This latest audiovisual work from Ryoji Ikeda, presents intense flickering black and white imagery, which floats and convulses in darkness to a stark and powerful, highly synchronized soundtrack.
Through a real–time computer programme, test pattern converts Ikeda's audio signal patterns into tightly synchronized barcode patterns on screen. The velocity of the moving images is ultra–fast, some hundreds of frames per second, so that the work provides a performance test for the audio and visual devices, as well as a response test for the audience's perceptions.
test pattern is the third audiovisual concert in Ikeda's datamatics series, an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.
Taking various forms – installations, live performance and recordings – test pattern acts as a system that converts any type of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. The project aims to examine the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception, pushing both to their absolute limits.
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.
He perform and exhibit 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 Venezia, Armory Park Avenue New York, Barbican Center London, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin; DHC/Art Montreal; Festival d’Automne Paris; Sharjah Biennale 1, Carriageworks Sydney, Auckland Triennale, Mona Museum Hobart –Tasmania, Ruhrtriennale, Telefonica Foundation Madrid, MoMA New York, Kyoto Experiment Festival among others.
He is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014