Ryoji Ikeda: superposition
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Ryoji Ikeda: superposition

“A sound and music event that is simultaneously extraordinarily, mesmerically beautiful and also so radically disorientating that afterwards you feel as if the world has tilted to one side.” —Arts Desk

Eyes open and jaws drop during this state-of-the-art, immersive digital and live performance experience, the newest work by renowned electronic music/visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. Using 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 conceptual world opened up by quantum theory. Viscerally thrilling music plunges the audience into the grey space between 0 and 1, true and false, where uncertainty and probability coexist. The powerful display of technology and art takes the spectator inside indescribable structures at the very foundation of all life.

Ikeda was a founder of the groundbreaking high-tech performance collective Dumb Type, which the Walker presented at the Guthrie Lab in 1999 and 2001.

Note: Performance contains strobe effects and high decibel levels. 65 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Friday, October 24
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.


Saturday, October 25
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. SpeakEasy conversations are hosted by a tour guide and members of the local performing arts community.


  • Support provided by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program and King’s Fountain/Minneapolis Foundation-Henphil Fund.

    The work was created and developed at EPPGH La Villette, YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, and ZKM. Production by Ryoji Ikeda Studio, Quaternaire, and Forma Arts, with coproduction from Festival dʼAutomne à Paris, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, Barbican, Concertgebouw Brugge, Festival de Marseille, Parc de La Villette, Kyoto Experiment, ZKM, STRP Art, and Technology Festival. Additional support provided by the DICRéAM-CNC, France.


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