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Ryoji Ikeda


formula [book + dvd]
Published by forma www.forma.org.uk



Highly refined, this brand-new book covers Ryoji Ikeda’s concerts and exhibitions to date, plus exclusive dvd material.  Special limited edition also available.  Publication release date: Spring 2005



This is the first complete monograph about the seminal work of sound/new media artist Ryoji Ikeda.  Since 1995, Ikeda has diffused an aesthetic of ‘ultra minimalism’ to the art world through concerts, installations, and recordings.  He presents sublime imagery and manipulates acoustics to explore how sound can shape our experience of architectural space.  His works exploit the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and sound’s causality interaction with human perception.


With superb attention to detail and layout, formula [book + dvd] documents the artist’s latest projects, his landmark concerts and installations; and his collaborations with, amongst others, celebrated artist/musician Carsten Nicolai, acclaimed performance group Dumb Type and famous architect Toyo Ito.  All of the DVD content is only available here, with a 35 minute full video documentation of formula [prototype] concert filmed in Tokyo and 8 sound pieces from installation works.  The book features photographs, schematics and technical data, and full listings of Ikeda’s performances, exhibitions and releases, plus brand-new especially produced artwork from the artist’s data.series.  This new series of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works by Ikeda will use data as theme and material to explore the ways in which abstracted views of reality – data – are used to encode, understand and control the world.


Eagerly awaited, the publication comes in a numbered edition of 3,000.
A special limited edition of 100, available exclusively from Forma, includes a new print signed and numbered by the artist.


Ryoji Ikeda’s work reflects a fluid approach that defies established art form definitions.  formula (2000 – ), a work in constant development, is a concert in which the artist is not on stage.  Instead, a huge white screen and stage surface are the setting for an immersive world of projected images, punctuated by dazzling bursts of stroboscopic lighting.  Ikeda aims for the complete integration of the various elements, composing music, graphics and video, and orchestrating the relationships between them through a meticulous score.  formula occupies a space between the concert, cinema and installation.


The complete video documentation of Ikeda’s 2001 performance of formula in Tokyo is available on the DVD of the formula [book + dvd] package.
“Heard at its intended volume, Ikeda’s music is a total experience, a white-out of pure data… A sell-out audience sat spellbound by the visceral effect of sound.”
David Toop, Haunted Weather, Serpent’s Tail, 2004.


formula [book + dvd] reflects precise design and the artist’s flawless selection of surfaces and materials.  An exceptional publication, it provides a ‘heightened sensory experience’ in a similar way to his concerts, installations and sound works.


Ryoji Ikeda is represented by forma, one of Europe’s leading production agencies for innovative, interdisciplinary art.


‘formula [book + dvd] is a prime example of the precision of Ryoji Ikeda’s work in its conception and presentation.  The publication is both the essential catalogue of Ikeda’s groundbreaking work and a celebration of forma’s continuing relationship with this leading sound / visual artist producing his concerts and exhibitions worldwide.’
– David Metcalfe, Chief Executive, forma


To find out more about Ryoji Ikeda, please visit www.forma.org.uk.


For further press information, please contact:
Matthew Blackman, Hannah Civico | Forma
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Notes to editors:


Ryoji Ikeda


Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist, New York based Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of electronic tones and pulses and the essential characteristics of sound itself.  Music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as Ikeda explores sound as sensation.  Using digital technology to the utmost limit, Ikeda has been developing ‘microscopic methods’ for sound engineering and composition.


He has exhibited and performed at many of the world’s leading festivals and venues, including Centre Pompidou 2004 & 2001, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville 1999, and La Villette 2002 (all Paris); Sónar 1999 (Barcelona); Architectural Association 2002, Hayward Gallery 2000, Millennium Dome 2000, and Queen Elizabeth Hall 2000 (all London); Auditorium Parco della Musica 2003 (Rome); ICC 1999 (Tokyo); Göteborg Biennial 2003 (Göteborg).


His albums matrix (2000), 0ºC (1998) and +/- (1996) have been critically acclaimed as groundbreaking contemporary music works.  Employing sine waves, electronic “glitch” sounds, and white noise, these recordings show a precise and pared down sense of beauty.


Ikeda is also known internationally for his collaborative work, particularly with Japanese performance/media art group Dumb Type, German visual artist/composer Carsten Nicolai and Japanese architect Toyo Ito.


In 2001, Ikeda was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica prize for Digital Musics, and he was short listed for a World Technology Award in 2003.


Ryoji Ikeda is represented by forma worldwide.


formula [book + dvd]


The book and dvd are contained in a clear plastic slip-case in a numbered edition of 3000.
[book]: 186mm x 136mm, 96 pages, soft cover, with 62 full colour and 34 monochrome illustrations
[dvd]: features eight sound pieces from installation works and a 35-minute full video documentation of the formula [prototype] concert filmed in Tokyo.
Price: £25.00 | EUR 37.50.  Special limited edition price: £50.00 | EUR 75.00.  ISBN: 0-9548288-0-1
Published by Forma
Distributed by Cornerhouse Publications www.cornerhouse.org/publications
All texts in English
Special limited edition of 100 includes a print, signed and numbered by the artist.  This is available exclusively from Forma.
Visit www.forma.org.uk to order special limited edition.


forma


forma is one of Europe’s leading agencies for contemporary, cross-artform projects. It commissions, tours and publishes work worldwide, managing large-scale and technically innovative productions with flair.  Creating rich dialogues between artists, audiences and places, the company pioneers art projects that suggest new possibilities for our current and future culture.


In the last year, forma productions have been presented at major festivals and venues in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and USA.  We work with renowned artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Kim Gordon, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, Philippe Parreno, DJ Rupture, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Saburo Teshigawara and Richard Wilson, but we also work regularly with equally interesting artists at earlier stages of their careers.


For further information, please visit www.forma.org.uk
forma is supported by Arts Council England
                                                                     
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Her Noise [catalogue]
Published by forma [www.forma.org.uk]
Publication release date: November 05
Exhibition at the South London Gallery: 10 Nov – 18 Dec 05


ARTISTS:
Kim Gordon [in collaboration with Jutta Koether], Emma Hedditch, Christina Kubisch, Kaffe Matthews, Hayley Newman, Marina Rosenfeld


CONTRIBUTORS:
Jan Avgikos, Christoph Cox, Drew Daniel, Anna Dezeuze, Lina Dzuverovic,
Louise Gray, Anne Hilde Neset, Alan Licht, Thurston Moore, Rob Young


Edited by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset
Forma publishes a full colour catalogue to accompany the Her Noise season: a series of exhibitions, performances and screenings that maps the activity of international artists whose practice involves the use of sound as a medium. This catalogue forms an invaluable resource, highlighting the often overlooked contributions of women artists to the development of genres as disparate as Fluxus, performance art, punk and sound installation.
Featuring interviews with the participating artists, the publication includes a wealth of images. Essays by Thurston Moore, Christoph Cox and Drew Daniel, amongst others, explore how the energy of independent music communities and open-access composing techniques can reinvigorate the exhibition environment. With a strong historical focus, the catalogue looks at the influence of punk’s DIY ethos and the legacy of Fluxus on gallery-based practice today.
The launch of Her Noise [catalogue] will coincide with a major exhibition of newly commissioned installations at the South London Gallery, 10 Nov – 18 Dec 05. The Her Noise programme opened with Marina Rosenfeld’s project Emotional Orchestra at Tate Modern on 23 Sep 05 and continues throughout 2005 and 2006 at venues across the UK and internationally.
Her Noise is curated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset of Electra and is produced by Electra in association with forma
For further press information and images, please contact:
Hannah Civico, Communications Manager T +44 (0)191 230 4646
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Notes to Editors


Her Noise [catalogue]
All texts in English
230mm x 170mm, 68 pages, soft cover, illustrated colour throughout
Price: £12.00 | EUR 18.00.  ISBN: 0-9548288-1-X
Distributed by Cornerhouse Publications www.cornerhouse.org/publications
Catalogues are on sale at the South London Gallery for the exhibition duration.


forma: arts and media producers
forma is one of Europe’s leading agencies for contemporary, cross-artform projects. Working with artists, venues and festivals worldwide, forma produces, publishes and tours a programme of groundbreaking new hybrid forms of music, visual art, film, new media, dance, theatre and live art.


In the last year, forma productions have been presented at major festivals and venues in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and USA. We work with renowned artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Kim Gordon, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, Philippe Parreno, DJ Rupture, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Saburo Teshigawara and Richard Wilson, but we also work regularly with equally interesting artists at earlier stages of their careers.


forma collaborates with artists to develop projects over extended periods of time, forming unique relationships with practitioners and creating rich dialogues between artists, audiences and places.


For further information, please visit www.forma.org.uk
forma is supported by Arts Council England


Further titles published by forma
forma’s ambitious publishing programme presents limited edition prints and publications, exhibition catalogues, plus artists’ books and monologues.


Ryoji Ikeda ‘formula’ book/dvd
Published 2005
The first complete monograph about the seminal work of sound/new media artist Ryoji Ikeda, this highly refined book/dvd set covers the artists’ concerts and exhibitions to date and features exclusive dvd material.
£25 | EUR 37.50 | 96pp, softback, 62 full colour and 42 b/w illustrations


Anna Sanders Films ‘The In Between’
Co-published with Les Presses du Réel, 2003
Edited by Mathieu Copeland & David Metcalfe
Featuring works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Charles de Meaux, Philippe Parreno, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The In-Between is an essential publication on the work of the French production company Anna Sanders Films, a group of artists who have pioneered a new breed of cinema – one that is made by visual artists and shown most often in galleries, but increasingly is finding its way into cinemas and film festivals. The publication profiles the major film projects produced by this group, includes critical essays, film stills and production shots.
£18 | EUR 27.00 | 128 pp, hardback, with 89 full colour and 11 b/w images



To be published early 2006
Two artists’ books by Juan Cruz & Michael Dean, forming part of forma’s publishing project Other Plans, curated with Simon Morrisey.


Juan Cruz ‘Fog: A translation of Miguel De Unamuno’s Niebla’
Published February 2006
Artist Juan Cruz presents a fictional work in his personal translation of Miguel de Unamuno’s 1914 modernist Spanish novel, entitled ‘Fog’. Born in Spain to mixed English and Spanish parentage and moving to England as a child, Cruz’ work investigates the mechanisms of displacement, the gaps that exist in translation and the numerous ways in which place and cultural identity are linked.
With essay by Simon Morrissey.
£8 | EUR 12 | 200pp plus 12 page essay, b/w, softback


Michael Dean ‘Mountains & Triangles’
Published February 2006
Rooted in the minutiae of everyday life, Dean uses minimal phrases as his predominant mode of communication. His texts appear to evoke the fabric of everyday experience – here he presents a collection of new and existing work; these ‘word pictures’ – devoid of narrative or context – are drawn from his memories of growing up in the North East of England to present an intimate, yet fragmented portrait of 1980’s youth.
With essay by Simon Morrissey.
£8 | EUR 12 | 200pp plus 12 page essay, b/w, softback


‘Fog: A translation of Miguel De Unamuno’s Niebla’ and ‘Mountains & Triangles’ are available as set for £15 | EUR 22 for both volumes


Soundtrack for an Exhibition
Published Spring 2006
A catalogue to accompany the major exhibition at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, FR, from 7 March – 11 June 2006.
Soundtrack for an exhibition is a highly ambitious time-based project, featuring the work of
Susan Stenger, John Armleder, Steven Parrino, plus others. Curated by Mathieu Copeland, produced by forma and co-produced by the Musée d’Art Contemporain, the project comprises of three essential elements: a specially commissioned sound score by acclaimed musician and composer Susan Stenger, a feature film and an exhibition of paintings.


All forma publications are available from www.cornerhouse.org/publications


For full details visit www.forma.org.uk