Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s audio visual concert 'datamatics [ver.2.0]' will be held at 'Splendid Palace' Cinema on 7th September. The event, organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, is part of the 'Survival Kit 6' Festival and the Rīga 2014 programme.

In his works, Ryoji Ikeda, one of Japan’s most famous electronic music authors, focuses not only on the most characteristic basic features of sound,  but uses light as a substance and mathematics as a method just as successfully. The datamatics project is a long-term one, and consists of a number of parts – moving image, sculptural elements, sound and new media technology. The visionarism of his works stimulates one’s imagination about a future model of the utopian city, and corresponds with this year’s “Survival Kit” Festival’s theme, the “Utopian city”.

Ryoji Ikeda was born in 1966 Gifu, Japan, and lives and works in Paris, France. He began his creative activity in the 1990s as a DJ and sound artist, and from 1994 has been involved in the Dumb Type multimedia art group. The author composes electronic music, is involved in visual art, and is considered to be one of the most powerful and internationally recognized artists, and has been successful in combining both of these media. In his works, he focuses on the basic principles of sound and visual structures, using mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. The artist’s performances are delicately constructed from a variety of elements of sound, visual materials, physical phenomena and mathematical activities.

The author often uses powerful sensual effects, which border on the edges of the range of human perception and work in an almost hypnotic way on the listeners’ senses. His music is made up of unusual frequencies, ultrasound, noises and the basic elements of sound. In experimenting with these, the artist attempts to find out about human perception and its connection with mathematics, time and space. Ryoji Ikeda is considered to be an ultra-minimalist, as he moves toward the reduction of visual and audial objects to an enhanced sensual experience. In parallel with his sound projects, he also creates installations, is involved in book art and music recordings, and, in collaboration with architects, has also created spatial structures. The author takes part in the most important contemporary art and music festivals, and is involved in large scale inter-disciplinary projects. This year Ryoji Ikeda was presented with the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014 award.

Tickets to Ryoji Ikeda’s concert are available on www.bilesuserviss.lv. The price of tickets is currently 10 EUR, but the price will increase as the concert approaches.

Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics [ver.2.0] concert in Rīga is being organized as part of the Survival Kit 6 Contemporary Art festival. The festival, which is part of the Rīga 2014 European Capital of Culture programme this year, will take place from 4th to the 27th September in Rīga. The event venues are – Vāgnera Hall in Vecrīga and the former Boļševička Textile Factory at Ganību dambis 30 – there’ll be art exhibition openings, lectures, performances and creative workshops and a film programme will also be shown. More than seventy participants from twenty five countries will be taking part in the festival. The event is being organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.

This Rīga 2014 European Capital of Culture programme event has been created in collaboration with the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee.

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