data.anatomy [civic] is a new audiovisual installation by the acclaimed Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda,arising from a unique collaboration with Mitsuru Kariya, the development leader of the new Honda Civic. Exhibited as a 3-screen video projection, data.anatomy [civic] immerses viewers in an intricate yet vast audiovisual composition derived from the entire data set of the car.
The unprecedented cooperation is the result of numerous discussions. They concluded with the artist invitation to explore the complete and uncensored technical vehicle data. In his work, Ikeda abstracts the complexity of the physical object into a captivated aesthetic experience.
“The core of my work is the composition of music, materials, physical phenomena and abstract concepts. In this project the invisible multi-substance of the vehicle data is subject of my composition” said Ryoji Ikeda. “As a Japanese artist, I have great respect for Honda’s long tradition of excellence and innovation in engineering. My installation verse on the diversity of ideas, beauty and ephemeral concepts that are embodied in the car”.
“Over the past four years my team and I were dedicated to the design and development of the new Civic. The way our work is interpreted by Ryoji Ikeda is an extraordinary honour for all of us”, says Mitsuru Kariya, technical director Honda Civic. “Everyone who is involved in the project, is thrilled by the result”.
The installation opened at MUMA (Kraftwerk) Berlin on April 19th and last till May 5th 2012.
The amaaaaazinggggg video shown below was created by data.anatomy team on the installation with some insights from Ryoji
Free translation by me from original in german at http://www.mumaberlin.de/programm.html