Ryoji Ikeda, Electronics at the Confines of Reality

Ryoji Ikeda, Electronics at the Confines of Reality
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In the digital universe of Ryoji Ikeda, data and computer codes are transformed into sounds, lights and visions which overwhelm the senses. The largest exhibition ever dedicated to the Japanese artist brings all this to the maze-like spaces of 180 The Strand, the brutalist building which bears the pulse of the creative soul of the capital. Twelve immersive installations, including several world premiers, offer a journey after which nothing will be the same. Complex abstract geometric figures, corridors like hypnotic caves, screens like black holes pull the body of the spectator into an electronic world where the perceptions of eye and ear are bewildered. And while we helplessly seek to orient ourselves, we unwittingly cross landscapes derived from the transposition of scientific data from CERN, from NASA and the Human Genoma Project. Considered a guru of “Glitch” Music, Ikeda’s compositions have dumbfounded audiences around the world, including the Venice Biennial of 2019. In London, we can, once again, experience Spectra III, the disturbing tunnel of strobe lights presented in Venice, as well as experience, for the first time, the Data-Verse Trilogy, an imposing immersive experience in its absolute debut.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London