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Ryoji Ikeda. Supersymmetry

Ryoji Ikeda. Supersymmetry

Time: 11.12.15–28.02.16  11:00–18:00
Location: Kumu näitusesaalid

The Great Hall

Ryoji Ikeda’s (b. 1966) exhibition project supersymmetry is the artist’s vision of the physical nature of our world. Ikeda’s installation is based on the theory of supersymmetry, originating in particle physics; it attempts to explain via elementary particles – bosons and fermions – why the particles have mass.

The research into supersymmetric particles is being conducted near Geneva at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. The collisions of composite particles initiated in the Large Hadron Collider will hopefully shed light on these new particles.

Ikeda’s supersymmetry is an installation that grew out of his audiovisual performance superposition (2012–…), which was created in 2014–2015 during an art residence at CERN.

He is the winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014 for “supersymmetry”.


Ryoji Ikeda: concept and composition
Norimichi Hirakawa: programming, computer graphics, mechanics, optics, device design and technical management
Tomonaga Tokuyama: programming, computer graphics, computer system design and technical management
Yoshito Onishi: programming, computer graphics and electronics design

Cooperation with: Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
Equipment cooperation: Mix Wave, Inc., Bell-Park Co., Ltd.
Co-developed with: YCAM InterLab
Co-produced by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], le lieu unique, scène nationale de Nantes, Ryoji Ikeda Studio

Exhibition coordinator: Kati Ilves
Graphic design: Tuuli Aule
Exhibition technicians: Valmar Pappel, Mati Schönberg, Andres Amos

We thank: Eesti Kultuurkapital, Liviko

Ryoji Ikeda. Installation “supersymmetry”. 2014–2015. Courtesy of the artist