C4I: Ryoji Ikeda

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20 Nov 2004
8:00 pm

Both a concert performance and a film, this atmospheric new piece from electronic composer and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda approaches an aesthetic of pure data. C4I is a meticulous composition derived from global systems in mathematics, economics, biology and the natural world.

* Live Performance will begin promptly

Sound artist and electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda will perform his latest work C4I at Eyebeam on November 20th . Both a concert and a film, C4I ("see-four-eye") uses data as material and theme, highlighting the ways in which various forms of information shape our perception and understanding of the world. Outsized video images of landscapes are progressively abstracted into the symbolic languages of facts, figures and diagrams used in montage with dazzling graphic force, illuminating the musical score. Seating is limited. Tickets for this U.S. premier of C4I may be purchased at Eyebeam the night of the performance. on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: to maintain the integrity of the performance latecomers will not be seated.

Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, C4I subtly and hypnotically suggests the convergence of the real or physical and the virtual or conceptual. Abstracted elements of frequencies and patterns resonate in newly embodied forms, visualizations of rhythmic textures appear as if through a spectroscope while text excerpts elegantly punctuate the on-screen projections.

In this highly atmospheric work, Ikeda seeks to attain an aesthetic of pure information. Derived from the natural world, global systems and logical disciplines such as economics, physics, information science and theoretical mathematics, data represents a new material for the artist's explorations. The musical arrangement synchronizes perfectly with the graphical and video images to create a piece of undeniable power and beauty. C4I, in its meticulous composition and technical sophistication, reveals a sublime vision of Ikeda’s brilliantly subjective reality.

Ryoji Ikeda, has emerged as one of our most important and adventurous experimental sound artists, regarded as much for his collaborations with multi-media art collective, Dumb Type and musicians such as minimalist Carsten Nicolai as for his solo projects. Japan's leading electronic composer, Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. Music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as Ikeda explores sound as sensation, pulling apart its physical properties and revealing its relationship to human perception. Using digital technology, Ikeda develops ‘microscopic methods’ for sound engineering and composition, diffusing an aesthetic of ‘ultra minimalism’ to the art world. His works suggest a unique orientation for our future multimedia environment and culture.

Since 1990, Ikeda has been active in sound art through concerts, installations, and recordings. With the release of his second solo album +/- in 1996, he pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through employing sine waves, electronic "glitch" sounds, and white noise. +/- was followed by the albums (1998), matrix(2000), Cyclo (2001) with Carsten Nicolai and, in 2002, an acoustic opus for strings, Op. Ikeda was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica prize for Digital Musics (2001), and nominated for a World Technology Award in 2003. Reflecting a sharp and highly refined sense of beauty, these minute yet dynamic sound constructions have established him as one of a vital figure in contemporary music. Ikeda was born in Gifu, Japan, in 1966.

C4I was commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Japan, 2004 and its tour produced by Forma. For more information on Forma or theC4I tour, please visit: www.forma.org.uk