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Ryoji Ikeda • test pattern [times square]

U.S. Premiere
Wed, Oct 1–Fri, Oct 31

Times Square


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Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern is brought outdoors and reimagined for Times Square as the October Midnight Moment. From 11:57pm to midnight each night in October, 47 digital screens over five blocks will be taken over by tightly synchronized, flickering black-and-white imagery—mining data for mathematical beauty.

Exclusive Sound Experience

Midnight Moment Exclusive Sound Experience at Times Square
Thu, Oct 16, from 11:57pm–midnight
Duffy Square in Times Square

Enjoy Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern [times square] with a special coordinated soundtrack. Headphones will be available to the public on a first-come/first-served basis to view the work as a fully immersive experience. Pick up your headphones starting at 11pm. Viewing will begin at 11:57pm.

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About Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda (b. 1966) is a leading Japanese electronic composer, sound, and visual artist who lives and works in Paris and Kyoto. In his rigorous practice, he uses mathematical principles and aesthetics to focus on the essential characteristics of sound and light. Ikeda elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. He has performed and exhibited worldwide at venues including Centre Pompidou Paris, Sónar Festival Barcelona, Tate Modern London, Barbican Center London, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin and Festival d’Automne in Paris. test pattern, a project that has taken many forms, was previous imagined for the Park Avenue Armory in 2011, and his US debut work the transcendental was seen as part of Crossing the Line 2010.

Co-presented with Times Square Arts and Times Square Advertising Coalition

Image: test pattern © Liz Hingley

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