About the Exhibit

Machine Hallucination 2019

For the inaugural installation at ARTECHOUSE NYC, we collaborated with renowned media artist Refik Anadol to present his first large-scale installation in New York City and his first to utilize artificial intelligence (AI).

By deploying machine learning algorithms on one of the world’s largest datasets — over 100 million architectural images of New York City — Anadol created a cinematic data universe of the city’s collective memories and their AI re-imaginings that we helped transform into an immersive, technologically-unprecedented experience of the city’s deeply-hidden consciousness.

“I feel privileged to be chosen as the inaugural artist for ARTECHOUSE’s newest space. I’m especially proud to be the first to reimagine this historic building, which is more than 100 years old. By employing machine intelligence to help narrate the hybrid relationship between architecture and our perception of time and space, Machine Hallucination offers the audience a glimpse into the future of architecture itself.” – Refik Anadol

By embedding photography within artificial intelligence, this mixed-reality experiment revealed the hidden connections between unique moments in the city’s iconic architectural history and created “hallucinations” in 1025 latent dimensions of its near future — narrating the fluid consciousness of the city and displaying cultural information in a way that allowed visitors to realize the complex fabric that unfolds their present realities.

About the artist

Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol (b.1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His body of work positions creativity at the intersection of humans and machines.

In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as his collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative and the body in motion.

Anadol’s site-specific parametric data sculptures, live audio/visual performances and immersive installations take many forms, while offering a dramatic rethinking of the physical world, our relationship to time and space and the creative potential of machines.

Anadol is also a lecturer and researcher for UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts, from which he obtained his Master of Fine Arts.

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