Ryoji Ikeda and Nonotak Studio
This February, Arts Centre Melbourne will host an avant-garde double bill of light and sound.
Apart from his love of the lower-case, Japanese artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda is known for his spectacular light installations at Mona, such as spectra, which dissected the sky at Dark Mofo in 2013, and micro | macro, which dominated Sydney’s Carriageworks in 2018.
At Hamer Hall, Ikeda will bring datamatics [ver. 2.0], an audio-visual performance using sequences of patterns from hard-drive errors to inform a 55-minute electronic soundscape where the edges fray into barely audible frequencies. The overall effect is of being shrunk and trapped in circuitry in which, the ticks, buzzes and clicks are almost insect-like.
This is followed by the Australian premiere of Shiro by French illustrator Noemi Schipfer and Japanese architect and musician Takami Nakamoto, working together as Nonotak. This time, the artists themselves are part of the effect. The pair play a live, 40-minute ambient piece within a light labyrinth of their own creation. The New York Times rated Shiro as one of the top 15 performances at electronic music festival Sónar Barcelona in 2017.
The evening is part of the Subsonic series curated for Asia TOPA by artistic director of The Substation, Brad Spolding. More details here.
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