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The Musée d’art contemporain is pleased to present the North American premiere of superposition, a performance conceived by Ryoji Ikeda, in collaboration with the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal, at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.

Japanese electronic-music composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda offers a unique sensory experience combining sound, visuals, physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behaviour and randomness.

“Engaged in a complex dialogue with the leading mathematicians of our age, Ikeda explores beyond the limits of human rationality and cognition in an aesthetic quest to achieve works of spare and sublime beauty.” — John Zeppetelli, Director, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

“A blend of sound performance and live show, superposition is a total experience, both physical and mental. — Marie Lechner, Libération.

On stage, two performers interpret a score for unconventional instruments that generates a series of video images transcribed in real time onto a set of 21 screens assembled with the utmost precision. All the scenic elements — sound, light, video, decor — are orchestrated in a unique, powerful audiovisual performance.

Presented in Montréal in its North American premiere by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, superposition will next travel to the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, and UCLA, Los Angeles.

This performance of superposition by Ryoji Ikeda is presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in collaboration with the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal and Place des Arts. It has received additional support from the Consulate General of France in Québec and the Institut français in connection with FRIMAS 2014, and from ELEKTRAMUTEK and the Consulate General of Japan at Montreal.

Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda was born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan. A long-time member of the multidisciplinary artist collective Dumb Type, he made a name for himself on the electronica scene in the mid-1990s with his recordings, concerts and installations. His work matrix won the Golden Nica Award at the Ars Electronica International Competition for CyberArts in 2001 and was nominated for a World Technology Award in 2003. Ikeda tends toward a purely digital aesthetic. In 2012, at the initiative of John Zeppetelli, the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art offered Ikeda his first North American solo exhibition. The MAC presented his C4I in spring 2014, as part of the International Digital Arts Biennial. Ikeda won the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN in 2014.


Concept, direction and music: Ryoji Ikeda, in collaboration with
Performers: Stéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Programming, graphics and computer system: Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa, Yoshito Onishi

Optical devices: Norimichi Hirakawa
Stage Manager: Simon MacColl
Technical Manager: Tomonaga Tokuyama
Production Assistant: Daisuke Sekine
Production: Ryoji Ikeda Studio, Quaternaire, Forma Arts
Co-production: Festival dʼAutomne à Paris (France), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Barbican (London, UK), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges, Belgium), Festival de Marseille _ danse et arts multiples (France), Parc de La Villette (Paris), Kyoto Experiment (Japan), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), STRP Art and Technology Festival (Eindhoven, Netherlands), Stereolux / Festival Scopitone / le lieu unique (Nantes, France).

With the support of DICRéAM-CNC (France)