The Vinyl Factory and Fact present RYOJI IKEDA immersive audiovisual exhibition at 180 The Strand

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A multi-sensory exploration of light and sound.


It is with deep regret that, following the Government announcement of tighter Covid restrictions this week, we’re unable to open the Ryoji Ikeda exhibition at this time.

At 180, the safety of our visitors comes first and we will be in touch soon with regards to the dates we will open the show, which we plan to do early in the new year.

We will be offering all ticket holders the chance to retain their booking or refund their tickets. Please bear with us while we process these requests.

We look forward to opening the doors to you in early 2021 to experience this breathtaking exhibition.

The Vinyl Factory and Fact are presenting a new RYOJI IKEDA exhibition at 180 Studios – in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, opening this November.

Featuring the largest collection of the artist’s work in Europe to date, as well as world premieres of never-before-seen works, RYOJI IKEDA invites viewers to immerse themselves in Ryoji Ikeda’s thought-provoking and highly-charged dynamic digital universe.

Imagined by Ikeda as a subterranean exploration of sound and light, the exhibition will take viewers on a sensory journey of 180 Studios’ labyrinth-like spaces, which seem to defy the building’s scale.

Visitor Information:

Opening Times: 12 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

Thursdays – Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

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

Tickets: Buy

Pre-booking required:

Tickets – £20 (Double Ticket £30 – with code: Double)

Concessions – £10 (18-25 year olds, Jobseekers, Disabled – with code: Concession)

Free – Under 18s (code: Under18), Students (code: Student), Keyworker and NHS Staff (code: Keyworker)

*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.

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.


Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting

All visitors need to book a ticket

There will be no tickets available on the door

Items in the store will be available

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


Pre-booking required:

Tickets – £20 (Double Ticket £30 – code: Double)

Concessions – £10 (18-25 year olds, Jobseekers, Disabled – code: Concession)

Free – Under 18s (code: Under18), Students (code: Student), Keyworker and NHS Staff (code: Keyworker)

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

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs

Content guidance: This exhibition includes strobing, flashing lights, loud noise and high lumen artificial light which can be avoided.


Carefully managed visitor numbers

A one-way route

Hosts will escort groups through the exhibition

Increased cleaning regimes in high use areas

Protective screens on desks and counters

Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery

There is no cloakroom, so please avoid bringing luggage


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

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Photo credits in order of appearance: data-verse 2 (2019) © Ryoji Ikeda Studio. Courtesy of the artist and Audemars Piguet; data-verse 1, installation at the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2019, © Ryoji Ikeda, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia, the artist and Audemars Piguet; point of no return, 2018 © Ryoji Ikeda, ©Taipei Fine Arts Museum; test pattern [no12] site-specific installation, 2017© Ryoji Ikeda. courtesy of The Vinyl Factory