• Ryoji Ikeda,, 2004–, documentary photograph. Photo: Ryuichi Maruo.

    Ryoji Ikeda

    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
    4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
    April 1–June 7, 2009

    Curated by Yuko Hasegawa

    Silence and restraint center Ryoji Ikeda’s philosophy, but the Paris-based artist and composer’s practice is a continuous oscillation between reductionist and maximalist strategies in sight and sound. Performing with Japanese dance collective Dumb Type, Ikeda has been known to deploy barely perceptible sine tones intermittently following shocks of engulfing white noise, and his video projections have dwarfed viewers with giant screens streaming mathematical data in stark black-and-white. For this major solo exhibition, curator Yuko Hasegawa presents five integrated installations, among them works from datamatics, an ongoing multimedia series including abstract celluloid landscapes and darkened anechoic chambers. Highlighting such minimalist investigations as Ikeda’s meditations on the gulf between ones and zeros, this show will nevertheless be an expansive, multisensory affair—underscoring that sound’s possibilities in art may be as infinite as a repeating decimal.