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Ryoji Ikeda – superposition

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Image courtesy of The Kyoto Experiment.

Returning to Sydney by popular demand, renowned Japanese electronic music/visual artist Ryoji Ikeda brings his latest state-of-the-art film and sounds installation to Carriageworks; superposition was labelled as ‘one of the best concerts of the year’ by The New York Times at it’s NY opening.

Ikeda implements human performers for the first time ever in his work; exploring the conceptual world opened up by quantum theory. The two performers complement a varied a combination of 10 synchronised video screens, real-time content feeds and digital sound sculptures.

The audience is provoked to question how they process information in their everyday lives, as abstract visualisations of digital data develop predominantly in black and white, accompanied by sounds, with flashes of primary colours. Physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behaviour and randomness are simultaneously arranged and re-arranged in this intriguing performance installation.

“Ryoji continues to fascinate audiences globally with his unique interpretations of mathematics, symmetry, design, light and sound. Part installation, part music performance, superposition is a remarkable feat of engineering and artistic ingenuity,” said Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah. “Of the many achievements at Carriageworks in recent years, we are especially proud to have introduced Sydney to the mastery of Ryoji Ikeda. His installation two years ago (test pattern [N°5])was a high point of contemporary art in this city in recent years.”

Sept 23–26, 8pm. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. $35. Tickets & info: carriageworks.com.au

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