Ryoji Ikeda

Sunday 4:40–5:20 Blue Stage

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. supercodex [live set] is his latest audiovisual performance.

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, superposition (2012-), supersymmetry (2014) and micro | macro (2015-).

He performs and exhibits worldwide at spaces such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Elektra Festival Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals Barcelona, Aichi Triennale Nagoya, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Park Avenue Armory, Met Live and Crossing the line Festival New York, The Barbican Centre & the Vinyl Factory London, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, DHC/Art Montreal, Pompidou Center and Festival d’Automne in Paris, Sharjah Biennale, Carriageworks Sydney, Ruhrtriennale, Kyoto Experiment Festival, and Center for the Art of Performance UCLA Los Angeles among others.

In 2016, he premiered a new acoustic stage piece ‘music for percussion’ in collaboration with ensemble Eklekto (Geneva) currently on tour. In 2017, he presents a drone symphony, A [for 100 cars], produced by Red Bull Music Academy Los Angeles.

He is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014.

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. In 2016 & 2017, The Vinyl Factory London released a limited edition vinyl The Solar System and Music for percussion.