Ryoji Ikeda is an electronic composer and visual artist based in Paris but originally from Japan. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
Ikeda’s work plays on making data sets experienced through light and sound. A few of his long-term projects are: ‘datamatics’ (2006-) is a multimedia work that explore one’s potentials to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world; in the project ‘test pattern’ (2008-) Ikeda developed a system that converts any type of data – text, sounds, photos and movies into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s, which examines the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception; and in collaboration with Carsten Nicolai, Ikeda developed ‘cyclo.’ (2000- ), which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music. (link)