If projection mapping often seems superficial, tacked onto architecture as afterthought, Ryoji Ikeda finds the perfect site for his art in the row of circles at Fondation Vasarly, Aix-en-Provence.

There, as noise and beeps coolly hum away, a feed of sonic information flowing like a river, circle and square seem not just convenient geometry but genuine signifier. From moments of sublime abstraction, they become discs of data, portals into a microscope and then a telescope, distant worlds and mapped moons and weather patterns and oscilloscopes. There isn’t a distinction between the architecture and the content: the architecture becomes content. For a vision of what fluid architectural interfaces of the future might be, in fact, this demonstrates the forms of the building remade as displays, speaking volumes.

And even our short-attention span Internet, you may find yourself lost in reverie even in this video.

Site-specific work:

OCT 10-13, 2013 Fondation Vasarely, Marseille-Provence 2013, Aix-en-Provence, FR
concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa

Documentation: Cyril Meroni.

Photo credit: Ryoji Ikeda.

Yeah, he’s still got it.

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