supersymmetry is Ryoji Ikeda’s first large-scale solo exhibition in London, and his first project in the capital since spectra dramatically illuminated the capital’s night sky in August 2014.
Drawing on Ikeda’s residency at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research institute, supersymmetry explores the aesthetics of quantum information theory and particle physics. In the first of two pitch black spaces in Brewer Street Car Park, tiny ballbearings move in complex, seemingly random ways across inclined light boxes emitting intense white light. The movements are simultaneously translated into rapidly changing, blinking data on two 20m long screens and forty monitors in the next space. An immersive disorientating collision of mutating, sound, text and visual data, the work is a close interrogation at the intersection of music and visual art through mathematics, quantum mechanics and logic.
Ryoji Ikeda is Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist who creates projects orchestrating sound, visual materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations presented internationally at cultural venues, festivals and in site-specific environments.