The Universe as a stunning show of light

How do you visualise what cannot be seen? It’s a question tackled by Ryoji Ikeda, who spent time as resident artist at Cern, the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Based on the sub-atomic physics he learnt about there, Ikeda has created a stunning show of light, made up of 40 computers synchronised with projectors and loudspeakers. It’s called Supersymmetry, a name inspired by a leading theory in physics that proposes each fundamental particle of nature has a shadowy partner.

Our colleagues at click went to take a look at Ikeda’s work as it goes on display. The result is an overwhelming and stunning depiction of the Universe. As Click’s Spencer Kelly says: “It’s completely alien.”

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