The Strand has welcomed an ultra-immersive Ryoji Ikeda exhibition.
The innovative Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda has brought London a brand new installation, and it’s just as immersive and thought-provoking as his former works. The self-titled exhibition is also be his largest in Europe to date, so there’ll be plenty to feast your eyes on. In 2017, he brought a mesmerising floor installation to the studios at 180 The Strand and it consisted of intense strobing lights, known as ‘Test Pattern [№ 12]‘. It was quite the sight to behold and fans have been patiently waiting for another epic exhibition to take place ever since. Well, there is no time like the present!
The exhibition also takes place at the Strand art gallery, opening back in May. A collaboration between The Vinyl Factory and Fact brought this digital universe to life, and displays some of Ikeda’s most popular works as well as plenty of new mind-bending additions. It promises to take viewers on a sensory journey through the maze-like studio space, making you question perception, time, and space…
Those attending will get to experience the feeling of entering a black hole (well, as close as you can get through an art installation). You can also look forward to a tunnel of strobe lighting, large speaker sculptures, and a new and improved Test Pattern experience. Ikeda is known for engaging with frequencies and aesthetics that challenge the human ear and mind, so if you feel inspired, overwhelmed and/or completely out of body, that is all part of the process.
Described as a “multi-sensory exploration of light and sound”, Ryoji Ikeda’s show has been the talk of the town – in fact, the installation has proved so popular that the gallery extended it a further month. Still, it has to end on September 18, so there are only limited opportunities remaining to immerse yourself in this technological wonderland!