Ryoji Ikeda

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MAY 4 - JUN 20, 2001 Mica Moca, Milan, IT

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda

commissioned by Mica Moca, 2001

spectra is a series of large scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural material. The installations are designed in response to specific gallery spaces or public sites selected by the artist. White light is one of the purest forms of transformation from electricity. We see a pure state of energy. Through these installations we witness how the pure transformation transforms the environment itself and ourselves.

White light includes the full colour spectrum. With the light-installation, the perceiver receives colour information into his/her eyes instantly and so intensely that he / she cannot see anything, just like in darkness. The installation therefore becomes almost invisible. Consequently, the art works provoke a feeling of something indescribable, something sublime and unearthly, something unforgettable.
  • aesthetics
    • installation-based
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    • Art and Science
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Technology & Material
spectra |ˈspektrə|, plural form of spectrum
spectrum |ˈspektrəm|, noun (pl. -tra |-trə|)

1 a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their differentdegrees of refraction according to wavelength.
• ( the spectrum) the entire range of wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.
• an image or distribution of components of any electromagnetic radiation arranged in a progressive series according to wavelength.
• a similar image or distribution of components of sound, particles, etc., arranged according to such characteristics as frequency, charge, and energy.
2 used to classify something, or suggest that it can be classified, in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme or opposite points : the left or the right of the political spectrum.
• a wide range : self-help books are covering a broader and broader spectrum.
ORIGIN early 17th cent. (in the sense [specter] ): from Latin, literally ‘image, apparition,’ from specere ‘to look.’
  • Ikeda, Ryoji. date | place. Atelier de Création Radiophonique(ACR), France Culture: Èdition DIS VOIR, FR, 2010.
  • Yoshizaki, Kazuhiko and Kohsuke Murata Murata and Kazuya et. al. Kondo, ed. +/- [the infinite between 0 and 1]. : Kiyoshi Hayashi (Esquire Magazine Japan) and Access Publishing Co., 2009.
  • Barral, Xavier and Ryoji Ikeda and Caroline Naphegyi, ed. V =/ L Book. Paris, FR: Editions Xavier Barral, 2008.
  • Ikeda, Ryoji and Forma, ed. formula [book + dvd]. London: Forma UK and Cornerhouse Publication, 2005.