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Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist at IMMA

The first performance in Ireland by Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist Ryoji Ikeda takes place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Friday 5 October at 8.00pm. Ikeda’s work focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. Since 1995, Ikeda has been active through concerts, installations, and recordings, integrating sound, acoustics and sublime imagery. In his compositions, music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as he explores sound as sensation, pulling apart its physical properties to reveal its relationship with human perception.

This performance at IMMA includes two of his most influential and acclaimed works, C4I and datamatics (ver.1.0) . Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Using computer and digital technologies to the utmost limit, his audiovisual concerts datamatics (ver.1.0) (2006 – present) and C4I (2004 – present) suggest a unique orientation for our future multimedia environment and culture.

Ikeda has been hailed by critics as one of the most radical and innovative contemporary composers for his live performances, sound installations and album releases. His albums +/- (Touch, 1996), 0°C (Touch, 1998) and matrix (Touch, 2000) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music, employing sine waves, electronic "glitch" sounds, and white noise. Ikeda released his critically acclaimed, seventh solo album entitled dataplex (raster-noton), as part of the datamatics series, in 2005.

The versatile range of Ikeda's research is demonstrated by his collaborations with Carsten Nicolai on the project cyclo and with choreographer William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballett, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, architect Toyo Ito and artist collective Dumb Type, among others.

Ikeda has exhibited and performed at many of the world's leading festivals and venues, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 2005 (Melbourne); Centre Pompidou, 2001, 2004 and 2007, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville, 1999, and La Villette, 2002 (all Paris); Sónar, 1999 and 2006 (Barcelona); Architectural Association, 2002, Barbican, 2006, Hayward Gallery, 2000, Millennium Dome, 2000, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2000, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, 2006 (all London); Auditorium Parco della Musica, 2003 (Rome); ICC, 1999 and 2005, Tokyo International Forum, 2006 (Tokyo); Göteborg Biennial, 2003 (Göteborg). In 2001, Ikeda was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica prize in the digital music category and he was short-listed for a World Technology Award in 2003.

Ryoji Ikeda’s Dublin performance is presented by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in association with Forma, Note Productions, and the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

The opening reception is sponsored by Ketel One Vodka.

This performance is programmed by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA.

Ticket Information
Tickets  €17.00 (including booking fee).
Available from TicketMaster tel: 0818 719300 or visit  (External) and Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office tel: 01 677 8899 or visit  (External)

For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900; Email:

11 September 2007


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