Refik Anadol
Latent Being

AI data paintings presenting a new type of collective imagination, merging past, present and future

23 Nov 2019 — 05 Jan 2020
Kraftwerk Berlin

Latent Being was a site-specific large-scale installation by media artist Refik Anadol, a pioneer in the aesthetics of artificial intelligence, that responded to the cathedral-like concrete vastness of Kraftwerk Berlin, a former East Berlin power-plant.

Visitors were invited to walk through an immersive and interactive environment, in which data relating to the city, the architecture and the visitors were transformed into hallucinogenic, large-scale AI data paintings displayed on LED walls. By using a cutting-edge deep learning algorithm to create this interactive AI-human constellation, Anadol’s work challenged our perception of ‘space’ and our relationship with AI entities.

Through his use of data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerised mind as his collaborator, Anadol offers us radical visualisations of our digitised memories and expands the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion.

Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin. © LAS Light Art Space © Refik Anadol – Video Production: Hiroo Tanaka

“Machines are allowing us to think beyond our linear life and have a new type of imagination. What kind of cultural narratives can we create if machines tell us what experiences are shared.”

Refik Anadol, Sleek Magazine

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence.


Latent Being is a new installation presented by LAS Light Art Space that turns Kraftwerk Berlin into a dynamic human-AI eco-system

Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin. © Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol in conversation with Ben Vickers

Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin. © Refik Anadol – Video: Hiroo Tanaka

Latent Being is the AI installation teaching an algorithm to hallucinate about Berlin

Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin. © Camille Blake
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