Ryoji Ikeda


Japan premiere of Ikeda’s new series. Vast audio-visual experience spun by quantum structure immerses the audience.

Long-awaited new work by Ryoji Ikeda comes to Kyoto for its Japan premiere. Ikeda, who lives and works in Paris, is a leading international electronic composer and visual artist. Last year’s datamatics [ver.2.0] in the large space of Theater Shunjuza left a sensational impression. Premiered at Centre Pompidou in November 2012, ‘superposition’ is an ambitious project in which Ikeda develops quantum mechanics and quantum information theory into a work of art. In this performance piece, for the first time in Ikeda’s work, performers appear on stage. A total of 22 screens are set on stage in 3 layers. All material used on stage – sound, visuals, physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behavior and randomness, will be shown in a state of superposition. The sublime and immersive experience of space is Ikeda’s proclamation to the world.

Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza

Ryoji Ikeda

Born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan, lives and works in Paris, France. Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Alongside pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects: ‘datamatics’ (2006-) consists of various forms such as moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works that explore one’s potentials to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world. The project ‘test pattern’ (2008-) has developed a system that converts any type of data – text, sounds, photos and movies into barcode patterns and binary patterns of 0s and 1s, which examines the relationship between critical points of device performance and the threshold of human perception. The series ‘spectra’ (2001-) is large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural material and so transforming public locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Nagoya where versions have been installed. With Carsten Nicolai, Ikeda works a collaborative project ‘cyclo.’ (2000-), which examines error structures and repetitive loops in software and computer programmed music, with audiovisual modules for real-time sound visualization, through live performance, CDs and books (Raster-noton, 2001, 2011).

Concept, direction & musicRyoji Ikeda
in collaboration with PerformersStéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Programming, graphics & computer systemTomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa, Yoshito Onishi
Optical DevicesNorimichi Hirakawa
Stage managerSimon MacColl
Technical managerTomonaga Tokuyama
Production assistantDaisuke Sekine
ProductionRyoji Ikeda Studio (Artistic direction: Emmanuelle de Montgazon, Administration: Yuko Higaki), Quaternaire (Producer and artist management: Sarah Ford, Associate producer: Laurie Uprichard, Admnistration: Kathleen Aleton, Coordination and marketing: Joanna Rieussec), Forma (Artistic Director: David Metcalf)
Commissioned bythe Festival d’Automne à Paris for the musical part Created and developed at Parc de La Villette (Paris), YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, ZKM (Karlsruhe)
Co-productionKyoto Experiment, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Barbican (London), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges), Festival de Marseille _danse et arts multiples, Parc de La Villette (Paris), STRP Art and Technology Festival (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Stereolux / Festival Scopitone / le lieu unique (Nantes), With the support of the DICRéAM-CNC (FR)
Presented byKyoto Experiment


  • Ryoji Ikeda

    datamatics [ver.2.0]

  • Ryoji Ikeda, the radar [kyoto], 2016, ROHM Square, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda

    the radar [kyoto]

  • Ryoji Ikeda, datamatics [ver.2.0](2006-) from Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces, 2016, South Hall ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda

    Ryoji Ikeda: concert pieces

  • Ryoji Ikeda & Eklekto, music for percussion, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Takeshi Asano

    Ryoji Ikeda & Eklekto

    music for percussion