Particle physics to be experienced in Ryoji Ikeda's installation
Paris-based Japanese composer and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda’s latest installation is a must-see in London, on show until the end of May. In Supersymmetry, Ikeda translates into visuals and music what has been going on in the Centre for Nuclear Research in the recent years. The artist took part in a residency programme at the largest particle physics research institute of the world to follow the ongoing experiments. In the supercollider, various particles are crashed to observe supersymmetry, a proposed extension of space-time symmetry that physicians hope to be helpful in explaining why particles have mass.
For the London show, Ikeda installed 40 projectors and computers along loudspeakers to create an immersive, disorienting installation of colliding, mutating, text, sound, and various visual data. The immense, darkened space of the Brewer Street Car Park is a spectacular view already in itself; now, coupled with Ikeda’s installation drawing on mathematics, physics, quantum mechanics, and logic, it offers an unmatchable experience even if you are not familiar with natural sciences. Returning to the city after a year, Supersymmetry is the largest solo show of the artists to date in London.
Installation on show: 23 April – 31 May (Tues – Sun)
Opening hours: 12pm – 6pm (free entry)
Address: The Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street Car Park, London, W1F 0LA
Photographs courtesy of Jana Chiellino Ryoji Ikeda , Installation , Sound art
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