Refik Anadol’s Data Sculpture: Melting Memories

New media artist, director and designer Refik Anadol recently finished his second solo exhibition at Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul. Melting Memories focuses on the movements that the act of “remembering” causes in the brain, Anadol emphasized the idea of transforming these movements into algorithms via a sensor developed at the neurology laboratories at University of California. Believing that the question “What are memories and what do they tell us?” – discussed by the art and literature scenes since the 20th century) – has become “What can we do with memories?” the artist looked for new answers for his exhibition Melting Memories.

Over the years, he took an interest in audiovisual live performances and space-based installations. His projects form a connection between architecture and new media arts. The young artist has won many prestigious awards including Microsoft Research’s Best Vision Award, German Design Award, UCLA Art+Architecture Moss Award, and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Award.

The exhibition offered wonderful imagery and gave visitors the chance to view sculptures and 3-D canvases on large-scale LED screens with lights and projections.