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Refik Anadol x Bvlgari

Saatchi Gallery
London, UK
Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3 4RY, United Kingdom
November 25, 2022 -
December 23, 2022
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In Search of the Present

Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Espoo, Finland
Ahertajantie 5, 02070 Espoo, Finland
August 27, 2022 -
January 15, 2023
In Search of the Present is a recurring exhibition concept at EMMA that was first presented in 2016. The exhibitions in the series explore the nature of the present and anticipate future developments through an intuitive artistic process. The show borrows its title from a collection of essays by author Olavi Paavolainen from 1929 in which he explores the experience and identity of humanity in an era of rapid change. The exhibition in autumn 2022 will focus on the relationship between humanity, nature and technology. One of the issues explored by the featured artists is whether technology can help us not only achieve a greater understanding of ourselves but also forge a new non-exploitative relationship with nature. Artists are exceptionally gifted in thinking outside the box, which makes it particularly interesting to turn to them in our search for new ways to see humanity and navigate the challenges of today, such as the climate crisis and algorithmic systems.
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MoMA – Unsupervised

Museum of Modern Art
Manhattan, USA
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States
November 19, 2022 -
March 5, 2023
What would a machine dream about after seeing the collection of The Museum of Modern Art? For Unsupervised, artist Refik Anadol (b. 1985) uses artificial intelligence to interpret and transform more than 200 years of art at MoMA. Known for his groundbreaking media works and public installations, Anadol has created digital artworks that unfold in real time, continuously generating new and otherworldly forms that envelop viewers in a large-scale installation. Unsupervised is a meditation on technology, creativity, and modern art. Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to interpret the publicly available data of MoMA’s collection. As the model “walks” through its conception of this vast range of works, it reimagines the history of modern art and dreams about what might have been—and what might be to come. In turn, Anadol incorporates site-specific input from the environment of the Museum’s Gund Lobby—changes in light, movement, acoustics, and the weather outside—to affect the continuously shifting imagery and sound. AI is often used to classify, process, and generate realistic representations of the world. In contrast, Unsupervised is visionary: it explores fantasy, hallucination, and irrationality, creating an alternate understanding of art-making itself. The installation is based on works that are encoded on the blockchain, a distributed digital ledger, which stands as a public record of Anadol’s art. “I am trying to find ways to connect memories with the future,” the artist has said, “and to make the invisible visible.” Organized by Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of Research and Development, with Lydia Mullin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.
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Virtual Applique: Beverly

Beverly Center
Los Angeles, United States
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States
Virtual Appliqués is a site-specific data sculpture that imagines the future of fashion through a digital exploration of the symbiotic relationship of colors, fabrics, and techniques. The project utilizes contemporary algorithms, a special API that captures color patterns from social media photos as well as real-time information that provides the base for it’s “data-knitted” synthetic fabrics. Presented in four Chapters, Virtual Appliqués is inspired by the natural world and the unique architectural design of Beverly Center. Each chapter showcases a visual rendering of a future “fabric” that is weaved together by the Studio’s interpretation of material transformations, together forming a multi-faceted reflection of the nuanced relationship between technology, humanity, and culture.
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Quantum Memories

NGV Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Exhibited on the largest LED screen that NGV has deployed to date, Quantum Memories is Refik Anadol Studio’s epic scale investigation of the intersection between Google AI Quantum Supremacy experiments, machine learning, and aesthetics of probability. Technological and digital advancements of the past century could as well be defined by the humanity’s eagerness to make machines go to places that humans could not go, including the spaces inside our minds and the non-spaces of our un- or sub-conscious acts. Quantum Memories utilizes the most cutting-edge, Google AI’s publicly available quantum computation research data and algorithms to explore the possibility of a parallel world by processing approximately 200 million nature and landscape images through artificial intelligence. These algorithms allow us to speculate alternative modalities inside the most sophisticated computer available, and create new quantum noise-generated datasets as building blocks of these modalities. The 3D visual piece is accompanied by an audio experience that is also based on quantum noise–generated data, offering an immersive experience that further challenges the notion of mutual exclusivity. The project is both inspired by and a speculation of the Many-Worlds Interpretation in quantum physics – a theory that holds that there are many parallel worlds that exist at the same space and time as our own. Tapping into the random fluctuations of quantum noise as a unique realm of possibilities and predictions, Quantum Memories provides an interactive aesthetic experience by tracking the audience’s movements in real-time and simulating how their observer positions indeed become entangled with the visible outcomes of the ever-changing artwork. Deeply thankful to Google AI Quantum Team and their generous support especially Hartmut Neven, Alan Ho, Murphy Niu and Michael Broughton.
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Interconnected CLT

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte, United States
5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States
INTERCONNECTED is a digital artwork that dramatically portrays the hidden troves of operational data at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) as an ever-changing suite of abstract form, color, and simulated texture. The data feeds that drive the artwork include global and regional air-traffic tracking software, airline flight information (arrivals/departures), baggage handling systems, and parking and ground shuttle transportation throughout the airport campus. The artwork is synchronized and displayed across three high-definition LED Media Walls in addition to a series of programmable LED ribbons embedded into the architecture of Concourse A. INTERCONNECTED is organized into three distinct visual chapters: Chapter I–Fluid Structures, Chapter II–Impossible Materials, and Chapter III –Data Poems. Shifting formal variations within each chapter reflect real-time responses to the dynamic flow of data, creating a living snapshot of the data management systems that enable CLT to serve over 44.4 million travelers annually.
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Wind of Boston: Data Paintings

Boston Logan International Airport
Boston, United States
Boston, MA 02128, United States
Wind of Boston: Data Paintings is a site-specific work that turns the invisible patterns of wind in and around Boston into a series of poetic data paintings within a 6’ x 13’ digital canvas. By using a one-year data set collected from Boston Logan Airport, Refik Anadol Studios developed a series of custom software to read, analyze and visualize wind speed, direction, and gust patterns along with time and temperature at 20-second intervals throughout the year. The resulting artwork is a series of four dynamic “chapters”, each using data as a material to create a unique visual interpretation of the interaction between the environment and the city. Each chapter brings different aspects of the data sets to life with distinct and varied painterly, emotive aesthetics, making visible the invisible beauty of wind as a natural phenomenon. Each of the four chapters focuses on one distinct characteristic of the Wind of Boston. The first chapter, Hidden Landscapes highlights the anemometer’s most radical readings to create immaterial, spatial experiences. Porcelain Memories recalls the intangible power of a gale when reimagined outside of the traditional constraints of time. Sea Breeze explores the paradox of soft gentle wind blowing from the sea to the site in the harsh cold of winter. Gust in the City is a top-view visualization that explores the phenomenon of high speed winds in short bursts and the constant unseen poetic dance between the forces of nature and the built environment. The visualizations are custom programmed and precisely calibrated to the technical specifications of the seamless, high-resolution LED screen to create spectacular depth, rich contrast, and poetic movement within the digital canvas. Visible daily from 8AM to 11PM from both interior and exterior, the artwork is located in the lobby of 100 Northern Avenue at Fan Pier. Commissioned by The Fallon Company to compliment the architectural design by HOK, it is the latest addition to the public art landscape of the Seaport District, also home to the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston.
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Virtual Depictions: San Francisco

350 Mission
San Francisco, United States
350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’ is a public art project consist of series of parametric data sculptures that tell the story of the city and people around us within a unique artistic approach for 350 Mission’s media wall in collaboration with Kilroy Realty Corporation / John Kilroy and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Architects. The main idea of ‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’ is to bring 21st century approach to public art to define new poetics of space through media arts and architecture and to create a unique parametric data sculptures that has an intelligence, memory and culture. Through architectural transformations of media wall located in 350 Mission’ lobby, main motivation with this seminal media architecture approach is to frame this experience with a meticulously abstract and cinematic site-specific data-driven narration. As a result, this media wall turns into a spectacular public event making direct and phantasmagorical connections to its surroundings through simultaneous juxtapositions. When creating this public artwork my goal was to make the invisible visible by embedding media arts into architecture to create a new way to experience a living urban space. The project also intends to contribute to contemporary discourse of public art by proposing a hybrid blend of media arts and architecture in 21st century.
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