Ryoji Ikeda Supercodex – Interzona
On Saturday 21 March Interzona will present Supercodex, one of the newest productions of Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, taken from the eponymous 2013 album and part of a record trilogy produced by the label Raster Noton.
Ikeda is active worldwide with concerts, installations, and publications that made him one of the most radical and innovative composers of the contemporary scene. His pioneering works explore minimal and extreme sounds. After almost twenty years of research, eight albums, publications, and a greater number of ambient installations and live performances where his video sound art becomes perceptive experience, Ikeda stands out for his ability to read the infinite relationships between art and technology.
Orchestrating sound, images, materials, physical phenomenons, and mathematical notions, he is able to create fascinating live performances and art installations.
In this edition of the project, Supercodex will take the shape of an audiovisual live performance, between digital sound and images, exploring the potentials of the relationship between data of sound and sound of data, a search rooted in the trilogy started in 2005 with Dataplex and carried on in 2008 with Test Pattern: three works where Ikeda has wrapped the results of a complex research on the dual relationship between digital sound and its translation to computer data.
This trilogy aims to elaborate a mathematics of sound, an arithmetical principle able to change logarithms in authentic expressive means, and at the same time to elaborate visual and sound representations of the information they contain, like in the gigantic video installation created in October 2014 for Test Pattern in Times Square, New York.
If Ikeda, with his previous projects, had already tested the limits of the conceptual possibilities of digital sound and its connections to an abstract techno, with Supercodex he reaches an extreme synthesis of these ideas. In his last album Ikeda integrates, differentiates and re/de/metaconstruct music, and the experiences of his previous projects made of art installations. The result is a summa of his research, enhanced and even more engaging.
In its live section, Supercodex is made of different and continuous fragments, used by Ikeda to create a one flux, a meta-work that takes the audience through a progressive mutation of keys and details, able to create, aesthetically and strictly sensorially, a temporary union between the visual and auditive dimension, so revealing, between codes and calculations, a beating heart, but also the arithmetical and computational essence of sound.
This work is clearly a connection and a continuation to his new long-term project Superposition (2012), where quantum information and data sequences are changed to sounds. This installation was exhibited in 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York.
Ryoji Ikeda (1966, Gibu, Japan) Lives and works in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan.
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005), test pattern (2008) and supercodex (2013) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor-sharp techniques and aesthetics. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as ‘datamatics‘ (2006-), ‘test pattern‘ (2008-), ‘spectra‘ (2001-), ‘cyclo’ a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, and ‘superposition’ (2012-).
He performs and exhibits worldwide such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Singapore art Museum, Ars Electronica Center Linz, Elektra Festival Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals Barcelona, Aichi Triennale Nagoya, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Park Avenue Armory New York, Barbican Center London, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, DHC/Art Montreal, Festival d’Automne Paris, Sharjah Biennale, Carriageworks Sydney, Auckland Triennale, MONA Museum Hobart – Tasmania, Ruhrtriennale, Telefonica Foundation Madrid, MoMA New York, Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kyoto Experiment Festival among others.
He is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014! !
Interzona is an independent cultural association based on voluntary work, born in Verona in December 1992 from the need to create a place where to combine culture, art and experimentation, reflection and social activities. From the beginning the goal of Interzona has been to discover and experiment concepts, to define policies, goals and plans for creating and promoting culture independently, in connection to the city, but also tying national and international relationships.
The aim of the association is the diffusion, promotion and analysis of music and other artistic disciplines, in all their forms and expressions. With the organization of events and the creation of a new place for social gatherings, Interzona has always shown a willingness to give voice to the communication urgency of alternative entities and to investigate new forms of expression, thus creating a unique project.