Using machine learning algorithms, artist Refik Anadol developed a media installation by using Çatalhöyük Research Project’s archive of 2.8 million data records. Commissioned as part of the exhibition “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük,” this poetic representation of an archaeological archive can be experienced as of November 14th2017 at ANAMED.

ANAMED presents the artist Refik Anadol’s media installation, AI data sculpture which reinterpreted the entirety of the excavation archive of the Neolithic site Çatalhöyük, in Konya, Turkey. Anadol has visually collated 2.8 million data records of 250,000 finds discovered throughout the 25 years of scientific research conducted by the Çatalhöyük Research Project. Over 1000 relational database tables have been translated into a poetic visual experience.

The archive is a rich digital resource that has been organized by teams of specialists. It consists of millions of pieces of interconnected data including tabular records, diaries, images, and technical reports. The records belong to units, spaces, features, and buildings discovered during the archaeological excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage List site of Çatalhöyük. By employing machine learning algorithms to sort relations among these records, Anadol transforms this knowledge into an immersive AI Data Sculpture installation that transcends research, archaeology, art, and technology. In an archaeological context, this is the first instance that a data source of such magnitude is being used in an artistic and aesthetic framework.

Anadol’s installation, a search for multidimensional data interaction, has been made possible by the technological sponsorship of Arçelik and implemented by PATTU Architecture. The work will be on display as part of “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” exhibition at ANAMED in Istanbul, from November 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

In collaboration with ANAMED; Şeydan Çetin, Buket Çoşkuner, Esra Satıcı, Duygu Tarkan
Prof. Ian Hodder and his team at Stanford,
PATU Architecture; Işıl Ünal, Cem Kozar

Refik Anadol Studio,

Refik Anadol
Nicholas Boss
Efsun Erkilic
Tobias Heinemann
Kerim Karaoglu
Kian Khiaban
Ho Man Leung
Raman K. Mustafa

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