Ryoji Ikeda is well worth hearing

Ryoji Ikeda might not be on your radar, but he probably should be. Born in Japan,
the artist and composer now lives in Paris, where he crafts the haunting, rhythmic,
sometimes ear-splitting sculptural sonic masterpieces that have made him an icon
in the sound art and experimental music scenes, with a healthy crossover into the
world of high-brow visual arts. His pieces combine raw sounds, sine waves, white
noise and electronic bleeps, often alongside high-tech visual renderings and light
sculptures, in order to offer perspective on the ongoing digitization of our world.

This exhibit, curated by John Zeppetelli, is the first major survey and retrospective
of the artist in North America, running here and in Toronto. It includes elements
from Ikeda’s ongoing project, “datamatics,” which employs video, sculpture, new
media and, of course, sound to explore how data shapes our understanding of the
world around us. It deploys a system for converting any information into binary
codes and barcodes, revealing how easily material life slides into digitization.