What if we could visualize thoughts? Would they be strange blossoms, dark labyrinths or ominous ocean waves? Refik Anadol plays with the transcendence between the digital and analogue world. At the Volvo Art Session 2019, he is showing his captivating installation “Melting Memories”.

This installation is not just art, but also a research project. The Turkish-born artist works with electroencephalograms, which he uses to visualize brain functions.

Archive Dreaming, Istanbul

Architecture as a canvas, light as the subject matter and data as the content: this is Refik Anadol’s art. Archive Dreaming is an algorithm performance comprised of 1.7 million data sets which the Los Angeles-based artist visualized in Istanbul.

WDCH Dream Walt Disney Concert Hall

The high point of Refik Anadol’s creative output so far has been the illumination of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which was designed by Frank Gehry. Anadol was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to visualize the orchestra’s 100-year history. To do this, the 34-year-old and his team developed a machine which translates the LA Phil’s entire digital archive – totalling 45 terabytes of data – into images which were projected onto the building’s unique architecture.

Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019
Refik Anadol Volvo Art Session 2019

Quantum Foam, Istanbul

Refik Anadol translates and interlinks various sciences. With his “Quantum Foam” piece of concept art, for example, he explored the experiments of physicist John Wheeler, who used quantum foam with the aim of proving quantum gravity.