Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself, incorporating light-based visuals by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.
Ikeda's albums such as +/- (1996); matrix (2000); and test pattern (2008) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through razor-sharp technique and aesthetics. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as 'datamatics' (2006-), 'test pattern' (2008-), 'spectra' (2001-), ‘cyclo’ a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, and ‘superposition’ (2012-).
Ikeda has performed and exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Carriageworks, Sydney; Barbican Centre, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Telefonica Foundation, Madrid; Frac Franche- Comté, Besançon; and Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo. His works have been presented at numerous festivals, biennales and triennales around the world, including at Electra Festival, Montreal; SRTP Festival Eindhoven, Sharjah Biennale 11; Auckland Triennale; Dark Mofo Festival, Hobart; Festival de Marseille, Ruhrtriennale, Duisburg; and Kyoto Experiment Festival.