The paths of the Grec Festival XX and the Sonar will cross this year on the 17th of June at the Montjuic Amphitheatre. This new unison will take place during two plays of the visual artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda – a Japanese sound artist who uses frequencies which border human hearing. The most spectacular of these is the so called “Spectra” luminous display of massive proportions that uses white light as a sculpting material. It has been described as an “endless installation”, whose interpretation lies in the hands of its audience and which will be visible throughout Barcelona.
The other display called “Test Pattern” is an incredible audiovisual show which synchronizes sounds to images; the system converts data like text or photos or films into barcode patterns and binary sequences of 1’s and 0’s. In fact, Test Pattern contains so many high-pitched digital sounds that it has the capacity to damage the inside of the eardrum. Well worth a visit, the mix of Ikeda’s high-tech music with the surrounding greenery of the Montjuic Park promises to be unforgettable.