Ryoji Ikeda: test pattern [100 m version] / Ruhrtriennale Arts Festival 2013

Japanese visual artist and electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda is known for his installations and live performances that combine visuals and sound. For the international arts festival Ruhrtriennale 2013 in Germany, Ikeda conceived the audiovisual installation Test Pattern [100m Version]. Test Pattern is one of Ryoji Ikedas’s long-term projects. Started in 2008, the work translates the digital data that surround us in everyday life into flickering barcodes, accompanied by an intense rhythmical soundtrack. For the Ruhrtriennale version, the artist transformed one of the largest industrial buildings in Metropole Ruhr, the Krafthalle, into a huge flickr landscape. On the artist’s 100-meter-long projection, the visitor is at the same time viewer and part of the image.

Ryoji Ikeda was born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan. His installations and live performances combine sound and visuals, based on mathematical precision and aesthetics. Ryoji Ikeda has performed and exhibited worldwide in museums such as Centre Pompidou Paris; Tate Modern, London; ICC, Tokyo; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; and at electronic music festivals and DJ clubs. He lives and works in Paris, France.

The Ruhrtriennale is an international arts festival hosted by the Ruhr metropolitan area in the west of Germany. Artists are invited to seek a dialog with industrial spaces and between disciplines. The festival takes place in the region’s industrial monuments, which are transformed into sites for fine art, performance, music, dance, and performance. Participating artists include William Forsythe, Douglas Gordon, Mischa Kuball, Massive Attack, Dan Perjovschi, the Quay Brothers, and rAndom International.

Ryoji Ikeda: test pattern [100 m version] / Ruhrtriennale International Arts Festival 2013. Opening, August 22, 2013.

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