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+/- [the infinite between 0 and 1]

2 April – 21 June 2009

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT)

Tokyo, JP

Ryoji Ikeda's presents his first major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). The exhibition, +/– [the infinite between 0 and 1], included new commissions, large-scale and audiovisual projections, sound works and sculptural pieces, evolving the synaesthetic effects of Ikeda’s earlier works, fusing sound and image in intensely physical experiences.

Some works were developed from datamatics, Ikeda’s series of “experiments that explore the vast universe of data in the infinity between 0 and 1”, as well as from his dialogue with Harvard mathematician Benedict Gross and resulting works at Le Laboratoire, Paris (October 2008 – January 2009). In particular, Ikeda develops a prime number / a natural number, the large-scale photographic work for Le Laboratoire, which explored the idea of infinity.

Other works included data.matrix [no1-10], a multi- screen installation featuring video sequences from datamatics [ver.2.0], Ikeda’s audiovisual concert; and matrix [5ch version], a pure sound installation formed by a grid of speakers through which visitors walk. Similar to Ikeda’s spectra [paris], which also featured a grid, visitors movements interfere and disrupt the carefully composed soundscapes.

In addition, MOT presented data.tron [3 SXGA+ version], a larger version of an earlier floor-to-ceiling screen of data which seeks to physically overwhelm visitors with a staggering array of 0s and 1s. Ikeda’s established work [no.1 –a] was also on display: a mesmerising very narrow 10m long lightbox of data codes and patterns.

The exhibition included nine works in total. A major publication is being produced which will include an essay by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator at MOT on Ryoji Ikeda, an interview with Ikeda by critic Akira Asada, an essay by art critic Martin Herbert, and a conversation between Benedict Gross and David Edwards, Director of Le Laboratoire in Paris. Published by Esquire Magazine Japan.

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Photos: Ryuichi Maruo (courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

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