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    Festival d’Automne à Paris
    156 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris

William Forsythe
x Ryoji Ikeda


Visual Arts


    In this exhibition, William Forsythe, the iconoclastic choreographer and the multi-disciplinary musician Ryoji Ikeda present their artwork simultaneously. These two mesmerizing installations make for a mentally and physically engaging experience.
    The former is a choreographer who, not content with having revolutionized “classical” ballet, has always been an exponent of choreography - which, says he, is not to be confused with dance.The latter, one of the leading figures in electronic music, approaches music in conjunction with its spatial and visual arts-related dimensions. Between William Forsythe, American but previously based in Frankfurt, whose work says much about his passion for music, and Ryoji Ikeda, Japanese but based in Paris, who made his artistic début as part of the groundbreaking Dumb Type collective, their paths were bound to cross. After collaborating in 2006 on Forsythe’s Antipodes I/II installation and then jointly presenting other installations on several occasions, spectators will once again be given the opportunity to compare their visual arts-based work. Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time N°2, an installation initially created in an abandoned building in New York and whose shape adapts to each new environment forms part of William Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects. It consists of hundreds of pendulum hanging in a space, prompting the visitor to rethink the relationship between his or her body and the space. It invites the visitor to be the activating force behind the work, he or she becoming its choreographer. As for Ryoji Ikeda, he presents a new, monumental variant of his Test Pattern project, in which he translates and materializes the influx of data (sounds, texts, photographs and films) which submerge our everyday lives. A hypnotic succession of black and white motifs, barcodes generated by the real time conversion of sound waves, unfurl before us at a dizzying rate in synch with the music. Spectators are invited on a journey into the confines of their perception, and with it, a meditation on the limits of their condition.

    Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time Nº2
    Devised by William Forsythe
    Producer, Julian Gabriel Richter
    Technical conception and realization, Max Schubert
    Construction, Christian Schubert
    Programming, Sven Thöne

    Co-produced by The Forsythe Company ; Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of the Arts // The installation was first shown on the 24th August 2013 as part of the Ruhrtriennale 2013

    test pattern [n°13]
    Devised and composed by Ryoji Ikeda
    Infography and programming, Tomonaga Tokuyama

    Produced by Ryoji Ikeda Studio (Paris, Kyoto) // The « test pattern » series of installations began in 2008 at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.In association with La Villette (Paris) ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris

    Around William Forsythe x Ryoji Ikeda at la Villette, two more exhibitions :

    William Forsythe: "Choreographic Objects"
    October 15 - December 22
    Gagosian gallery / Le Bourget
    26 Avenue de l'Europe - 93350 Le Bourget
    Opening: Sunday October,  14h – 18h

    Parallel to the evolution of his choreographic performances, William Forsythe has been working for more than twenty years on installations, film works, and discrete, interactive sculptures that he calls "choreographic objects." Consistent with his expanded conceptual aim of activating or 'choreographing' the lay observer, the Choreographic Objects prompt the conscious engagement of viewers in a given environment. In the Le Bourget gallery,  Forsythe presents selected works from recent years, including the thrilling and majestic spectacle of Black Flags (2015), a composition for two robotic standard bearers, and the intimately scaled Towards the Diagnostic Gaze, with which viewers may actively engage. None of these works has previously been seen in Paris. None of these works has previously been seen in Paris.

    Ryoji Ikeda
    Almine Rech Gallery
    29 novembre–21 décembre
    64 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
    More information in September