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Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda, wins the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN

Ryoji Ikeda: micro | macro

Impressions of the exhibition As a prelude to the exhibition "infosphere" presents the composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda in the bays 1 + 2 of the ZKM large format, based on the architectural projections and soundscapes, in which visitors will be able to fully submerge. With "the planck universe [micro]" and "the planck universe [macro]" a series of new works of art will be presented, which, inspired by the dialogue between the artist and scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN operates the largest laboratory for particle physics worldwide. Ikeda's new synaesthetic works are based on principles of particle physics and cosmology and visualize - inspired by a Supersymmetry mentioned time and space theory - the different scales and magnitudes of the universe.

Video documentation: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Ryoji Ikeda: micro | macro from ZKM | Karlsruhe on Vimeo.


Ryoji Ikeda: "supersymmetry"

Ryoji Ikeda "supersymmetry" from YCAM on Vimeo.

Internationally renowned musician and artist, Ryoji Ikeda has just finished his residency at CERN, after a two week stay in campus, completing the time he started last summer. The residency provides artists with time and space to reflect, research and renew their artistic practice. Ryoji did this by deeply exploring the multi dimensional work of CERN science, through meetings with some of the physicists at CERN, including experts on extra dimensions and super symmetry. He even met with the man in charge of the LHC himself, Frédérick Bordry the Director of the LHC, and with Sergio Bertolucci our Director of Research and Computing. Ryoji spent much of his time studying intensively - as this snapshot of some of his notes above shows. He has said the residency will affect him for years to come and has promised to attribute Collide@CERN to any work coming out of his time with us. So watch out! In the meantime, his piece SuperSymmetry, partly inspired by his time at CERN last year, opens in London, UK at the Vinyl Factory on April 23rd.

Ryoji Ikeda is one of the world’s leading artists who create moving-image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world.

The Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda, started his Collide@CERN residency in July 2014. He is now back just when the excitement of the LHC turning on starts happening.


Watch Ryoji Ikeda's opening lecture of his residency at CERN:

Ryoji Ikeda

14 Jan 2014

Linz/Geneva, 14 January 2014.  CERN data analysis will be the inspiration for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN, which was today awarded to the Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda, who lives and works in Paris.

Ryoji Ikeda is one of the world’s leading artists who create moving-image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. The Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN jury said that they were impressed by his ambitious research project to look at data in quantum dimensions.

“We are delighted that this renowned artist who has an international reputation for his audio/visual installations, which combine outstanding technological and artistic skills, is our third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN award winner”, said Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica Linz. “It will be fascinating to see how CERN’s science and technology influences the direction of his work for years to come.”

 “It is fantastic that an artist of his calibre sees CERN’s processing and analysis of data as a source of inspiration”, said CERN’s Director-General Rolf Heuer. “The CERN data centre handles about one petabyte of data every day – the equivalent of around 210,000 DVDs – from the experiments at the LHC, so it is appropriate that the heart of our scientific discoveries will become the heart of artistic discovery too.”

Ikeda will visit CERN with his mentor from the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Spring 2014, for an initial induction visit, when he will be matched with his science inspiration partner from CERN. Owing to heavy international commitments, Ikeda will spread his residency over two years, starting the first part of his residency at CERN in July 2014. He will appear twice at the Ars Electronica Festival: in 2014 and at the end of his residency in 2015.

“The residency at CERN and Ars Electronica Futurelab gives me the extremely valuable freedom of time and space to research and explore new areas at CERN - one of the world’s leading centres of technology - without any pressure, which is something I have been longing for, ” said Ikeda. “I am very excited to begin.”

The jury also awarded an Honorary Mention to the German installation artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis5 who will be offered a one week curated visit to CERN as her runner’s up prize, to inspire her with ideas for new work.

Submitted by Arts Proposals on 28 Jan 2014