Ryoji Ikeda

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Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Award 2014

The Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda, won the Prix Ars Electronica 2014. His residency at CERN took place in July 2014, and in February 2015. The artist has attributed his time at CERN as a source for the creation of two pieces: "supersymmetry" and "micro | macro".


Ryoji Ikeda: "supersymmetry"



Collide@CERN Presentation Ryoji Ikeda at the CERN Globe of Science and Innovation. Thursday 10th July, 2014.



Ryoji Ikeda

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda 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.


"supersymmetry", by Ryoji Ikeda. Photo: courtesy of the artist.



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 finished his residency at CERN, after a two week stay in campus in January 2015, completing the time he started in Summer 2014.

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 physicists at CERN, including experts on extra dimensions and Supersymmetry. He even met with the man in charge of the LHC himself, Frédérick Bordry the Director of the LHC, and with Sergio Bertolucci, Director of Research and Computing. Ryoji spent much of his time studying intensively - as this snapshot of some of his notes below shows. The residency has proven to have an effect on his work, as it is the case of supersymmetry and micro | macro.


Photo by Ryoji Ikeda.

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