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Ryoji Ikeda: Test Pattern at the Old Selfridge’s Hotel

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Time 18:30
Date 28/09/17
Price £22

This audiovisual work presents intense flickering black and white imagery which floats and convulses in darkness to a stark, powerful and highly synchronised soundtrack.

Through a real–time computer program, test pattern converts audio signal patterns into tightly synchronised barcode patterns on screen. The velocity of the moving images is ultra–fast, some hundreds of frames per second, so that the work provides a performance test for the audio and visual devices, as well as a response test for the audience's perceptions.

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light 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.