Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence. He holds a master of fine arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, master of fine arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.

As a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking of the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol builds his works on the nomadic subject’s reaction to and interactions with unconventional spatial orientations with data and machine intelligence. Embedding media arts into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.

Privileging difference rather than singularity and movement rather than stasis, Anadol faces all the new challenges that the gradual development of an enriched immersive environment and ubiquitous computing impose on architects, media artists and engineers. How is our experience of space changing, now that digital objects ranging from smart phones to urban screens have all but colonized our everyday lives? How have media technologies changed our conceptualizations of space, and how has architecture embraced these shifting conceptualizations? These are the three main questions that Anadol tackles by not simply integrating media into built forms, but by translating the logic of a new media technology into spatial design.

He has been given awards, residencies and has served as a guest lecturer. He is the recipient of a number of awards, prizes including Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, German Design Award, UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award, SEGD Global Design Awards and Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award. His site-specific audio/visual performances have been seen in Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA), Hammer Museum (USA), International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), l’Usine | Genève (Switzerland), Arc De Triomf (Spain), Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building (Germany), santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center (Turkey), Outdoor Vision Festival SantaFe New Mexico (USA), Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey), Sydney City Art (Australia), Lichtrouten (Germany).

2018

  • Melting Memories, Species and Beyond, Kikk Festival, Belgium
  • WDCH Dreams, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Melting Memories, Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Melting Memories, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, New Zealand Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Virtual Archive, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Liminality V1.0, International Art Projects, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, Kaneko Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
  • The Invisible Body : Data Paintings, Sven-Harrys Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Data Sculpture Series, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1-2-3 Data Exhibition, Paris, EDF, France
  • Infinity Room, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, USA
  • Infinity Room, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA

2017

  • Infinity Room / New Edition, MeConvention, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Archive Dreaming, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
  • Wind of Linz, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, Beijing, China
  • Archive Dreaming, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, Athens, Greece
  • Heterotopia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, SXSW, Austin, TX

2016

  • Warhol X Anadol, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA
  • Radical Atoms, Ars Electronica – Computer Animation Festival, Linz, Austria
  • Infinity Room, The Conference, Malmö, Sweden
  • Infinity Room, TAG Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
  • MultipliCITY – Victor Vasarely, Fondation Vasarely, Paris, France
  • Cavity InfoComm, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Infinity Room Mapping Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Infinity Room VIA Festival, Paris, France
  • Infinity Room EXIT Festival, Paris, France

2015

  • Infinity Room Day For Night, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Cavity Monochrome, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Liminal Room Istanbul Light Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SIGGRAPH ASIA 2015 Art Gallery, Kobe, Japan
  • Expected Port City Talks / Istanbul-Antwerp, Europalia, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Wavelengths Digital Turkey Exhibition, Europalia, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Infinity Room Artnivo, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SIGGRAPH 2015 : Electronic Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ars Electronica – Computer Animation Festival, Linz, Austria
  • The New Creativity: Man and Machines, MAK, Los Angeles, USA
  • Digital Couture / Epson, Industria SuperStudio, New York, USA
  • Waves, Blok Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey

2014

  • Cavity, RH Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, USA
  • Algo-Rhythms, Sonos-Studio, Los Angeles, USA
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic Project, New York, USA
  • UCLA DMA Media Arts MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Presentism: Light as Material, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA
  • VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series: Dreams to Reaalities Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

2013

  • Parallel Threads, Ekavart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Prefix, Media Arts MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Incidence, UCLA DMA MFA Group Show, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • The Active Apparatus and Liminal Landscapes, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2012

  • Istanbul Design Biennial, istanbulmodern, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Sceptical Interventions, Pilevneli Projects, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Antrepo 5, Sanat Limani, Istanbul

2011

  • Minus Feld, American Hospital, “Operation Room”, Istanbul

2010

  • Human Landscapes, Goethe Institut&Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
  • Spagat, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany
  • Untitled II, ULG, Liége, Belgium
  • Track 09, ÇSM – santralistanbul, Istanbul

2009

  • Untitled, Galeri 1 – santralistanbul, Istanbul
  • Academy Meets Photokina, Photokina, Köln, Germany

2008

  • Track 08, Contemporary Art Center – santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2018

  • WDCH Dreams, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Schumann’s Das Paradies und Peri, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Melting Memories, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2017

  • Infinity Room / New Edition, MeConvention, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Archive Dreaming, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, Beijing, China
  • E/Space, Santa Monica, CA, USA

2016

  • Data Cloth Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, USA
  • Cavity InfoComm 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

2015

  • Infinity Room Day For Night, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Liminal Eoom Istanbul Light Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Erik Satie’s Vexations UCLA Ostin Rehearsal Room, Los Angeles, USA
  • Infinity Room Artnivo, Istanbul, Turkey

2014

  • Visions of America: Amériques LA Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA, USA
  • Tree of Life, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
  • Algo-Rhythms, Sonos-Studio, Los Angeles, USA
  • The Aether Project, IDEAS, Los Angeles, USA

2013

  • Semaphore, LichtRouten, Lüdenscheid, Germany
  • Liminality, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles, USA

2012

  • Peripheral, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles, USA
  • Highlights, Urban Prototyping:SF, San Francisco, USA
  • Augmented Structures v2.0, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Epiphaneia, Montreal Design Biennial, Montreal, Canada
  • Legorreta Alive, SantaFe Art and Design Universty, New Mexico, USA

2011

  • Augmented Structures v1.0, Yapı Kredi Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain
  • Cerha Momentum, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria

2010

  • MRO, Tabakfabrik – Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
  • Quadrangle, Zollverein – Ruhr
  • European Capital of Culture, Essen, Germany

2009

  • Quadrature, Contemporary Art Center – santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2018

2017

  • Quotation Magazine JP – Review
  • LA Times – Review
  • Creators Project CH – Review
  • Creative Applications, Review
  • Creators Project, Review
  • Daily Sabah, Review
  • Dezeen, Review
  • Designboom, Review
  • Engadget, Review
  • Forecast Public Art, Review
  • WIRED, Review
  • Creative Applications, Review
  • Creators Project, Review

2016

  • LA Times, Review
  • Wired, Review
  • Metropolis Mag, Interview
  • The Atlantic, City Lab, Interview
  • Co.Exist, Interview
  • KCET, Art Bound, Interview
  • Fubiz, Feature
  • Artfulliving, Interview
  • Design Milk, Review
  • FastCo.Design, Review
  • Frame Magazine, Revie
  • NTV MSNBC, Review

2015

  • Creative Applications, Feature
  • Fubiz, Feature
  • Creators Project / Vica, Feature
  • Archinect, Feature
  • HiFructose, Feature
  • TwistedSifter, Feature
  • Fubiz, Feature
  • Saatchi Online, Feature
  • Juxtapoz, Feature
  • Arch Atlas, Feature

2018

  • GeorgiaTech – Digital Building Lab Symposium – Lecture
  • American Alliance of Museums – Museum AI –Lecture
  • The Poetics of Data – Charlotte ASC – Lecture
  • Knowledge Capital, Osaka – Lecture
  • AIA Virginia – Speaker
  • Microsoft Research – Speaker
  • Emergent Visions / Nanyang Technology University – Lecture
  • Harvard School of Graduate Design – Lecture

2017

  • Digi.logue Future Tellers – Speaker
  • Ars Electronica / AI Panel – Lecture
  • Google AMI – Speaker
  • USC – Praxis – Speaker
  • Microsoft Research – Speaker
  • G-Tech – Speaker
  • INST-INT, Speaker

2016

  • CalARTS Visiting Lecture Series, Lecture
  • SEGD X Lab NYC, Lecture
  • The Conference Generative Design, Lecture
  • Microsoft Windows Design Group, Lecture
  • Strelka Institute, Lecture
  • Digital Hollywood Music 2020, Lecture
  • Digi.logue Discovery and Innovations in New Media and Art, Lecture
  • Resonate, Lecture
  • Perspectives: The Design Fusion of Art and Architecture, Panel
  • Art and Machine Learning Symposium, Gray Area / Google, Talk
  • Microsoft Research, Social Computing Symposium, NYU / ITP, Talk

2015

  • BEYOND MUSIC: Composition and Performance in the Age of Augmented Reality, Lecture
  • USC Interactive Media Forum, Lecture
  • Resonate, Lecture
  • NODE15, Talk + Lecture
  • Loyola Marymount University, Talk + Lecture

2014

  • Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium, Talk + Lecture
  • UCLA IDEAS, Talk + Lecture

2013

  • Microsoft Research, Design Summit, Talk

2012

  • UCLA Design Media Arts, Talk

2010

  • ISEA 2010, Talk
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