Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he owns and operates Refik Anadol Studio and RAS LAB, the Studio’s research practice centered around discovering and developing trailblazing approaches to data narratives and artificial intelligence. Anadol is also a lecturer for UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts from which he obtained his second Master of Fine Arts.

Anadol’s body of work addresses the challenges, and the possibilities, that ubiquitous computing has imposed on humanity, and what it means to be a human in the age of AI. He explores how the perception and experience of time and space are radically changing now that machines dominate our everyday lives. Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the digital age and machine intelligence allow for a new aesthetic technique to create enriched immersive environments that offer a dynamic perception of space.

By proposing the possibility of “post-digital architecture,” Anadol invites his audience to imagine alternative realities by re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural elements. He tackles this by moving beyond the integration of media into built forms and translating the logic of a new media technology into art and design, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence.

Residing at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, Anadol’s site-specific three-dimensional data sculptures and paintings, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take varied virtual and physical forms. Entire buildings come to life, floors, walls, and ceilings disappear into infinity, breathtaking aesthetics take shape from large swaths of data, and what was once invisible to the human eye becomes visible, offering the audience a new perspective on, and narrative of their worlds.

The primary thread that runs throughout Anadol’s groundbreaking visualizations of the unseen world is data: for Quantum Memories, 200 million photos of Earth and its landscapes, oceans and atmosphere were used to visualize an alternate reality of nature; for Sense of Space at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – approximately 70 terabytes of multimodal MRI data, including structural, diffusion (DTI) and functional (fMRI) scans of people ranging from birth to nonagenarians was used to design the human brain-inspired artwork; archival photographic data of our universe from NASA/JPL was the driving force behind Machine Memoirs: Space, Istanbul’s most visited exhibition ever; for Machine Hallucination, 113 million publicly available images of New York City were used to envision the near future of a storied city; for WDCH Dreams, 100 years of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s digital archives were tapped to inspire the visuals projected onto Frank Gehry’s iconic building; for Oakland’s Sense of Place, real-time environmental data such as wind, temperature, and humidity as well as invisible communication signals from Bluetooth, Wifi and LTE inform the work; for Berlin’s Latent Being, the visitors themselves provided real-time data for the artificial thinking process; and for Charlotte Airport’s Interconnected, real-time airport statistics such as arrivals/departures, baggage handling systems and ground shuttle transportation transform into an ever-changing suite of abstract form, color, and simulated texture.

Refik Anadol ’s global projects have received a number of awards and prizes including the Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for New Media Art, Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, Lumen Prize Award, iF Gold Award, D&AD Pencil Award, German Design Award, UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award, Columbia University’s Breakthrough in Storytelling Award, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award, SEGD Global Design Award, and Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award.

Anadol’s site-specific audio/visual performances have been featured at iconic landmarks, museums and festivals worldwide, such as the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hammer Museum, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Artechouse, The Centre Pompidou, The Portland Building, Daejeon Museum of Art, Florence Biennale, Art Basel, OFFF Festival, International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal, Ars Electronica Festival , l’Usine | Genève, Arc De Triomf, Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building, santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center, Outdoor Vision Festival, Istanbul Design Biennial, Sydney City Art, and Lichtrouten, among many others.

Refik Anadol Studio comprises designers, architects, data scientists, and researchers from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, embracing principles of inclusion and equity throughout every stage of production. Studio members originate from 10 different countries and are collectively fluent in 14 languages. The Studio’s internship program also demonstrates a strong commitment to mentoring young people from a variety of personal experiences, values, and world views.

A pioneer in his field, and the first to use artificial intelligence in a public immersive artwork, Anadol has partnered with teams at Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, Intel, IBM, Panasonic, JPL/NASA, Siemens, Epson, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, Stanford University, and UCSF, to apply the latest, cutting-edge science, research and technologies to his body of work.

2021

  • Serpenti – Metamorphosis – Milan, Italy
  • Quantum Memories – SemiPermanent – Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Machine Hallucinations – NYC – Unfinished, Project Liberty, New York, USA
  • Sense of Space Connectome + Molecular Architecture – Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • Seeing the Invisible – AR Exhibition, Global
  • Pioneer Tower Dreams – Public Art for Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • In the Mind of Gaudí – Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Quantum – bitforms Gallery, New York City, New York, USA
  • Sense of Heritage – Hennessy HQ, Cognac, France
  • ISS Dreams – Resonant Media – Possibilities of 8K Visualization – Ars Electronica + NHK, Tokyo, Japan
  • Renaissance Dreams – M.E.E.T, Milano, Italy
  • Machine Memoirs : Space, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Machine Hallucinations : NVIDIA GTC AI Art Gallery, NVIDIA GTC 2021, Virtual
  • Seoul Haemong II, DDP Building, Seoul, Korea

2020

  • Quantum Memories – National Gallery of Victoria 2020 Triennial, Melbourne, Australia
  • Metamorphosis Returns – Machine Hallucinations, Seoul, Korea
  • Distant Arcades – Machine Hallucinations – Nature Dreams, MUTEK, Montreal, Canada
  • Melting Memories – Engram, Images Vevey Art Festival, Switzerland
  • Machine Hallucinations : NVIDIA GTC AI Art Gallery, NVIDIA GTC 2020, Virtual
  • Melting Memories – Engram, Taipei Digital Art Festival,Taipei, Taiwan
  • Machine Hallucinations – Nature Dreams, Beyond Film Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Digital Dreams, Kurhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany
  • NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS, STATE Studio, Berlin, Germany
  • Melting Memories – Engram, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
  • Melting Memories – Engram, Neurones, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Infinite Space, Artechouse, Miami, FL, USA

2019

  • Machine Hallucinations – Earth ISS, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, Brisbane, Australia
  • Winds of Shenzhen, 40 Years of Humanizing Technology – Ars Electronica, Shenzhen, China
  • Machine Hallucinations – Earth ISS, IEEE Visap 2019, Vancouver, Canada
  • Bosphorus, les Garages Numériques, Brussels, Belgium
  • Melting Memories, Open Codes, Azkuna Zentroa, Spain
  • Infinity Room, Daejeon Museum of Arts, Daejeon, South Korea
  • Machine Hallucinations – Mars, AS-Helix, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Archive Dreaming, AS-Helix, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Neuro Space, Society of Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Bopshorus, Les Garages Numeriques, Brussels, Belgium
  • Melting Memories, Volvo Art Session, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Infinity Room, Volvo Art Session, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Melting Memories, Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
  • Infinite Space, Artechouse, Miami, FL, USA
  • Machine Hallucination, Artechouse, New York City, NY, USA
  • Latent History, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Infinite Space, Artechouse, Washington, DC, USA
  • Macau Currents: Data Paintings, Art Macao: International Art Exhibition, Macao
  • Archive Dreaming, Symbiosis – Asia Digital Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
  • Machine Hallucination – Study II, Hermitage Museum, Moscow, RUS
  • Memoirs from Latent Space, New Human Agenda, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Melting Memories – Engram – LEV Festival, Gijón, Spain
  • Machine Hallucination – Study I, Bitforms Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Bosphorus, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Infinity Room / New Edition, Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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

2021

  • Sense of Space – Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • In the Mind of Gaudí – Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Pioneer Tower Dreams – Public Art for Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • Sense of Heritage – Hennessy HQ, Cognac, France
  • Machine Memoirs : Space, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2020

    • Machine Hallucinations – Nature Dreams, Beyond Film Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany

    2019

    • Seoul Haemong, DDP, Seoul, Korea
    • Latent Being, Kraftwerk, Berlin Germany
    • Machine Hallucination, Artechouse NYC, New York City, USA

    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

    2021

    2020

    • Art In the Age of Machine Intelligence”, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK
    • Space In the Mind of a Machine, TED Talk 2020, Virtual Main Stage
    • Closing the Gap – Dutch Design Week 2020, Amsterdam, Netherland
    • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – AI Lab, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Synesthetic Architecture, Ars Electronica Festival – STARTS, Linz, Austria
    • Space In the Mind of a Machine, Architecture, Technology, Innovation Symposium,Turkey
    • Space In the Mind of a Machine, Fowler Museum Online Studio Tour, Los Angeles, CA
    • Nature Dreams, Beyond Film Festival – Online – Lecture, Karlsruhe, Germany
    • Space In the Mind of a Machine, MIT Media Lab City Science, Online – Lecture

    2019

    • Machine Hallucinations – Earth ISS, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, Brisbane, Australia
    • Machine Hallucinations – Earth ISS, IEEE Visap 2019, Vancouver, Canada
    • Space In The Mind of a Machine – UC Berkeley – Keynote
    • EYEO Festival – Space In The Mind of a Machine – Minneapolis – Keynote
    • Innovation Week Turkey 2019 – Turkey – Keynote
    • OFFF Festival – Barcelona, Spain – Lecture
    • Melbourne Design Week – The Minds Eye – NGV – Melbourne – Lecture
    • Multi-sensory Science, Art & Technology, UCLA Neuroscience Department – Los Angeles – Lecture
    • Brutally Early Breakfast – Hans Ulrich Orbist & Klaus Biesenbach – MOCA – Los Angeles – Talk
    • Art and AI – FriezeLA – Los Angeles – Lecture

    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
    • 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

    2021

    2020

    2019

    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
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