test pattern

Ryoji Ikeda


Phi Centre
407 St-Pierre Street
Space A

September 15, 2012 - 8:00 pm


The Phi Centre in association with DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present test pattern. A live set that puts forth a stark and powerful, highly synchronized soundtrack along with an intense display of flickering black and white imagery that floats and convulses in the darkness.
 test pattern is also a real-time computer program that converts Ikeda’s audio signal patterns into tightly corresponding barcode patterns presented on-screen. The ultra-fast speed of the changing images, which is some hundreds of frames per second, provides a performance test for the audio and visual devices, as well as a response test for the audience’s threshold of perception. The result is a fascinating and physical experience. This project is part of Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics series that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world.

Tickets available at the Phi Centre



Ryoji Ikeda is born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan. He now lives and works in Paris. He has performed and exhibited worldwide including Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; MIT, Boston; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Sónar Festival Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma; lCC, Tokyo; Art Beijing; Göteborg Biennale; MUTEK Festival (Mexico), Elektra Festival in Montréal where he performed 4 times by their invitation and many other electronic music festivals and small DJ clubs.


Photo: Liz Hingley