“180 The Strand is the heart of London’s creative community, an iconic Brutalist building that has been transformed into a cultural centre. At its core is 180 Studios, a network of production and exhibition spaces that supports emerging talent and provides a platform for creative growth.”
“Ryoji Ikeda (池田 亮司 Ikeda Ryōji, born 1966) is a Japanese visual and sound artist who currently lives and works in Paris, France. Ikeda’s music is concerned primarily with sound in a variety of “raw” states, such as sine tones and noise, often using frequencies at the edges of the range of human hearing. The conclusion of his album +/- features just such a tone; of it, Ikeda says “a high frequency sound is used that the listener becomes aware of only upon its disappearance” (from the CD booklet). Rhythmically, Ikeda’s music is highly imaginative, exploiting beat patterns and, at times, using a variety of discrete tones and noise to create the semblance of a drum machine. His work also encroaches on the world of ambient music; many tracks on his albums are concerned with slowly evolving soundscapes, with little or no sense of pulse.
Ryoji Ikeda was born in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 1966.”
“The Vinyl Factory and Fact, in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, present a new Ryoji Ikeda exhibition in 180 Studios, 180 The Strand opening this May.
The largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever staged, including numerous world premieres, RYOJI IKEDA invites viewers to immerse themselves in Ikeda’s dynamic digital universe. A subterranean exploration of sound and light, the show takes viewers on a sensory journey through 180 Studios’ labyrinthine spaces.
The 12 artworks include the world premiere of Ikeda’s data-verse trilogy – a towering, triple-screen immersive project commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, and a site-specific, synapse-splitting new iteration of test pattern.
The exhibition also features never-seen-before installations such as: point of no return, an intense audio-visualisation that creates a virtual experience akin to entering a black hole; spectra III, a tunnel of strobe lighting that made its premiere at the 2019 Venice Biennale; and A (continuum) – a sound installation comprising six colossal Meyer SB-1 speakers.”