Refik Anadol
Latent Being

23 November 2019 — 5 January 2020
Kraftwerk Berlin

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

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.

“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.
Biography, Refik Anadol

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

Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin.


Refik Anadol in conversation with Ben Vickers

Refik Anadol: Latent Being, 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin. © LAS Light Art Space (Video production: Hiroo Tanaka)


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

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

Breakthroughs of the Year: Science in the Arts

Media artist and director Refik Anadol was voted one of the top ten winners in the Science in the Arts category of Falling Wall's Breakthroughs of the Year award for his LAS-commissioned exhibition Latent Being, which was presented at Kraftwerk Berlin in 2019. Hear Anadol discuss his work in the Winners Session.

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