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Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda


Visual Arts & Performance

    • Le Laboratoire
      October 11 to January 12
    As an artist/composer, my intention is always polarized by concepts of "the beautiful and the sublime" . To me, beauty is crystal; rationality, precision, simplicity, elegance, delicacy. The sublime is infinity; infinitesimal, immensity, indescribable, ineffable.
    The purest beauty is the world of mathematics. Its perfect assemblage amongst numbers, magnitudes and forms persist despite us.
    The aesthetic experience of the sublime in mathematics is awe-inspiring. It is similar to the experience we have when we confront the vast magnitude of the universe, which always leaves us openmouthed.
    The aim of this project is to engage in dialogue with the mathematician Benedict Gross and other number theorists to find a common language on aesthetics.
    Ryoji Ikeda
    Le Laboratoire -the producer of this project, based on art-science research- initiated the meeting between the composer and Benedict Gross, a Harvard researcher
    V≠L was supported by Nomura, the Franco-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation, and the Foundation for the study of the Japanese language and culture, working under the aegis of the Foundation of France
    Within the context of the 150th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations
    Ryoji Ikeda
    @ Ryoji Ikeda, Untitled 2008
    Ryoji Ikeda
    @ Ryoji Ikeda, Untitled 2008