Ryoji Ikeda’s largest European show is coming to 180 Studios, 180 The Strand in May

New immersive installations will bring the building’s cavernous spaces to life

UPDATED 12 MARCH 2021: Ryoji Ikeda will be taking over 180 Studios, 180 The Strand from 20 May 2021, with a mammoth solo show that will globally premiere dizzying new works.

Produced by The Vinyl Factory and Fact in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, RYOJI IKEDA is the Japanese artist’s largest-ever European exhibition. It will commandeer multiple floors of the cavernous brutalist building. Twelve immersive artworks – five of which have never been seen by the public before – will activate 180 Studios, 180 The Strand’s specially-adapted volumes, turning them into immersive digital worlds.

'a continuum', 2018 (c) Ryoji Ikeda (c) Éditions Xavier Barral, 2018Photography: Patrick Gries
‘a continuum’, 2018 (c) Ryoji Ikeda (c) Éditions Xavier Barral, 2018Photography: Patrick Gries

Ikeda has developed a cult following for his work, which probes the limits of human senses through technology. He combines almost imperceptible frequencies, numeric sequences, digital technologies and scales to create immersive environments that disrupt the experience of space and time.

For the first time, Ikeda’s expansive data-verse trilogy (commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary) will be shown together, making a boon of the building’s vast scale. A new site-specific version of test pattern will also debut along with other UK premiers, including point of no return, which mimics the experience of stepping into a black hole.

Last year was tough for the art world due to the pandemic, but RYOJI IKEDA sees 180 Studios, 180 The Strand finally come out of hibernation. Tickets are available for pre-purchase only, and bookable in 15-minute slots. Guest numbers will also be restricted in line with the latest government guidelines, offering a unique opportunity to see Ikeda’s work up close with no crowds, just small groups, and staged in enormous spaces.

The solo exhibition celebrates five years of collaboration between Ikeda and The Vinyl Factory family and is Fact magazine’s inaugural curatorial adventure, having spent 20 years showcasing the intersection of electronic music and digital art.

Visual render of the new Fact Space. Courtesy of Fact / The Vinyl Factory (c)
Visual render of the new Fact Space. Courtesy of Fact / The Vinyl Factory (c)

‘RYOJI IKEDA’ will be a ticketed exhibition.
Full price is £15; concessions £10 for 18-25-year-olds, jobseekers and disabled.
It will be opening May 20 2021 through August 1 2021, at 180 Studios, 180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA.
Entry will be free for NHS staff, key workers, students and under 21s with valid ID, and is via pre-booked ticket only, operating in full compliance with Covid-19 guidelines.
Send all enquiries to exhibitions@180thestrand.com

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