On July 12, 2013, Pittsburgh will have the great pleasure to view Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda's immersive audiovisual piece data.tron at Wood Street Galleries. data.tron is part of Ikeda's larger datamatics art project that "explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world." The piece sources pure data (0s and 1s) and mathmatically converts real-time data into fantastic visuals and synchronized sound. Ikeda's work with data is eloquent - consistently serving up extreme environments through a minimal aesthetic: black and white projections, clean lines, crisp and cutting sound.
Ikeda's transformation of data into sound and visuals harkens back to his start in electronic music in the mid-90s and the interest in patterns and experiential sound. In 1996, Ikeda released +/-, an album that uses dry, clean sine waves, glitches, and overtones to alter how a listener percieves rhythmic patterns and silence. 2000's Matrix requires listeners to shift the positioning of their head or body throughout the listening experience. Each twist of the ear changes the balance of frequencies from two hard-panned stereo tracks, altering the music one hears. Moving to more recent history, Test Pattern, initially conceived in 2008, is a series of performances (and a resulting album) that utilizes a "system that converts any type of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 1s and 0s." Live performances of Test Pattern present a high-paced (100s of frames per second) video projection of the resulting data stream and act as a system test for audio and video devices.
Hopefully this sounds interesting to you, because Ikeda will give a very rare Pittsburgh performance of Test Pattern in the Pierce Studio, the very nice theater venue in the basement of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust building. The performance starts at 10pm, following the Gallery Crawl and the opening of data.tron. This will be a very unique experience and should not be missed.
805-807 Liberty Avenue
Tickets: $10 & $15
Tickets are available through www.trustarts.org ; by calling 412-456-6666; tickets will also be available at the door
Performance view of Test Pattern
Installation view of Matrix