Sense of Healing is an AI Data Sculpture that emerges from Refik Anadol Studio’s long-term research into creating meditative art based on neurological data. Commissioned for the LuisaViaRoma x UNICEF Summer Gala 2022, the work lies at the intersection of neuroscience and design to visualize fundamental questions about the architecture of the human brain with the most cutting-edge
data visualizations tools available. Anadol and his team interpreted datasets of brain activities collected with EEG sensors, fMRI and DTI imagining techniques to create a multisensory immersive artwork and to promote mental health through art. The artist hopes that through the power of imagination, this work will support our collective healing process, as we emerge from this pandemic.
On July 23 in St Tropez, mental health initiative MYND presented Sense of Healing: AI Data Sculpture A by new media artist Refik Anadol at Aurora Institute’s inaugural Evening of Discovery event. Sense of Healing is the largest neurotherapeutic AI data sculpture in the world, as well as the first artwork produced at this scale using human brain data.
The work was commissioned to be presented first at Evening of Discovery and then at auction at the fourth annual LuisaViaRoma x UNICEF Summer Gala in Capri on July 30, 2022. Twelve NFTs were sold at Evening of Discovery for €120k each, raising more than €1.4M in proceeds going towards charitable mental health initiatives such as Klitschko and Kevin Love Fund. The AI data sculpture, Sense of Healing, was sold at UNICEF’s Summer Gala for a record-breaking €1.7M, raising over €3M for UNICEF’s charitable programmes.
The software-based artwork emerged from Refik Anadol Studio’s long-term research into creating meditative art based on neurological data compiled through MindMaze technologies, and precipitated the creation of a series of NFTs from the main work. The work lies at the intersection of neuroscience and design to visualise fundamental questions about the architecture of the human brain with the most cutting-edge data visualisations tools available. Anadol and his team interpreted datasets of brain activities collected with EEG sensors, fMRI and DTI imagining techniques to create a multisensory immersive artwork and to promote mental health through art.
Sense of Healing marks the first iteration of an ongoing collaboration between artist Refik Anadol, Therme Art, and MYND—the joint venture between neuroscience pioneer MindMaze, wellbeing industry leader Therme Group, and impact investment initiative Impact One. The collaboration reflects MYND’s mission to increase mental health awareness and accessibility through art and cultural productions.
Utilising transdisciplinary creative research, development and production, the joint project aims to rethink current approaches toward mental health, wellness and wellbeing on a global level. In harnessing the power of the latest advancements in data capturing, neuroscientific research, quantum computing and spatial development, we believe this relationship will allow us to collectively approach contemporary issues of mental wellness in new and innovative ways.
Public Art Installation
July 23, 2022
St. Tropez ,France
UNICEF Charity Summer Gala
July 30, 2022
Refik Anadol Studio
Daniel Seungmin Lee
Ho Man Leung
Raman K. Mustafa