Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. He investigates 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.
Anadol invites his audience to imagine alternative realities by re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural elements. 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 AI Data Sculptures and AI Data Paintings, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take varied virtual and physical forms. In other words, Refik Anadol is leading the charge in what we like to call, The Big Disruption.
Refik Anadol explores the relationship between art, science, and technology using data as his primary medium to create AI Data Sculptures. The Nature Series, comprising Perennial Pigmentations, Satellite Dreams, and Floral Pigmentations challenges our perception of nature and technology by blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds. Anadol’s aim is to evoke a sense of belonging to our surroundings by highlighting the vastness of data around us. Perennial Pigmentations used over 90 million publicly available nature-related images, Satellite Dreams used over 2 million images captured by the ISS, Hubble, and MRO telescopes while Floral Pigmentations used 70 million publicly available images of flowers.
Through his artistic experiments, Anadol highlights the intricate relationship between nature and technology and The Nature Series is a testament to his ability to push the boundaries of what is possible with technology and art.
Refik Anadol has achieved international recognition, and his digital art has been exhibited in major art museums worldwide. Such institutions include MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Pompidou Center in Paris, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Living Architecture Mapping at Casa Batlló. His groundbreaking work has also been featured in major art fairs and expositions such as Art Basel Miami and Sotheby's NFT auction. We're proud to feature the immersive digital art by Refik Anadol at Moco Museum Barcelona, and invite everyone to experience the magic of his creations.