Refik Anadol’s art speaks to the spirit. I would like to start with Anadol’s mission statement. Some of the questions he is exploring are “What can a machine do with someone else’s memories?” and “what does it mean to use AI in the 21st century?” He is interested in how human instincts manipulate machines. When confronted with his work we are standing on the edge of what is real and what is virtual. Refik is the master of effortlessly using AI as his paint brush. He is letting humans and machines have a conversation and he is the mediator and at the same time he is the creator.
Anadol, who paints with his virtual brush, is beginning a new chapter for Nifty Gateway on May 5th. He has a powerful imagination. With the power of technology, he eloquently turns people’s memories to tangible artwork. If you look closely at his work, it is made up of millions of tiny points, and every single point represents data he is manipulating to portray his vision of the future. The images he creates with data look natural or biological. They look like abstracted kelp forests on the ocean floor or glaciers melting. He is using data as his pigment and makes invisible moments visible, like seeing microorganisms under a microscope. He is giving memories tangible form and creating a language from that.
Anadol is one of the most successful AI artists in the world who helps people see the unseenable and makes their dreams come true in physical space.
AI is only intelligent when humans give it direction. He is teaching the machine to process memories and letting it make connections between many peoples’ memories and dreams. He is successfully creating a unique language. Anadol’s AI work evokes emotion and is not presenting the viewer with raw data. Rather he lets the AI process the data and make it visual. He is using AI to create an alternative reality. After that, he is showing you the outcome. Anadol is creating a visual poem with data that many different people could understand and appreciate. He is a painter, sculptor, poet and scientist, but he is definitely not a typical painter, sculptor or scientist. He wants the viewers to experience the future.. The artist is using a new imaginative method of art making that the world has not yet seen.
Moreover, Anadol is the master of displaying visualized data in the physical and virtual space. For him, everything becomes his canvas.He is building a bridge between the screen and the physical world. He is bringing the conversation between machines and humans to the gallery.