Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is a media artist, director and designer born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

He is an emerging artist working in the fields of live audio/visual performance, site-specific immersive installation and parametric sculpture, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. He holds a master of fine arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, master of fine arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.

As a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking of the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol builds his works on the nomadic subject’s reaction to and interactions with unconventional spatial orientations. Embedding media arts into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.

Privileging difference rather than singularity and movement rather than stasis, Anadol faces all the new challenges that the gradual development of an enriched immersive environment and ubiquitous computing impose on architects, media artists and engineers. How is our experience of space changing, now that digital objects ranging from smart phones to urban screens have all but colonized our everyday lives? How have media technologies changed our conceptualizations of space, and how has architecture embraced these shifting conceptualizations? These are the three main questions that Anadol tackles by not simply integrating media into built forms, but by translating the logic of a new media technology into spatial design.

He has been awarded numerous honours, awards, residencies and has served as a guest lecturer. His site-specific audio/visual performances in the public space have been seen in International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), l’Usine | Genève (Switzerland), Arc De Triomf (Spain), Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building (Germany), santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center(Turkey), Outdoor Vision Festival SantaFe New Mexico (USA), Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey), Sydney (Australia), Lichtrouten (Germany).

Selected Exhibitions
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2014 Cavity, RH Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, USA
2014 Algo-Rhythms, Sonos-Studio, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic Project, New York, USA
2014 UCLA DMA Media Arts MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Presentism: Light as Material, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2014 VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series: Dreams to Reaalities Istanbul Modern, Istanbul,
2013 Parallel Threads, Ekavart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Prefix, Media Arts MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2013 Incidence, UCLA DMA MFA Group Show, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2013 The Active Apparatus and Liminal Landscapes, Young Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Istanbul Design Biennial, istanbulmodern, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Sceptical Interventions, Pilevneli Projects, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Antrepo 5, Sanat Limanı, Istanbul
2011 Minus Feld, American Hospital, “Operation Room”, Istanbul
2010 Human Landscapes, Goethe Institut&Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
2010 Spagat, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany
2010 Untitled II, ULG, Liége, Belgium
2010 Track 09, ÇSM – santralistanbul, Istanbul
2009 Untitled, Galeri 1 – santralistanbul, Istanbul
2009 Academy Meets Photokina, Photokina, Köln, Germany
2008 Track 08, ÇSM – santralistanbul, Istanbul

Selected A/V Performances
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2014 “Tree of Life”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2014 “Algo-Rhythms”, Sonos-Studio, Los Angeles, USA
2014 “The Aether Project”, IDEAS, Los Angeles, USA
2013 “Semaphore”, LichtRouten, Lüdenscheid, Germany
2013 “Liminality”, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles, USA
2012 “Peripheral”, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles, USA
2012 “Highlights”, Urban Prototyping:SF, San Francisco, USA
2012 “Augmented Structures v2.0″, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 “Epiphaneia”, Montreal Design Biennial, Montreal, Canada
2012 “Legorreta Alive”, SantaFe Art and Design Universty, New Mexico, USA
2011 “Augmented Structures v1.0″, Yapı Kredi Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 “Arc de Triomf”, Barcelona, Spain
2011 “Cerha Momentum”, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
2010 “MRO”, Tabakfabrik – Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
2010 “Quadrangle”, Zollverein – Ruhr 2010 European Capital of Culture, Essen, Germany
2009 “Quadrature”, Contemporary Art Center – santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

Selected Press / Bibliography
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2014 Huffington Post – Article
2014 Digital Art Served – Feature
2014 XOXO The Mag – Interview
2014 Art Served – Feature
2014 I.D Magazine – Feature
2014 Protein – Feature
2014 Motherboard Vice – Article
2014 Wired – Article
2014 Sanatblog – Interview
2013 LA Times – Article
2013 The Creators Project – Article
2013 LA Weekly – Article
2013 IdN World – Interview
2013 The Fox is Black – Selection
2013 LA Mag – Selection
2013 Design Boom – Selection
2013 Art Ltd Magazine – Interview
2012 Designboom – Article
2012 Archinect – Article
2012 Create Digital Motion – Article
2012 ArchDaily – Article
2012 Fubiz – Article
2012 Designweek – Article
2012 artsHub Australia – Article
2010 Creative Applications Network – Featured