Refik Anadol: Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive

Serpentine North Gallery 16 February - 7 April 2024 Free


A pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence, artist and technologist Refik Anadol is known for his innovative media works and large-scale public installations. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive, Anadol’s first major institutional solo exhibition in the UK, envelops viewers in immersive environments that utilise years-long experimentation with visual data of coral reefs and rainforests and showcases the creative potential of AI.

The exhibition features the UK premiere of Living Archive: Large Nature Model, a new commission adapted specially for Serpentine North. The installation wraps the gallery walls in AI generated images inspired by data of flora, fungi and fauna from over 16 rainforest locations globally, which was collected using technologies such as LiDAR and photogrammetry. At the crossroads of visual art, science, and technology, Anadol also presents Artificial Realities: Coral, a sound and video experience highlighting the vital role of coral reefs in the ocean ecosystem. Also on view is Artificial Realities: Rainforest, Anadol’s most recent project, which marks the longest continuous generative AI visualisation on nature to date. It is the first installation in a growing body of work that is created employing The Large Nature Model, the world’s first open source generative AI model dedicated to nature. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive investigates the ways in which technology alters our perception of the natural world and our experience of time and space.



About Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is the Director of Refik Anadol Studio in Los Angeles and Lecturer at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts from which he obtained a Master of Fine Arts. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Anadol has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennial (2021); NGV Triennial in Melbourne (2020); Ars Electronica Linz (2017); and Istanbul Biennial (2015). His works have widely been presented internationally, including recent exhibitions at Kunsthal Rotterdam (2023); Arken Museum of Modern Art (2023); ArtScience Museum, Singapore (2023); Espoo Museum of Modern Art (2022-23), Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2023); Centre Pompidou-Metz (2022); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2022); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2022). 


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