An MFA graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Refik Anadol (b. 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey) is internationally renowned for his visual simulations, which he calls “data sculptures” or “data paintings.” To create these mesmerizing, often immersive moving images, he trains machines to process and transform a wide array of real-world data sets such as wind patterns, Bluetooth signals, or, as in Quantum Memories (2020) —shown at the 2020 NGV Triennial in Melbourne —200 million images of nature. For Anadol, data is a pigment and machines are human collaborators, capable of hallucinating new and vivid impressions of reality. He continues to push the boundaries of art and technology with his eponymous studio and research initiative RAS LAB in Los Angeles.
“ The future is my motivation. I’m deeply inspired and excited by how humanity will progress. My team, our audience and the future is the triangle where I imagine and create. It’s a beautiful space to be in. ”