Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles where his own Refik Anadol Studio operates. He is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Design Media Arts of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree.
The spatial thinker Anadol is intrigued by how the digital age demands a new aesthetic technique and a dynamic perception of space. By embedding media artworks in architecture, he realizes the possibility of a post-digital architecture that is without physical realities. Anadol addresses the challenges that are imposed on humans, namely, the gradual development of an enriched immersive environment and ubiquitous computing. His work explores how the perception and experience of time and space are radically changing now that the machine has completely taken over our everyday life.
Anadol is the recipient of many awards and prizes: the Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, the German Design Award, the UCLA Art + Architecture Moss Award, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award, the SEGD Global Design Awards, and the Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence Artist Residency Award.
Anadol’s site-specific audio-visual performances have been featured at iconic landmarks, prominent museums and acclaimed festivals around the world, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hammer Museum, the International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal, the Ars Electronica Festival, the l’Usine in Genève, the Arc De Triomf, the SANAA’s Zollverein School of Design Building, the Santral Istanbul Contemporary Art Center, the Outdoor Vision Festival, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Sydney City Art, the Lichtrouten, and so on.