Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda

Collide International Award 2014

Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese visual and sound artist who currently lives and works in Paris, France.  His work focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

He performs and exhibits worldwide at spaces such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Singapore Art Museum, Ars Electronica Center Linz, Elektra Festival Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals Barcelona, Aichi Triennale Nagoya, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Park Avenue Armory New York, The Whitechapel Gallery London, The Barbican Centre and Somerset House London, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, DHC/Art Montreal, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Sharjah Biennale, Carriageworks Sydney, Auckland Triennale, MONA Museum Hobart – Tasmania, Ruhrtriennale, Telefonica Foundation Madrid and Kyoto Experiment Festival, ACT Centre Gwangju (Korea), Singapore Art Science Museum, Kunstverein Hannover, RuhrTriennale, Festival d’Automne and Pompidou Center , Barbican, The Vinyl Factory, and ZKM centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, among others.

In 2014, Ikeda was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014. During his residency, Ikeda deeply explored the multidimensional scientific research at CERN. He met with numerous physicists, including experts on extra dimensions and supersymmetry. Particularly, he maintained dialogues with Frédérick Bordry, in charge of the LHC at that time, and Sergio Bertolucci, Director of Research and Computing. As a result, he began his residency at CERN in July 2014 until 2015, during which he developed supersymmetry and micro | macro.