, ES
credits

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

photo: James Ewing, courtesy of Forma
materials DLP projector, computer, speakers
dimensions W18.0 x H13.5 m (video projection throw distance: D30.0 m)
date | place
MAY 20 - JUN 11, 2011 Park Avenue Armory, New York, US
credits

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

photo: Liz Hingley
photo: Liz Hingley
photo: Liz Hingley

data.tron [8K enhanced version] is an enhanced version of the audiovisual installation data.tron. Each single pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. In this version visitors are literally immersed in the work, as data is seamlessly projected onto the gallery wall and floor from eight sources.

materials 8 DLP projectors, computers, 9.2ch sound system
dimensions W16.0 x H9.0 x D9.0 m
date | place
JAN 1, 2009 - DEC 31, 2010 Deep Space Venue, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, AT
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama
commissioned by Ars Electronica, 2008-09

photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials 3 DLP projectors, computers, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W24.0 x H6.0 x D12.0 m)
date | place
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
FEB 3-7, 2010 "Transmediale", Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin, DE
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Univversidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)
JUN 20, 2013 - APR 24, 2014 "The Red Queen", Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tasmania, AU
JUL 12, 2013 - SEP 8, 2014 Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, US
credits

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

photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
materials DLP projector, computer, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable
date | place
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA (curated by John Zeppetelli)
DEC 3, 2015 - FEB 28, 2016 "Big Bang Data", Somerset House, London, UK
MAY 21 - OCT 16, 2016 "Big Bang Data", Singapore Art Science Museum, Singapore
credits

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

photo: Ryuichi Maruo, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media [YCAM]
photo: Ryuichi Maruo, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media [YCAM]

How many points are there in a line?
What is the number of numbers?
How can we verify that the random is random?

data.tron is part of the datamatics project, a series of experiments that explore such questions both physically and mathematically. Visitors will experience the vast universe of data in the infinite between 0 and 1.

data.tron is an audiovisual installation in which each single pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. These images are projected onto a large screen, heightening and intensifying the visitor's perception and total immersion within the work.

materials DLP projector, computer, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W8.0 x H6.0 m)
date | place
DEC 25, 2007 - JUN 20, 2008 "Beautiful New World", Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN (curated by Fumihiko Sumitomo)
MAR 1-25, 2008 Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), JP (curated by Kazunao Abe)
MAR 16 - MAY 25, 2008 "PLACE@SPACE", Arts Center Z33, Hasselt, BE
JUL 11 - AUG 15, 2008 MIC Toi Rerehiko, Media and Interdisciplinary Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
DEC 18-31, 2008 "Dans la Nuit des Images", Grand Palais, Paris, FR (curated by Alain Fleischer)
SEP 26 - DEC 13, 2009 Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, CA
OCT 15 - NOV 8, 2009 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
NOV 11 - DEC 25, 2010 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
FEB 17 - JUN 14, 2015 SCAD Museum of ART, Savannah, US
MAY 19 - OCT 30, 2016 The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, CA
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa
co-produced by Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains and Forma, 2007

photo: Leo van Kampen, courtesy of Vleeshal
materials DLP projector, computer, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (W8.0 x H6.0 m)
date | place
JUN 1 - JUL 15, 2007 "Panorama 8", Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, FR (curated by Dominique Paini)
JUN 30 - SEP 9, 2007 De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
AUG 11 - OCT 7, 2007 "Zone V2", Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, TW
SEP 24 - OCT 22, 2007 "Beautiful New World", Inter Art Centre, Beijing, CN (curated by Fumihiko Sumitomo)
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa
co-produced by Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains and Forma, 2007

photo: Marcos Morilla, courtesy of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
photo: Marcos Morilla, courtesy of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
materials 5 DLP projectors, computers, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W7.0 x H9.0 x D30.0 m)
date | place
MAR 2, 2012 - JAN 21, 2013 LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, ES
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concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer re-programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama
original computer programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama

photo: Keizo Kioku, courtesy of Dojima River Forum
photo: Keizo Kioku, courtesy of Dojima River Forum
materials 3 DLP projectors, computers, speakers
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W10 x H12 x D22.5 m)
date | place
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)
JUL 25 - AUG 30, 2015 "Dojima River Biennale 2015", Dojima River Forum, Osaka, JP (curated by Tom Trevor)
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer re-programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa
original computer programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama

photo: Ryuichi Maruo
photo: Ryuichi Maruo
materials 10 DLP projectors, computers, speakers, wooden plinths
dimensions dimensions variable (suggested: W27.0 x H6.0 x D8.0 m)
date | place
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
FEB 25 - MAR 28, 2010 "Trans-Cool TOKYO", Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, TH (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
APR 12-21, 2010 "Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid", Madrid, ES
NOV 19, 2010 - JAN 17, 2011 "Trans-Cool TOKYO", Singapore Art Museum, SG (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
NOV 26 - DEC 4, 2010 "Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid", Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA (curated by John Zeppetelli)
SEP 11 - NOV 4, 2012 "Mediacity Seoul 2012", Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul, KR
OCT 27, 2012 - FEB 3, 2013 "Art & Music – Search for New Synesthesia", exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP
JUN 20, 2013 - APR 24, 2014 "The Red Queen", Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tasmania, AU
OCT 16, 2015 - JAN 10, 2016 Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, ES
MAR 11 - MAY 22, 2016 "Digital Archives", Kunstverein Hannover, DE
SEP 23 - DEC 31, 2016 Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, US
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama

photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
materials LED 27inch displays, computers, speakers, wooden panels
dimensions W40.0 x H70.0 x D65.0 cm (each)
date | place
MAY 20 - JUN 11, 2011 Park Avenue Armory, New York, US
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)
JUN 14 - NOV 18, 2012 DHC/ART, Montréal, CA (curated by John Zeppetelli)
FEB 1 - MAR 10, 2013 MU and STRP Biennale, Eindhoven, NL
OCT 16, 2015 - JAN 10, 2016 Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, ES
 
data.scan [nº5]
MAY 17-20, 2012 Hong Kong Art Fair, CN
 
data.scan [nº6]
NOV 1 - DEC 21, 2013 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
credits

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

photo: Scott Massey, courtesy of Surrey Art Gallery

data.scan presents an audio-visual relationship relating to large sets of data from two recent meta-scientific investigations that have mapped the human body and the astronomical universe. The horizontal monitor-based data.scan is registered intimately in relation to the viewer’s body. The dialogue of sound and image in data.scan addresses notions of randomness, extremities of scale, and binaries of the visible/audible and invisible/inaudible.

materials LED 24inch display, computer, speaker, wooden panels
dimensions W38.5 x H70.0 x D57.5 cm
date | place
SEP 26 - DEC 13, 2009 Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, CA
DEC 8 - APR 11, 2009 "Decode: Digital Design Sensations", Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
JUN 2 - JUL 11, 2010 "Seconde Nature", Fondation Vasarely, Aix en Provence, FR
OCT 19 - NOV 21, 2010 "Decode: Digital Design Sensations", Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, CN
SEP 22 - NOV 27, 2011 "DATA/FIELDS", Artisphere, Arlington, US (curated by Richard Chartier)
NOV 18 - MAR 10, 2011 "Decode: Digital Design Sensations", Design Museum, Holon, IL
APR 26 - SEP 1, 2013 "Datascape", Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, TK (curated by Benjamin Weil)
OCT 2, 2014 - JAN 11, 2015 "Logical Emotion - Contemporary Art From Japan", Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, CH
FEB 13 - APR 26, 2015 "Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art From Japan", Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, MOCAK
FEB 17 - JUN 14, 2015 SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, US
MAY 22 - JUL 26, 2015 "Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art From Japan", Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale), DE
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama

photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
materials 35mm microfilm, LED bulbs, wooden panels, acrylic panels
dimensions W805.5 × H70.0 × D17.5 cm
date | place
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)
photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
materials 35mm microfilm, LED bulbs, wooden panels, acrylic panels
dimensions W805.5 × H70.0 × D17.5 cm
date | place
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)
photo: Ryuichi Maruo, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media [YCAM]
photo: Ryuichi Maruo, courtesy of Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media [YCAM]

A sculptural wall installation, data.film consists of a series of 35mm film mounted in a light box. The image on the film is constructed from microscopically printed data codes and patterns from pure digital sources, while the unusual proportions of the light box (4 cm high, 10 metres wide, 4 cm deep) create a long, narrow strip of film. Only upon close examination by the viewer can the film and its contents be recognised.

materials 35mm film, LEDs, aluminum panels, acrylic panels
dimensions W1000.0 x H4.0 x D5.0 cm
date | place
JUN 1 - JUL 15, 2007 "Panorama 8", Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, FR (curated by Dominique Paini)
MAR 1 - MAY 25, 2008 Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), JP
APR 2 - JUN 21, 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji ikeda
computer graphics and LED light box design: Shohei Matsukawa
35mm film development and print: Color by Dejonghe n.v. (Kortrijk, Belgium)
co-produced by Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains and Forma, 2007

photo: courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
materials 35mm film, LED lamps, acrylic panels, wooden panels
dimensions W180.0 x H70.0 x D12.0 cm
date | place
NOV 11 - DEC 25, 2010 Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, JP
photo: courtesy of Forma
photo: courtesy of Forma

data.spectra is the first work of the data.series. Across the entire width of a darkened room is an intensely bright, narrow screen. On moving closer, the screen reveals that the source of the flood of light into the room is a vast array of tiny digits streaming across its surface, seemingly without end.

materials 10 DLP projectors, computers, speakers, acrylic panels, wooden walls
dimensions W10.0 x H4.0 x D10.0 m (screen size: W1000.0 x H2.5 cm)
date | place
AUG 18 - OCT 23, 2005 The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, AU
credits

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, technical realization: Shohei Matsukawa
technical director: Kamal Ackarie
technical assistance: Tomonaga Tokuyama
commissioned by The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), 2005
produced by Forma

photo: Leon Dario Pelaez
materials 8 speakers, computer
dimensions dimensions variable
date | place
OCT 19 - DEC 17, 2011 Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO (curated by Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra)

Developed and researched alongside the radio program series, this multi-channel concert demonstrates the results of an investigation about the fundamental concept of digital, the data of sound and the sound of data. It is performed in a pitch-dark space as a multi-channel concert. A matrixed setup of specific loudspeakers forms a unique spatiotemporal sound field to listeners. The experience is straight-ahead physical and is a series of experiments to test one's potential of how (much) one can perceive and decipher infinite numbers of data-codes in the blind state.

© Ryoji Ikeda

author/text: Kazunao Abe, Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra, Benjamin Weil
pages: 144
binding: hardback
illustrations: 48 in color
language: english/spanish
price: €39.00/$47.50
ISBN: 9788881588343
order online: amazon.com / amazon.fr / amazon.jp

dimensions 18.2 x 25.7 cm
date | publisher
JUN 30, 2012 Charta, IT
© Ryoji Ikeda

author/text: Ryoji Ikeda
programming & design: Tomonaga Tokuyama
printing: Tallers Gràfics Soler, S.A. Spain Europe
pages: 64
binding: paperback
illustrations: 62 b/w illustrations
language: english
ISBN: 9782914563512
features: incl. CD

dimensions 16.5 x 21.5 cm
date | publisher
APR, 2010 Éditions DIS VOIR, FR
credits
audio cd: dataphonics
  60’00”
  ZagZig004
  Atelier de Création Radiophonique(ACR), France Culture
photo: courtesy of Raster-Noton
photo: courtesy of Raster-Noton
date | label
DEC, 2005 Raster-Noton | R-N068
spec
dataplex(2001-05)
01data.index1:39
02data.simplex1:02
03data.duplex0:53
04data.triplex1:45
05data.multiplex1:50
06data.complex0:49
07data.hypercomplex1:20
08data.googolplex0:51
09data.microhelix3:13
10data.superhelix2:28
11data.minimax3:09
12data.syntax4:17
13data.telex1:06
14data.flex2:28
15data.reflex4:16
16data.convex1:29
17data.vertex2:06
18data.vortex5:49
19data.matrix10:01
20data.adaplex5:00
Total55:34
credits

produced by Ryoji Ikeda
© 2005 Ryoji Ikeda (JASRAC / Budde Music)