the definition of Ryoji Ikeda as an artist lies somewhere between experimental sound researcher, abstract visual generator, and mathematics & data fanatic. The Japanese-born, now Paris resident has been part of countless exhibitions since 1998 and has released at least 8 albums dating back to 1995. his sonic experimentations are a mixture of bleeps, clicks, and noise; and while they might not present a suitable listening option for your morning commute, his recordings are micro-detailed works of art that are best enjoyed during one of his large scale audio-visual installations.
throughout the years, Ikeda has been working incessantly to combine abstract audio with all kinds of data and numbers to create large-scale installations that manage to completely immerse the public in a unique experience. perhaps a metaphor to the data overload we are currently experiencing with the madness that is the internet and modern television, Ikeda’s exhibitions present a very exaggerated, in-you-face encounter with massive amounts of unusable data.
on his latest exhibition, Ikeda was commissioned by japanese brand Honda with developing a digitized installation based entirely on the data set belonging to the latest model of the brand’s world renowned civic. titled ‘data.anatomy [civic]‘, the installation was shown until recently at Kraftwerk in Berlin, and it consisted of three-dimensional sketches picturing the car’s components, graphs, charts, and equations; expertly re-imagined and projected on large surfaces, completely immersing the viewer into the most technical and abstract representation of the entire research process behind building an everyday automobile.
check out a 10 minute video containing the installation’s visual feed below, presented by designboom. also, take a listen to a couple of Ryoji’s albums on german experimental label Raster Noton via spotify.