Refik Anadol is an internationally acclaimed Turkish media artist and director based in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of Refik Anadol Studio and RAS LAB, a research practice delving into innovative data narratives. Anadol’s also a lecturer and researcher at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts, where he earned his MFA.His extensive body of work delves into the profound shifts brought by ubiquitous computing, pondering human existence in the AI era. Anadol is fascinated by how machines are reshaping our perception of time and space. His creations, spanning site-specific AI data sculptures, live audiovisual performances, and immersive installations, challenge our engagement with the physical world, pushing the boundaries of architecture, narrative, and motion. This is all part of his broader exploration of the dynamic interplay between digital and physical realms, bridging architecture and media arts through machine intelligence. Through Anadol's innovative approach, he envisions a future where every space, both interior and exterior, can serve as a canvas for media art.
Selected public site-specific audio-visual performances and exhibitions include National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Australia); MEET Digital Culture Center (Italy), Artechouse New York (USA); Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA); Hammer Museum (USA); International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria); L'Usine Geneve (Switzerland); Arc de Triomf (Spain); Zollverein SANAA's School of Design building (Germany); Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey) and Sydney City Art (Australia). Anadol has also been granted many awards including The Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Award in Exhibition Design, Microsoft Research Best Vision Award, German Design Award, UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Awards, SEGD Global Design Award and Google's Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award.