February 3, 2008 - Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) - Ryoji Ikeda “datamatics”
February 3, 2008

Ryoji Ikeda “datamatics”

“data.tron [prototype]” (c) Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda’s new installations “datamatics”
March 1 – May 25, 2008

7-7 Nakazono-cho
Yamaguchi City, JAPAN
Tel: +81 83 901 2222
Mon-Fri: 12-7p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holiday: 10-8p.m.



Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist, Ryoji Ikeda, focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. Since 1995, Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. His concerts and exhibitions integrate sound, acoustics and sublime imagery. In the artist’s works, music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as Ikeda explores sound as sensation, pulling apart its physical properties to reveal its relationship with human perception.

Using computer and digital technologies to the utmost limit, his audiovisual concerts datamatics (2006 present), C4I (2004 – 2007) commissioned by YCAM and formula (2000 – 2006) suggest a unique orientation for our future multimedia environment and culture. His acclaimed installations data.tron [prototype] (2007), data.film [nº1-a] (2007), data.spectra (2005), spectra [for terminal 5, jfk] (2004), spectra II (2002) and db (2002) continue to diffuse Ikeda’s aesthetic of ‘ultra minimalism’ to the art world.

The following works will be presented in the upcoming exhibition at YCAM.

+ datamatics [ver2.0]

datamatics [ver 2.0] is the new, full–length version of Ryoji Ikeda’s acclaimed audiovisual concert. Ikeda has significantly developed the earlier version of this piece (premiered in March 2006), adding a newly commissioned second part. Driven by the primary principles of datamatics, but objectively deconstructing its original elements – sound, visuals and even source codes – this new work creates a kind of meta–datamatics. Ikeda employs real–time programme computations and data scanning to create an extended new sequence that is a further abstraction of the original work. The technical dynamics of the piece, such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue to challenge and explore the thresholds of our perceptions.

Produced by Forma
Co-commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006
Co-produced by les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou and YCAM
Supported by Recombinant Media Labs

+ data.tron [prototype]

data.tron is an audiovisual installation, where each single pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. These images are projected onto a large screen, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and total immersion within the work.

Co-produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains and Forma

+ data.film [nº1-a]

A sculptural wall installation, data.film consists of a series of 35mm film mounted in a light box. The image on the film is constructed from microscopically printed data codes and patterns from pure digital sources, while the unusual proportions of the light box (4 cm high, 10 metres wide, 4 cm deep) create a long, narrow strip of film. Only upon close examination by the viewer can the film and its contents be recognised.

Co-produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains and Forma

+ test pattern [nº1] – World Premiere –

Ryoji Ikeda’s new project test pattern is interrelated with his datamatics project. test pattern is a system to convert any kind of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. Through its application, the project’s aim is to examine the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception.

The installation comprises 8 computer monitors and 16 loudspeakers aligned on the floor in a dark space. The 8 rectangular surfaces of the screens flicker intensely with black and white images, floating and convulsing in the darkness. 16-channel sound signals are mapped as a grid matrix, passing and slicing the space sharply. Via a real-time computer program, the signal patterns are converted into 8 barcode patterns, which are tightly synchronized. The velocity of the moving images is ultra-fast, some hundreds of frames per second at certain points, providing a performance test for the devices and a response test for visitors’ perceptions.

As part of this project, and driven by the same concept, test pattern CD is released on German label raster–noton on 25 February 2008.

Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)

- Exhibition “datamatics”
Period: March 1st – May 25th, 2008 (Closed on Tuesdays, the next days if it falls on a holiday)
Time: Mon-Fri/ 12-7p.m., Sat, Sun, Holiday/ 10-8p.m.
Admission: Free
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) Studio A & B
(7-7 Nakazono-cho Yamaguchi City, JAPAN)
Web: datamatics.ycam.jp/ (will be open on 1.02.2008)

- Opening Event: audiovisual concert “datamatics [ver2.0]“
Date: March 1st (Sat.) 2008, 7:30 (doors open at 7:00)
Venue: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) Studio A
Capacity: 200 persons
Admission: 2,000 yen / door 2,500 yen
Web: www.ycfcp.or.jp/ (Japanese)
tel: +81 83 920 6111 (10-7p.m. *Closed on Tuesdays)

Produced by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media
Technical Support: YCAM Interlab
Project Curator: Kazunao Abe (YCAM)

** for more information about the works please refer to our website:

“datamatics” new installations


audiovisual concert “datamatics[ver.2.0]”datamatics”


For more information contact:
Miki Fukuda : miki@ycam.jp
Rina Watanabe : rina@ycam.jp

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
7-7 Nakazono-cho
Yamaguchi-city 7530075 JAPAN
tel: +81 83 901 2222
fax: +81 83 901 2216
email: information@ycam.jp

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