Flickering light, computerised sounds and visual data combine to haunting effect in the darkened abyss of Brewer Street Car Park. Titled supersymmetry, this disorientating installation is the work of artist-composer Ryoji Ikeda.
A total of 40 projectors and computers bring the blacked-out space to life. Ikeda drew on his residency at CERN – the world’s largest particle physics research institute – to create the work, which explores the intersection between music and visual art through mathematics, quantum mechanics and logic.
In the first chamber, three light boxes emit bright white light, as tiny balls roll across their tilting surfaces, observed by scanners. This data is relayed into a second room, where their trajectories are flashed across two rows of parallel monitors, creating a hypnotic corridor of noise and light.
‘We assembled the show over 10 days, bit by bit, and gradually you could see it becoming a completely immersive environment,’ says curator Joana Seguro. The installation, first shown in Japan, has been adapted to the Brewer Street Car Park surrounds. ‘The relationship between the building and the artwork brings it to life in a new way, even down to the way the ceiling bounces light.’
The exhibition marks the first anniversary of Brewer Street Car Park as a cultural events hub and runs until 23 May. It will be followed by an installation by Ikeda’s long-term collaborator, Carsten Nicolai, in June titled unicolor.