Automated Hallucinations by Ravik Anadol Illuminate Riyadh

The work of the media artist Anatolian companion He began illuminating the world in many prestigious exhibitions as we see his name at Sotheby’s auctions. This time, he has highlighted the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia with technology and art through his latest installation.

The Noor Riyadh Festival of Light and Art, which brings together artists from 40 different countries, is the city’s annual festival of light and art, under the slogan “We dream of new horizons” this year. More than 190 artworks and installations displayed at the festival lit up the city of Riyadh and turned Riyadh evenings into dazzling nights. Site-specific installations, large-scale public artworks, temporary sculptures, art trails, virtual reality, building projections, and drone shows have all attracted the attention of art lovers.

Having hosted some of the world’s leading artists using technology, machine intelligence, digital innovations, data narration and artificial intelligence (AI) to boost creativity and deliver amazing experiences, one of the most dazzling pieces of the event belonged to Rafik Anadol from Turkey.

Immersive installation

Ravik Anadol’s immersive, multi-channel installation “Machine Hallucinations – Space” was presented to art-goers as part of the Noor Riyadh exhibition From Spark to Spirit in JAX, one of the city’s newly developed creative districts. Visitors will be immersed in the action inside a room with floor-to-ceiling screens showing a machine-created “shared dream,” based on recorded visual impressions of the city of Riyadh.

During the process, Anadol produced a generative network model on public images of Riyadh collected from social media platforms and digital image archives to create his work. In this study, the city’s data universe with more than a thousand hidden dimensions is processed through machine learning. Regarding his work, Anadol said, “Building in an immersive environment creates an environment in which we can enter the mind of a machine.”

Anadol’s Machine-Space Hallucinations emerged from his long-term research into the history of space exploration photography. After using advanced machine learning algorithms trained on deep space imagery, the piece opens a door to the unknown.


Amplexus artwork installation by artist Grimanesa Amoros at DQ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 27, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Noor Festival Riyadh)
Amplexus artwork installation by artist Grimanesa Amoros at DQ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 27, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Noor Festival Riyadh)

Light affects, transforms views

Curated by Neville Wakefield and co-curator Ghida Al-Moqrin, the exhibition “From Spark to Spirit” specifically traces the role of light in human life in the context of how it shapes our relationship with the world, how some of the participating artists use light to depict the progress and evolution of technology and how light influences and changes our view of the environment it inhabits. where we live.

Within this framework, Anadol’s work uses machine intelligence as a collaborator of human consciousness to reveal its unrecognized layers, providing an exciting new form of autonomy through electronic serendipity.

Born in Istanbul and currently living in Los Angeles, Refik Anadol runs a studio and research practice that aims to revamp approaches to data narratives by crafting alternate realities with the help of architectural elements. In his work, the artist builds a bridge between the virtual and the physical through 3D data sculptures that allow the audience to be surrounded by the visual language of the digital world.

Spatial memory

Just as the “light and space movement,” which began in California in the 1960s and was influenced by John McLaughlin, makes the viewer experience light and other sensory phenomena under specific conditions, reflecting changes in existing order, this exhibition explores a landscape of light affected by the rapid cultural shifts that shaped The Middle East.

As part of the exhibition, “Automotive Hallucinations – Space” captures the essence of this transformation and change. Anadol explores how memory can be experienced spatially and uses artificial intelligence techniques to find a way to mimic how our memories and dreams work in ways that are vivid, layered, and seem impulsive and random. In a world illuminated by ever-changing technologies and innovative techniques using light, his works refer to the unique property of light and its radiance that allows everyone to realize and project hopes and dreams in this world.

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in this unique experience until Friday.

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