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Shustak: Stuart Page and data.tron (Prototype) : Ryoji Ikeda


Sat 12 Jul 2008, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: The MIC - Toi Rerehiko, Level 1, 321 Karangahape Road, Newton

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: hilary

Ryoji Ikeda is widely recognized as Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist and is renowned for his acclaimed solo concerts, installations, recordings and collaborative work with international luminaries such as William Forsythe, Toyo Ito and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Working across both visual and sonic media Ikeda explores the ways in which music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods.

Ikeda’s data.tron installation was produced as part of the of the datamatics project. Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished series of works. Data.tron is a dramatic, intense and deeply absorbing audiovisual concert, where every pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. These images are projected onto a large screen at an extremely fast rate, up to four times faster than normal film, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and total immersion within the work.

Stuart Page has mounted an extensive meta-narrative and a sustained conversation in pieces, part wild homage and part quiet ode to the life and work of Larence Shustak. Shustak, an American, the son of Jewish immigrants, discovered photography while in the military and gave up a career in the States to come and teach at the edge of the world in New Zealand.

Page will be presenting a multifaceted portrait of the man as artist, teacher, friend, father, husband, provocateur, agitator, character. This exhibition brings into relief the creative dynamic between Shustak and Page, their shared and renewed interest in the visual language of the street, graffiti and living in an ever-changing sign - age. Page combines his own mix of unconventional ‘talking head’ interviews with a breath taking selection of photos and original 16mm films scanning his former teacher’s career from stunning Harlem social photo essays to provocative fish eye nudes, and from stark black and white 16mm shorts to lush Polaroid’s. This exhibition is an exceptionally beautiful and extraordinary testament to the depth and breadth of the inimitable talent of Larence Shustak.

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