Ryoji Ikeda supercodex [live set]

Gray Area is thrilled to host internationally renowned creator Ryoji Ikeda, performing "supercodex [live set]", and audio visual live concert, co-presented with Ars Citizen as part of Ars Citizen's "Ryoji Ikeda in San Francisco."

supercodex [live set] is a concert taken from the eponymous 2013 album that has been exploring the potential between ‘data of sound’ and ‘sound of data’. Taking the shape of an audiovisual concert supercodex [live set] uses raw data and mathematical models to generate music and projections. A continuation of superposition (2012) which focuses on quantum information, the concert reworks musical concepts from this work into an immersive club show.

What at first sounds like a battle of digital noise, blips and bass drones, gradually engages the listener with elements of techno and dance music, Live, the use of stark visuals add textures of percussion making it difficult to distinguish between the senses. Ikeda uses different and continuous fragments to construct one flux; creating a union between visual and auditory dimensions which reveals, between codes and calculations, a beating heart as well as the arithmetical and computational essence of sound


Ryoji Ikeda

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. Fascinated by data, light and sound, he shapes music, time and space by mathematical methods and explores these phenomena as sensation, pulling apart their physical properties to reveal their relationships with human perception.

Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Since 1995, he has been intensely active through concerts, installations, and recordings, integrating sound, acoustics and sublime imagery. He has been hailed by critics as one of the most radical and innovative contemporary composers for his live performances, sound installations and album releases.

Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as 'datamatics' (2006-), 'test pattern' (2008-), 'spectra' (2001-), ‘cyclo.’ a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, ‘superposition’ (2012-), 'supersymmetry' (2014-) and ‘micro | macro’ (2015-).

He performs and exhibits worldwide at spaces such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, The Metropolitan Museum New York, Singapore Art Museum, Ars Electronica Center Linz, Elektra Festival Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals Barcelona, Aichi Triennale Nagoya, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Park Avenue Armory New York, The Whitechapel Gallery London, The Barbican Centre and Somerset House London, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, DHC/Art Montreal, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Sharjah Biennale, Carriageworks Sydney, Auckland Triennale, MONA Museum Hobart – Tasmania, Ruhrtriennale, Telefonica Foundation Madrid and Kyoto Experiment Festival, ACT Centre Gwangju (Korea), Singapore Art Science Museum, Kunstverein Hannover, RuhrTriennale, Festival d’Automne and Pompidou Center , Barbican, The Vinyl Factory, among others.

In 2016 he premiered a new acoustic stage piece music for percussion in collaboration with ensemble Eklekto (Geneva) currently on tour.

In 2017, he was part of group exhibitions such as Elevation 1049: Avalanche (Gstaad, CH), Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen, DK), Centre Pompidou Metz (FR), La Villette/Festival d’Automne (Paris, FR), UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (Los Angeles, USA). He recently presented a drone symphony, A [for 100 cars], commissioned by Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles.

His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005), test pattern (2008) and supercodex (2013) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor-sharp techniques and aesthetics. The Solar System (2016) a limited edition vinyl was released by The Vinyl Factory in 2016. In 2017 he released the vinyl music for percussion with a CD to come.

Ikeda is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014.


Cullen Miller

Cullen Miller

Cullen Miller is a systems artist, spatial-media designer, and composer. His projects vary in nature but typically fall within the spectrum of media architecture, sound design, installation, composition, and systems design. Reared in Detroit, he relocated to San Francisco pursuing curatorial work with Gray Area, SFCMP, and to teach digital signal processing. He currently spends his days designing and engineering systems architecture. He has released recordings under numerous aliases and organizes the concert series, FINITE. His performances and installations have been exhibited internationally in various museums, galleries, and clubs.


Ars Citizen

Ars Citizen is an independent art-commissioning and curatorial platform committed to advancing the production and diffusion of contemporary art and ideas.

Founded in San Francisco, a center of global influence today, Ars Citizen brings the excellence of international artists to Bay Area’s leaders of cultural, educational, technological and social innovation. Through collaborative partnerships, it aims to commission, produce and promote insightful works while generating relevantly conceived programs with educational vocation.

Ars Citizen values long-term commitment, networking synergy and international dialogue, and seeks to resonate with the contemporary world, its complexity and pressing challenges.

In summer 2017, Ars Citizen launched its inaugural project, Sophie Calle Missing, the largest in-depth survey to date in America of the renowned conceptual French artist.

Conceived as a multi-venue exhibition with collateral programming, the project was organized in partnership with major art and culture institutions across the San Francisco Bay Area. The site-related exhibition presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts Culture received more than 15,000 international and local visitors, setting a record attendance for the institution.

Ars Citizen is thrilled to work once again with various partners throughout the city of San Francisco to introduce Ryoji Ikeda with the first major project in Northern California of the internationally acclaimed Paris-based composer and artist.

The live audiovisual concert “supercodex [live set]” at Gray Area, Jan. 9, is part of a larger triptych combining the different strands of Ikeda’s practice with “A”, a site-specific exhibition at Minnesota Street Project (temporary Ars Citizen space and office, 2nd floor), Jan. 9-21, and an artist book release with onestar press and Untitled Art FairJan. 10-14

Recombinant Media Labs

The Recombinant Media Labs organization was founded to research the qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema. It does so by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that propagate the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic AV exhibition. RML acts as producer and presenter of hybrid artworks and performance archiving based on spatial media synthesis; intermodal works using image, light, sound and other disseminated media in three-dimensional space. The CineChamber is RML's curated, nomadic platform under the artistic trajectory of founder & Director Naut Humon plus a superhuman crew.