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Two exhibitions
dal 13/6/2012 al 17/11/2012

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Myriam Achard

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Two exhibitions

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal

Spanning the microscopic to the infinite, Ryoji Ikeda's performances, installations and artworks variously produce sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data - sometimes in extraordinary combinations. For over a decade Alexandre Burton has been producing artworks using digital technologies, now he presents the world premier of the installation Impacts.

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June 14, 2012 — November 18, 2012

Ryoji Ikeda

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is delighted to present Ryoji Ikeda’s first survey exhibition in North America.

A fascinating and troubling poet of the digital age, Ikeda’s profound investigations in sound, time and space have their basis in mathematical methods which result in works of spare, sublime, if occasionally ear-splitting beauty. Spanning the microscopic to the infinite, his performances, installations and artworks variously produce sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data - sometimes in extraordinary combinations.

The artist has conceived a conceptual counterpoint between DHC/ART’s two buildings: the main space will display framed works, light boxes, sculptural works and works on paper under the rubric systematics. In the Satellite space Ikeda will present audiovisual projects, orchestrated as a symphonic whole, from the datamatics series which tests the limits of perception by visualizing the invisible data streams which permeate our world.

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

Alongside pure musical activities, Ikeda has been working on long-term installation projects: datamatics (2006-) consisting of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore how abstracted views of reality are used to encode, understand and control the world. The project test pattern (2008-) has developed a system that converts any type of data - text, sounds, photos and movies - into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. The series spectra (2001-) consists of large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural material transforming public locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Nagoya.

Elements of this installation were provided by Park Avenue Armory.

With the cooperation of Gallery Koyanagi.

The exhibition of Ryoji Ikeda is supported by the Japan Foundation.

This exhibition is presented within the first International Digital Arts Biennal (BIAN 2012).


June 14, 2012 - October 21, 2012

Alexandre Burton

Curator Cheryl Sim

The PHI Centre presents the world premier of IMPACTS curated by DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art.

For over a decade, award-winning artist Alexandre Burton has been producing artworks using digital technologies both on his own and as a member of the Montreal-based groupe artificiel. Burton’s newest installation entitled IMPACTS, curated by DHC/ART and presented at the PHI Centre is no exception to the rule. Tesla coils each fitted with a glass pane and suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space make up the components of this “live” sculptural installation. The presence of the visitor before each sculptural device activates an audio and visual experience. The visitor’s proximity to the works engages arcs of electricity of variable intensities as well as a rhythmic articulation, generated by the impact of the electrical arc on the glass pane. In this way, Burton’s self description as a digital luthier makes complete sense.

As a symbolic and sonic source, the Tesla coil’s ability to throw electric arcs has been employed by a wide spectrum of artists, from Doug Hall to Björk. With this new work, Alexandre Burton proposes the use of plasma, (loosely defined as an electrically neutral medium of positive and negative particles), as matter and medium itself, circumscribed by a defined frame and articulated through unique programming. In this way, IMPACTS serves as a reminder of the danger and muscle of this marvel while capturing its sublime beauty and rhythmic potential.

IMPACTS is also presented as part of the BIAN (International Digital Arts Biennial).

This installation is presented at the PHI Center: 407, St-Pierre

Image: Alexandre Burton

Media Information: Myriam Achard
Director of Communications and Public Relations 514 844.7474 # 5104 machard@phi-centre.com

A lunch-time talk with internationally renowned artist, Ryoji Ikeda. Taking place on Thursday, June 14th at 12 PM at the new PHI Centre, the artist will be interviewed by our curator, John Zeppetelli and the public will be invited to take part in the discussion.

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