Istanbul’s Pilevneli Gallery, located in Beyoğlu’s district Dolapdere quarter, has recently hosted a great digital art exhibition. The world-famous Turkish artist Refik Anadol and his works are groundbreaking!
A Great Exhibition in Istanbul
Istanbul’s Pilevneli Gallery is presenting media artist Refik Anadol’s new solo exhibition. So, the title of the exhibition is “Machine Memoirs: Space,” and it is introducing a new body of works. The gallery takes place in Beyoğlu’s district Dolapdere quarter. So, the gallery will continue to display Anadol’s work till April 25.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Anadol said that he always brought his best ideas to Turkey.
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“I have developed very meaningful relationships in all the works I have done in Istanbul for 10 years. I realize my best ideas here, such as the “Sounds of İstiklal Street” project in 2011, “Archive Dream” or “Melting Memories,” he said.
Art for Every Age, Art for the Whole Community
The artist made a statement by referring to the keen interest of especially young people in digital arts. He said: “My dream as an artist was the possibility of making art for every age, every culture, and every person. This is why I work with a team of 14 people who can speak 14 languages and represent 10 countries. In this sense, universality is one of my biggest concerns. But I see that especially my young friends are interested in artificial intelligence, space, big data and foreseeing new experiences of the future.”
Stating that the high interest of young people of Turkey puts different responsibilities on him. Anadol said: “Within the framework of the exhibition, I dream of free workshops on artificial intelligence as much as I can. To be honest, I did not expect such interest, and I would like to turn this effect into a positive sharing. For this reason, I presented all data in open source at the exhibition. I put up screens where visitors can see the name and method of the algorithm used.”
He pointed out that they included experiences spread over four floors in the exhibition. And that there are different sections that surround viewers, such as raw data, sculpture, and painting.
Two More Digital Art Exhibitions This Year
Refik Anadol hopes that the exhibition would make everyone feel good during the pandemic process. The artist said: “I am preparing two more exhibitions this year in Turkey. I hope we will meet again with art lovers.”
So, the artist could display the exhibition with special support from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The exhibition, by the way, “Machine Memoirs: Space,” is the most comprehensive solo exhibition by Refik Anadol Studio in Istanbul to date. It speculates a new conceptual framework to turn the spotlight on the vast photographic archives that document the history of space exploration.
The Digital Art Exhibition Will be Open Until April 25
“Machine Memoirs: Space” will be open for visitors free of charge until April 25.
Who is Refik Anadol?
The world-famous Turkish artist Refik Anadol was born in Istanbul in 1985. The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles. What’s more, he is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.
The artist has been working in several fields of art. The first one is the fields of site-specific public art with a parametric data sculpture approach. As for another field, he’s been working in live audio/visual performance with an immersive installation approach. As for the main scope of his works, he aims to explore the space between digital and physical entities. So, for making this possible, he creates a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. And for doing this, the artist uses machine intelligence.
A Career with Full of Accomplishments and Awards
So, the eminent and accomplished Turkish artist Refik Anadol is the recipient of a number of awards. Here are some of the awards that he received:
- Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award,
- German Design Award,
- UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award,
- University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award,
- SEGD Global Design Awards,
- Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award.