Carriageworks has announced the return of renowned Japanese-born, Paris-based artist Ryoji Ikeda to its program in September. Ikeda’s mind-bending work first appeared in Sydney two years ago with test pattern [No 5]. Set in one of Carriageworks’ cavernous theatres, the towering installation spoke binary code, spilling out a projection of endless black-and-white lines to a symphony of beeps, blips and electronic glitches. At once meditative and unnerving, Ikeda is a master of digital art, and art that speaks to the digital age.
Carriageworks will present superposition, a new, fully immersive piece encompassing digital, film and sound elements, as well as live performance for the first time in Ikeda’s work. superposition premiered at Centre Pompidou in Paris and has since been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Barbican in London. Over 65 minutes the piece involves a set of large-scale digital screens; real-time content feeds and digital sound sculptures to create an abstract representation of cold data. The piece explores the parameters of “superposition” – a phenomenon based in the theory of quantum mechanics.