Ryoji Ikeda’s piece at Park Avenue Armory

Ryoji Ikeda’s “The Transfinite” (2011)

I chose to read into Monica’s post on Ryoji Ikeda’s “The Transfinite” installation. I agree with her comments on how the piece is definitely a piece for all ages, as it’s hard not to enjoy the strong visual and auditory sensations effects. Ikeda is able to manipulate scientific data, taking the continuous streams of 0s and 1s to create abstract visuals along with synchronized beats. What’s interesting beyond her analysis is how the artist also leverages 9 small screens mounted around the large installation to allow for free-play by visitors with endless scrolling data. I think this is able to create more context for the viewer and truly allow data to consume them as the artist and space suggests.




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