Ryoji Ikeda’s ‘The Transfinite’

Ryoji Ikeda's The Transfinite

Ryoji Ikeda's The Transfinite

Ryoji Ikeda's The Transfinite

I came across these videos by the Brooklyn Digital Foundry of Ryoji’ Ikeda’s giant installation The Transfinite and was immediately in love with it. The installation resides in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall of Park Avenue Armory, which is an immense space itself. He’s basically created a giant screen that both rests on the ground and rises up like a movie theater would. As a viewer though, you’re submerged into this displayed information, which is almost overwhelming seeming. Here’s how the Armory describes it:

Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data. His work uses scale, light, shade, volume, shadow, electronic sounds, and rhythm to flood the senses. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, Ikeda conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite.

If I was in New York I would see this in a heartbeat. I’ve never seen an installation like this before which is so overwhelming and absorbing. The show only has two more weeks though, it closes on June 11, so if you’re in the area get out there and soak it in.


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