In 2006, British mathematician Clive Humby famously said “data is the new oil”. He didn’t know that this would also be the new art.
Turkish-American artist and TED Fellow Refik Anadol, one of the leading practitioners of what he calls “data painting,” has been using data as the core of his work for over a decade. During this time he won awards He has been featured in shows such as the Lumen Prize and at the Venice Architecture Biennale and at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“I’ve always been interested in painting with data,” Anadol told Artnet News from Barcelona last weekend to create a new piece of digital art for the façade of Antoni Gaudí’s iconic Casa Batlló. Thousands of spectators filled the square outside Watch the lighting at an event hosted by OFF Festival. The work traded as NFT when it sold for $1.38 million at Christie’s last week (and came with a dinner for 10).
“For me NFTs and digital art have to be experiential. Icons became my canvas,” said Anadol. “I am interested in exploring the architectural field as deeply as possible. All my artwork tends to have a physical connection to the public sphere.”
“I learned creative coding at UCLA,” she says, referring to her time spent in the school’s media arts program. There, including advisors Christian Moeller, Casey Reas and Jennifer Steinkamp.
After graduating in 2014, Refik Anadol Studio, It currently has a staff of 15 people. “Our staff is multicultural and multilingual,” said Anadol. “We have an incredible staff with diverse minds and competencies.”
Early in his career, Anadol focused on finding support from other technologists rather than the art world. “When I first opened the studio in 2014, our first collaborators were not from the world of art or design. They came from technology,” he said.
In Quantum Memories, While a resident artist at Google, he used the search giant’s publicly available quantum computing algorithms to 3D map the possibility of a parallel world. Part science fiction, part advanced computer graphics, The algorithm processed around 200 million nature images to create an interactive algorithm. gesamtkunstwerkby simulating real-time simulations of audience movements into an entangled web of productive world-building.
In another piece, Melting Memories (2018), Inspired by his uncle’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Anadol transformed the brain scans into projection images for the walls of the Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul. The artwork and others also benefited from Anadol’s longstanding interest in images and history of space exploration.
Until today, Various iterations of NFT have been auctioned off through Nifty Gateway and Sotheby’s, and total sales of the project have now exceeded $13 million. CryptoArt.io. “I am extremely grateful to the NFT community for supporting my work,” he said. “The world of NFT has given my studio economic independence.”
(Asked what he did with his wealth, Anadol says anything he doesn’t reinvest in his studio goes to charity. one NFT from the collection “An Important Memory for Humanity” He raised $1.5 million for St Jude Children’s Hospital.)
“In my art practice, I often ask myself the question: How does a computer collaborate with us to make art not only about futuristic but also about various future possibilities?” said. “I think we only come close to answering this question when we combine research efforts in various fields, including neuroscience, architecture, quantum computing, materials science, philosophy and the arts.”
Anadol is now intensely preparing for two new works: one for exhibition Palazzo Strozzi reviving Italian Renaissance artworks; the other is a new work to be exhibited in Istanbul, based on the writings of the 13th century Iranian poet Rumi. For the second work, Anadol will make a digital installation in the foyer of the recently redesigned AKM Theater in Taksim Square.
“We all stand on the shoulders of giants,” said Anadol. “I’m just trying to discover the language of humanity.”
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