Refik AnadolLatent Being
23 Nov 2019 — 05 Jan 2020
AI data paintings presenting a new type of collective imagination at Kraftwerk Berlin from 23 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Latent Being is a site-specific large-scale installation by media artist Refik Anadol, a pioneer in the aesthetics of artificial intelligence, that responds to the cathedral-like concrete vastness of Kraftwerk Berlin, a former East Berlin power-plant.
Visitors are invited to walk through an immersive and interactive environment, in which data relating to the city, the architecture and the visitors are transformed into hallucinogenic, large-scale AI data paintings displayed on LED walls. By using a cutting-edge deep learning algorithm to create this interactive AI-human constellation, Anadol’s work challenges our perception of ‘space’ and our relationship with AI entities.
Through his use of data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerised mind as his collaborator, Anadol offers us radical visualisations of our digitised memories and expands the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion.
Introduction to Latent Being by Refik Anadol
‘Machines are allowing us to think beyond our linear life and have a new type of imagination. What kind of cultural narratives can we create if machines tell us what experiences are shared.’
– Refik Anadol, Sleek Magazine
Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence.
He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Anadol is a lecturer and visiting researcher at the University of California Los Angeles’ Department of Design Media Arts. His site-specific audio-visual performances have been presented at, amongst others, the Hammer Museum (USA), International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey), Sydney City Art (Australia). He is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes including Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, German Design Award, SEGD Global Design Awards and Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award.
Holly Herndon : PROTO (restaged)
Amnesia Scanner : Anesthesia Scammer
Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019
© 2021 Refik Anadol
Commissioned by Light Art Space (LAS)