Immersive RYOJI IKEDA exhibition open at 180 The Strand





A multi-sensory exploration of light and sound.

The Vinyl Factory and Fact, in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, present a new Ryoji Ikeda exhibition in 180 Studios, 180 The Strand open this May through September.

The largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever staged, including numerous world premieres, RYOJI IKEDA invites viewers to immerse themselves in Ikeda’s dynamic digital universe. A subterranean exploration of sound and light, the show takes viewers on a sensory journey through 180 Studios’ labyrinthine spaces.

The 12 artworks include the world premiere of Ikeda’s data-verse trilogy – a towering, triple-screen immersive project commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, and a site-specific, synapse-splitting new iteration of test pattern.

The exhibition also features never-seen-before installations such as: point of no return, an intense audio-visualisation that creates a virtual experience akin to entering a black hole; spectra III, a tunnel of strobe lighting that made its premiere at the 2019 Venice Biennale; and A (continuum) – a sound installation comprising six colossal Meyer SB-1 speakers.

Please note: Entry is via pre-booked ticket only. Tickets go on general sale from at 1pm on March 16, 2021.

Ikeda’s innovative work explores the essential characteristics of sound and light by means of mathematical precision and aesthetics. The artist engages with frequencies and scales difficult for the human ear and mind to comprehend, visualising sounds, and rendering the imperceptible through numerical systems and computer aesthetics.

By orchestrating sounds, visuals, materials, physics and mathematics, Ikeda goes beyond the conceptual to delve into extremes and infinites, testing the limits of human senses and digital technology. His long-term projects have taken a multiplicity of forms, from live performances and immersive audio-visual installations, to books and CDs, and have evolved over the years to encompass the latest iterations of his data-driven research.

Among those artworks premiering is the data-verse trilogy – a large-scale immersive project commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary in 2015. The installation will feature all three variations, shown for the first time together at 180 Studios, creating a rare opportunity for audiences to see the works in harmony in a new environment that is uniquely able to take on and maximise the trilogy’s’ scale. data-verse marks the conclusive chapter in Ikeda’s data-driven audio-visual research and aesthetics that first began in the early 2000s. It visualises and sonifies the different dimensions co-existing in our world, from the microscopic, to the human, to the macroscopic.

data-verse 1 first premiered at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale de Venezia in May 2019, followed by data-verse 2 which was unveiled in Tokyo Midtown in October 2019. data-verse 3 will be premiered in London in a mesmerising showing of the three chapters. The trilogy’s sublime medley of bright lights, visceral patterns charging at high frequencies, and constant yet calming acoustic will be positioned at the centre of the exhibition and will allow viewers an impactful moment of reflection on the vast data universe in which we live.

A new, site-specific version of test pattern will also be making its global debut. test pattern is a system that converts any type of data (text, sounds, photos and movies) into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s. Through its application, the project aims to examine the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception.

The exhibition will also include UK premieres of other hypnotic Ikeda artworks including: point of no return – an intense audio-visualisation that creates a virtual experience akin to entering a black hole; spectra III – a tunnel of strobe lighting that made its premiere at the 2019 Venice Biennale and has been readapted to reflect the scale of the 180 Studios show; and A (continuum) – a sound installation comprising six colossal Meyer SB-1 speakers that will act as minimalist sculptures.

This exhibition, produced and curated by The Vinyl Factory and Fact, follows five years of collaboration between Ryoji Ikeda and The Vinyl Factory, which includes the UK premieres of Ikeda’s supersymmetry in 2015 and test pattern [N°12] in 2017, as well as several vinyl albums and new commissions. Their latest venture will present twelve large-scale, multimedia works, six of which will be premiering on the global stage, and five will be showing for the first time in the UK. The exhibition is also the first show by a solo artist to take over multiple floors at 180 Studios, a space that has been adapted specifically for Ikeda’s work.


Tickets: Tickets go on general sale at 1pm on March 16, 2021.

Visitor Information:

Dates: May 20, 2021 – 18 September, 2021

Address: 180 Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

Opening times:

Wednesdays: 11am – 7pm
Thursdays: 12pm – 8pm
Fridays: 12pm – 9pm
Saturdays: 10am – 9pm
Sundays: 10am – 6pm

Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting

All visitors need their e-ticket on arrival to enter 180 The Strand

There will be no tickets available on the door

Please do not arrive more than 15 mins before your allocated ticket time


Tickets – £17

Concessions – £10 (18-25 year olds, job seekers, disabled)

Free – Under 18s, students, key workers and NHS staff

*Please bring valid ID. Only one code valid per order.

Please note: Entry is via pre-booked ticket only, operating in full compliance with Covid-19 guidelines. Read more about our safety procedures below.

Send all enquires to [email protected]

What to expect:

Carefully managed visitor numbers

There is a maximum of 25 people per time slot

A guided one-way route through the exhibition

Regular cleaning regimes in high use areas

Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery

There is no cloakroom so please avoid bringing large bags

Visiting Safely:

Please follow all the safety instructions onsite

Keep your distance and act on any guidance our staff give you

Wear a face covering, unless you are exempt

Pay by card or contactless

Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly

If you are not feeling well, help keep everyone safe by staying at home

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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For detailed information on COVID measures, ticket types and accessibility questions please visit the exhibition’s FAQs page.

Photo credit in order of appearance: data-verse, 180 Studios 2021. Photography: Jack Hems; test pattern, 180 Studios 2021. Photography: Jack Hems; point of no return, 180 Studios 2021. Photography: Jack Hems.