Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
15 September – 2 December 2018
Ryoji Ikeda, the visual artist, is known for his audiovisual performances, especially in the field of electronic music. Some of his impressive and immersive image and sound projects are currently on show at the Eye Filmmuseum.
Ikeda plays with the limits of the audible and the human perception of sound; not only with its appeal and effect, but also with its physical nature. With mathematical precision, he reduces sound and image to their essence, thus creating unique installation art. Digitality, especially digital data, is also part of his work. He began working as a DJ in 1990 and is now one of the most important contemporary artists in electronic music. With his extraordinary video installations he tests not only his viewers’ auditory but also their visual perceptions. On show are works such as “The Radar”, a large projection with abstract compositions of telescopic and microscopic images, moon and weather maps, and images of distant places, and “Data Tron”, which attempts to depict on a screen the vastness of the universe and the unimaginable distance between the numbers zero and one. The “Point of no Return” project, developed especially for the Eye Filmmuseum, shows a black hole containing a bewildering amount of information, while a bright white hole can be seen on the wall behind it. Ikeda himself describes the project as “technically simple”, but nevertheless as his most “metaphysical work” to date. In recent years, he has staged several solo exhibitions in renowned museums such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Carriage Works in Sydney. In 2014, he won the Prix Ars Electronica.