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Forma announces a series of new and existing works by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda presented in Paris this Autumn.

Commissioned by the City of Paris, Ikeda's major new work spectra [paris] for Nuit Blanche, the City's annual 'white night' all-night contemporary arts festival, sees blinding white light beamed from scores of highly powered architectural lamps on the same plaza as Tour Montparnasse. Visitors' movements create a unique symphony of ultra pure sine soundwaves as they pass through the grid of white light. Nuit Blanche 2008 is directed by Herve Chandès and Ronald Chammah and presents over fifty projects in and around the stations and monuments of central Paris.

spectra [paris] precedes V≠L, Ikeda's first major solo exhibition in France, with three new works commissioned by Le Laboratoire in partnership with Festival d'Automne. Le Laboratoire is a new space dedicated to artist / scientist collaboration founded by Harvard Professor of ArtScience Innovation, David Edwards. These new works have evolved from Ikeda's close association with the Harvard mathematician and number theorist Benedict Gross.

At the Centre Pompidou in November, Ikeda performs datamatics [ver 2.0]. A full-length audiovisual concert using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics [ver 2.0] was originally co-commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006, co–produced by les Spectacles Vivants, Centre Pompidou and YCAM, and supported by Recombinant Media Labs.

"datamatics showed Ikeda at the height of his powers, building on his own unique and unmistakable artistic language." – The Wire, 2006

In December at the Grand Palais, he presents data.tron, an audiovisual installation in which every single pixel of video image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle and projected on a vast scale. data.tron was co-produced by Le Fresnoy and Forma. The installation forms a centrepiece of Dans la nuit, des Images, a group exhibition organised for the French presidency of the European Union and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Le Fresnoy-Studio National des arts contemporains.

Ryoji Ikeda is an internationally acclaimed composer and artist who creates highly technologised installations that play with human perception. His concerts, installations and recordings integrate sound, acoustics and sublime imagery derived from pure mathematics and real-world data. Accompanied by video and graphics projected at cinematic scale in his concerts, Ikeda's compositions achieve synaesthetic effects as sound and image become almost indistinguishable, provoking an intensely physical experience.

datamatics [ver.2.0] at Centre Pompidou, 21 – 22 November 2008, 8.30 pm Co-presented by Les Spectacles Vivants-Centre Pompidou and Festival d'Automne Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris http://www.centrepompidou.fr http://www.festival-automne.com

spectra [paris] at Nuit Blanche, 4 –5 October 2008, 7 pm – 7 am Place du 18 juin 1940, 75014 Paris http://www.paris.fr/portail/nb2008/Portal.lut?page_id=8707

V≠L at Le Laboratoire, 11 October 2008 – 12 January 2009 Presented by Le Laboratoire in partnership with Festival d'Automne 4, rue du Bouloi, 75001 Paris http://www.lelaboratoire.org http://www.festival-automne.com

data.tron at Grand Palais, 18 – 31 December 2008 Presented by Le Fresnoy-Studio National des arts contemporains Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris http://www.grandpalais.fr

Ryoji Ikeda is represented by Forma. Forma is supported by the English Arts Council.

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Ryoji Ikeda
datamatics [ver.2.0]
Co-presented by Les Spectacles Vivants-Centre Pompidou and Festival d'Automne

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