Ryoji Ikeda’s The Transfinite installation is a mindblowing video work. Unfortunately I don’t live in New York so I never got to experience it and have had to make do with this short video. However, it’s clear from watching the clip and the seeing the images that it’s an incredible, all encompassing, completely immersive work with the visitor being bombarded with data and electronic sound. The installation was exhibited at The Armoury in New York and here’s what they had to say about it:
Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data. His work uses scale, light, shade, volume, shadow, electronic sounds, and rhythm to flood the senses. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, Ikeda conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite.
If you haven’t heard of Ikeda here’s a brief synopsis:
He’s one of Japan’s leading electronic composers and visual artists whose practice focuses on the essential characteristics of sound and visuals by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. He has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media, elaborately orchestrating sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
He is currently exhibiting his work, ‘Datamatics’ in Spain at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón. It will be there until January 2013. So, if you’re in that part of the World go have a look. The work uses pure data as a source for sound and visuals and combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space.
And finally when you’re watching the video be sure to watch it through the blackouts.