Ryoji Ikeda - superposition

A breathtaking display of technology, music and art

27 - 28 March 2013 / 20:00

£15 - 25

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Employing a spectacular combination of synchronized video screens, real-time content feeds, digital sound sculptures and – for the first time in Ikeda’s work – human performers, superposition explores the thrilling conceptual world opened up by quantum theory.

Ikeda’s immersive and viscerally exciting music plunges you into the grey space between 0 and 1, true and false, where uncertainty and probability coexist, through a powerful display of technology and art designed to take the spectator inside the indescribable structures at the very foundation of all life. 

Leading Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda returns to the Barbican after the sell-out success of his audiovisual concert datamatics [ver 2.0] as part of SPILL Festival of Performance 2011.

‘A compelling, breathtaking audiovisual experience’ ★★★★ Resident Advisor on datamatics [ver 2.0]

74min/no interval

Concept, direction and music Ryoji Ikeda

in collaboration with

Performers Stéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Programming, graphics and computer system Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa, Yoshito Onishi
Optical devices Norimichi Hirakawa
Production manager Simon MacColl
Technical manager Tomonaga Tokuyama
Production assistant Daisuke Sekine
Ryoji Ikeda Studio Emmanuelle de Montgazon            
Quartenaire producer Laurie Uprichard

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Part of Contemporary Music concerts

Produced by Ryoji Ikeda Studio (Artistic direction: Emmanuelle de Montgazon; Administration: Yuko Higaki), Quaternaire (Producer and artist management: Sarah Ford, Booking: Aïcha Boutella; Administration: Kathleen Aleton; Coordination and marketing: Joanna Rieussec), Forma (Artistic Director: David Metcalfe)

World Première on 14, 15, 16 November 2012 at the Centre Pompidou with the Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR)

Music commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR)

Created and developed at EPPGH La Villette (Paris, FR), YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (JP) and ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)

Co-produced by the Barbican (London), Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges, BE), Festival de Marseille (FR), EPPGH La Villette (Paris, FR), Kyoto Experiment (JP), ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)

With the support of the DICRéAM-CNC (FR)

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