Ryoji Ikeda, test pattern [enhanced version], 2011 © Ryoji Ikeda Image: Park Avenue Armory New York and Forma © James Ewing

Image:  Park Avenue Armory New York and Forma; James Ewing


Carriageworks and ISEA2013, in collaboration with Vivid Sydney, present Ryoji Ikeda

A highlight of the program is the Australian premiere of test pattern, a stunning large scale immersive installation by renowned Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.

Like many of Ikeda’s electrifying works, test pattern represents the intense energies of massive digital data flows that increasingly shape our globalised world.

Ikeda is one of Japan’s leading electronic composers and visual artists, and has gained a reputation internationally as one of the few artists working convincingly across visual, spatial and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

Ikeda recently staged a similar installation at The Armory in New York, described by The New York Times as a ‘sublime spectacle’ and ‘spectacular, trippy and fun’. New York Magazine described Ikeda’s work as ‘an extreme and elaborate visual and sonic environment’.

test pattern is a system that converts any type of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. Through its application, the project aims to examine the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception.