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Data Translation: Artwork by Ryoji Ikeda

Supersymmetry, 2014 promotional video


Ryoji Ikeda is an artist from Japan who uses sound, light and digital elements to explore data translation and human perception.


Ikeda's  works are almost exclusively in black and white, and frequently come in the form of huge projected screens, big enough to cover the whole wall of a gallery space. Many of the artist’s pieces are installations that rely on audiences interacting with and moving through a space. The artist’s work Spectra, installed in JFK Airport in 2004, created a tunnel of white light that was permeated with subtle sounds that could only be perceived by moving through them.


A photo of a person standing in a tunnel lit with intensely bright white lightSpectra, installation view

Ikeda’s most recent installation work is titled Supersymmetry, and explores the possibility of the scientific concept of supersymmetry, which physicists are currently working to prove or disprove. The artist also creates works that are purely sound-based. 


A photo of a shadowed figure standing in front of a black and white data projectionSupercodex, live  performance photo

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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