Ryoji Ikeda's 'Superposition'



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The fact that we haven’t yet featured the brilliant work of Ryoji Ikeda must be down to some sort of collective blip. The Japanese artist’s fusion of art, technology and wide-eyed wonder strikes at the very heart of our nerdy fascination with the Art & Technology continuum and this post can thus be seen as an attempt to rectify that embarrasing blunder. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, his latest performative piece is called Superposition and explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale.

A little background info on 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.

The Japanese artist is currently showing ‘Superposition’ around the world and the next performance will be at Festival Marseille in France. However, if you can’t make that, you should just click play, enlarge the video and let your brain be nuzzled by a million different ideas exploding simultaneously in a succinct and overwhelming kaleidoscope of light and sound.