Superposition

Superposition is a project about the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale. It is inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics and is the biggest project that the leading Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has set up so far.

Employing a spectacular combination of 21 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 that is designed to take the spectator inside the indescribable structures which form the very foundation of all life. The principle of “superposition” describes a challenging concept about the nature and behaviour of matter and forces at the sub-atomic level: while we do not know what the state of any particle is at any given time, it is in all possible states simultaneously. Ikeda makes the most of this particular characteristic to create a striking performance piece where sound, visuals, physics, mathematical concepts, human behaviour and randomness are combined and rearranged.