A striking sound and light installation by cutting-edge Parisian artist Ryoji Ikeda has captivated Sydney artlovers.
The work featured at Eveleigh’s Carriageworks, in collaboration with Vivid Sydney, is inspired by computer data which transform information into barcode and binary patterns.
Ikeda is known for his impressive settings. This installation uses five ceiling projectors displaying intense black and white images on a perspex screen, over 30 metres long and 10 metres wide, on the floor. The work flickers along to a powerful, synchronised soundtrack.
Dennis Zamora, curator at Carriageworks, told The Newsroom it took two days to get the lights just right.
“Everything is combined. Data information, combined with music. It’s all safe and been tested. The whole idea was based on the binary codes used, with chunks of information turning into barcodes then into music (noise).”
Gallery visitor Hannah Galvin thought it was “a really intelligent” installation.
“The simplicity of the grey-scale projections on the outstretched perspex flooring made the entire project really exciting and something that you could observe for hours. The fact that you were able to interact by walking over the piece was a really considerate idea and made it exciting for all ages.”
Asked what viewers should expect, Zamora said they would become part of the exhibition and installation. “Don’t expect anything actually: that’s the fun part of it, the fact they don’t know what they’re coming to see.”
The exhibition runs until July 1, from 10am to 6pm daily. – Report and photos by Kiera Thanos