Audemars Piguet, a Swiss watchmaker, congratulates Ryoji Ikeda (born 1966 in Gifu, Japan) on his new masterpiece at the 58th International Art Biennale in Venice (La Biennale di Venezia) ). The Venice International Art Fair dates back to 1895 and is a globally recognized important cultural event. With the support of Audemars Piguet and the curation of Ralph Rugoff, Ryph Ikeda’s latest work ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’ was published in May 2019. From November 11th to November 24th at the Arsenale as Special Project at the Venice International Art Biennale. Ikeda’s cooperation with Audemars Piguet will continue from 2019 to 2020.
Ikeda’s experimental and innovative works are designed to explore the nature of sound and light through mathematical precision and aesthetic perspectives. He visualizes sounds with frequencies that are hard to detect by the human ear and dimensions that are difficult to understand by human thought, and uses numerical systems and computer aesthetic styles to interpret elusive things. He cleverly combines sound, visual elements, materials, physics and mathematics, transcends conceptual models, explores limits and infinity, and challenges the boundaries of human senses and digital technology. His long-term projects have taken many forms, including immersive live performances, audiovisual installations, books, records, etc., and have evolved over the years to achieve many of the latest results of data-driven research.
Ikeda Ryoji chose to present the first work of the data-verse trilogy series vividly on an oversized screen. This work is arranged using data technology, generated by a highly accurate computer program, and uses a minimalist electronic soundtrack, which perfectly echoes the Hollywood HD 4K DCI standard scientific data video projection. Ikeda Ryoji said: ‘I always insist on creating this work as a composer. Unlike traditional music arrangers, I choose to use data as the creative material and regard the system and structure as inspirational scores.’ In addition to data sponsored by Audemars Piguet -verse, Ryuji Ikeda also brought another wonderful piece of art to the Giardini exhibition space at the 2019 Venice International Art Biennale-an immersive on-site art installation called spectrum III, with LED lamps and laminated white wood boards composition.
With the advent of the first work of the data-verse series, Audemars Piguet held a celebration event, where the artist brought sound performances on the spot, allowing guests to personally experience the unique dimension of Ryuji Ikeda’s artistic creations in a private environment. Ikeda’s data-verse works landed on the world-class stage of the 2019 Venice Art Biennale. This move continues Audemars Piguet’s mission of supporting artists, and echoes the complexity, precision and innovation of the brand’s works. Ikeda’s deep artistic accomplishment coincides with Audemars Piguet’s exquisite craftsmanship, creative ingenuity and innovative spirit. In response, Ryoji Ikeda said: ‘I visited the Audemars Piguet watch factory in Ru Valley, Switzerland, and I was impressed by the watchmaker’s outstanding skills and the attitude of excellence. The close cooperation between professional technology and precision procedures has created a collective process A masterpiece integrated with the beauty of art, all of which is similar to my artistic creation process. ‘
Olivier Audemars, vice chairman of Audemars Piguet’s board of directors, said of the cooperation: ‘Audemars Piguet is honored to have the opportunity to support Ryoji Ikeda in launching new works of art. His works have attracted our attention long ago, and his precise creative approach is highly praiseworthy. Liang’s work leads us to observe the world from a different perspective and understand the various aspects that make up the universe, especially the intersection between art and science. ‘
The second work of Ikeda’s trilogy will be unveiled at the Audemars Piguet Tokyo exhibition in October 2019; the finale of the trilogy will be released in 2020.
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