Perceiving infinity and imagining what it might be like has always been one of the central aspects of art. Our life is marked by a sense of finiteness – a feeling that everything we perceive will one day cease to exist.

But if finiteness is the only absolute truth in life, how can we envisage structures and patterns that repeat themselves in an unimaginable horizon? How can we frame imaginary realities that represent something that extends beyond our perception of life and linear time?

Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019“Infinite Space” at the Volvo Art Session

Infinite Space is the first major retrospective by the award-winning Turkish artist Refik Anadol. It invites visitors to open themselves and their senses up to the infinite transformation and endless possibilities that lie at the interfaces between man and machine.

Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019
William Blake, one of the most important English artists of the eighteenth century, said: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.” Infinite Space is a collection of works that critically acknowledges Blake’s statement and strives to cleanse the doors of human perception with the tools that artists of the 21st century have at their disposal.

The exhibition explores memories and dreams in the mind of a machine by using datasets of human memories, photographs of Mars, cultural archives and sea surface activity as data sculptures and digital paintings.

Two exhibits from “Infinite Space” can be seen this year’s Volvo Art Session:

MELTING MEMORIES

Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019
Melting Memories is a data sculpture that examines the materiality of remembering by offering new insights into the representation opportunities that arise from the interface between progressive technology and contemporary art.

INFINITY ROOM

Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019
The Infinity Room is a fascinating experience that seeks to capture the nature of infinity. This work creates lights, sounds and projections in order to represent boundlessness, and attempts to deconstruct the framework of this illusory space and go beyond the normal bounds of visual experience.