Infinite Space Delivers AV Driven Fine Art

These days sophisticated AV systems are not just used to deliver images information of a straightforward nature, but also complex ideas and artist expression as well.

A really impressive example of this can be found within a recent exhibition by artist Refik Anadol which examines how to perceive or imagine infinity.

From June 13, 2019 through September 2, 2019 ‘ARTECHOUSE’ is presenting the first major retrospective of the work of an award-winning Los-Angeles based Turkish born artist Refik Anadol at its Washington, DC art space. The exhibition features his infamous immersive installation titled ‘Infinity Room’ which has now been seen by more than a million people around the world, including a half million during a tour in China alone last year and three infinity boxes as well as a selection of multimedia works spanning his variegated career.

One of the themes of the show is to use exciting and complex audio visual systems to try and help visitors imagine structures and patterns that repeat themselves into an imperceivable horizon. How do we frame imagined realities that represent something beyond our perception of life and of linear time?

One of the greatest eighteenth-century English artists William Blake famously said, “if the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.

Refik Anadol’s Infinite Space collection revisits Blake’s statement, and seeks to cleanse the doors of perception with the tools available to twenty-first-century artists. The exhibition explores memories and dreams through the mind of a machine by using data sets ranging from human memories, photographs of Mars, cultural archives and sea surface activity as data sculptures and paintings.

Exhibition highlights

ARCHIVE DREAMING – an immersive media installation that employs machine learning algorithms to understand the relationships between archival materials from the SALT Research collections.

MELTING MEMORIES – a data sculpture that explores the materiality of remembering by offering new insights into the representational possibilities emerging from the intersection of advanced technology and contemporary art.

BOSPHORUS – a data sculpture that explores the rhythms of Marmara Sea in Turkey to visualise the poetic experience of organic movement.

INFINITY ROOM – an immersive experience that hopes to capture the nature of infinity. Algorithmically generating light, sound and projection to portray the limitless, this piece seeks to deconstruct the framework of this illusory space and transgress the normal boundaries of the viewing experience. In 2017, Infinity Room was awarded Excellent Communications Design for Audiovisual Experience by The German Design Award.

WIND DATA PAINTINGS – a series of digital paintings which seek to use data from wind patterns in cities such as Seoul, Dubai, and Boston to create a fluid representations of this invisible force.

PLADIS: DATA UNIVERSE – an architectural immersive installation that explores a time and space journey inside an open source dataset from NASA.

MACHINE MEMOIRS – an exploration of celestial structures through the mind of a machine. This immersive installation aims to combine past explorations and dream of what may exist just beyond our reach.

MACHINE HALLUCINATIONS: MARS – an exploration of the relationship between memory and dreams, recognition and perception, offering a new kind of cartography for data universes using a neural network trained on images of Mars’ vast landscapes to imagine a space yet reachable by humankind.

All images courtesy of Refik Anadol
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