‘A sculptural wall installation, data.film consists of a series of 35mm film mounted in a light box. The image on the film is constructed from microscopically printed data codes and patterns from pure digital sources, while the unusual proportions of the light box (4 cm high, 10 metres wide, 4 cm deep) create a long, narrow strip of film. Only upon close examination by the viewer can the film and its contents be recognised.
data.tron and data.film mark exciting new developments in Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics series, a long-term programme of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works. This body of work uses data as its theme and material to explore the ways in which abstracted views of reality – data – are used to encode, understand and control the world.’