‘transfinite’ by ryoji ikeda at the park avenue armory in new york city, USA above image © kain vuong

‘the transfinite’ by japanese artist and electronic composer ryoji ikeda is a large-scale digital installation and sonic landscape that explore the concept of infinity, rationality, and the beauty of data. commissioned by the park avenue armory in new york city, the project is ikeda’s first work in the united states.

featuring a projection screen measuring 13.7m tall by 1.3m wide, the installation bisects the space of the hall with pulsating patterns of real-time binary analysis of the artist’s soundtrack. a fully-immersive audio and visual experience, ‘the transfinite’ enables visitors to interact with the scrolling information on a personal and intimate level.

‘to me, the purest beauty is the world of mathematics. its perfect assemblage of numbers, magnitudes and forms persist, independent of us. the aesthetic experience of the sublime in mathematics is awe-inspiring. it is similar to the experience we have when we confront the vast magnitude of the universe, which always leaves us open-mouthed… this project explores the transfinite (the infinite that is quantitative and ordered) intersection that lies between such polarizations – the beautiful and the sublime; music and mathematics; performance and installation; composer and visual artist: black and white; 0s and 1s’ -ryoji ikeda

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © marius watz

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © marius watz

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © marius watz

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © marius watz

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © agent j loves agent a

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © marius watz

ryoji ikeda: transfinite image © sheena matheiken

ryoji ikeda: transfinite

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