Of art
and technology
9—19 May '24
Braga, Portugal
09.05.2024
Thursday
21:30

Ryoji Ikeda

ultratronics [live set] 

Theatro Circo (Sala Principal)

20€ (10€ cartão quadrilátero)

Tickets

M/6

Warning: show not recommended for people with epilepsy due to lighting effects.

A new album by one of the great composers of our time is, in itself, an obvious reason for excitement. Add to that the fact that it’s been almost ten years since we’ve heard a new release from Ryoji Ikeda, and the anticipation becomes even greater.

The Japanese-born artist’s latest album, ultratronics, was released in December 2022 on codex | edition, the label Ikeda founded in 2018, and on the German label notion. The album features material recorded between 1989 and 1999, along with more recent compositions (2013-2022). In it, the author, who has also established himself as a visual artist over the last two decades, intersects a return to his beginnings with a reflection on his more recent work.

The two universes of Ikeda’s expression – electronic music and digital art – converge in ultratronics [live set]. After premiering in Tokyo in 2022, the performance is scheduled to tour Europe in 2024, including a stop at INDEX.

Ryoji Ikeda

Few artists have such a formidable career in both electronic music composing and the visual arts. Ryoji Ikeda is not only one of Japan’s leading contemporary creators, he is also one of the great artists of our time.

Ikeda explores the aesthetics and the precision of mathematical patterns of sound and images created by light, which he orchestrates in a unique way. His albums such as +/- (1996), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005) and supercodex (2013) have pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music. More recently, Ikeda’s audiovisual performances and installations have earned him a place in some of the world’s leading art centres – from superposition (2012), which premiered in at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, to music for percussion (2016) and 100 cymbals (2019).

Ryoji Ikeda

Support: Portuguese Republic – Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts. RTCP – Network of Portuguese Theatres and Cinemas