This AI data painting is based on a raw dataset of millions of photographs captured by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) telescope that can be found in the public archives. In order to process such vast data, a custom algorithm was created and programmed to “hallucinate” synthetic landscapes of the Martian surface, triggering our imagination about a place that is not yet familiar, but we continually set out to explore and understand.
Machine Hallucinations: Space is an-going AI research of data aesthetics at the RAS Lab based on collective visual memories of space. Since 2016, Anadol and his team have been using custom algorithms to train machine intelligence in processing these vast datasets and unfolding unrecognized layers of our external realities. In this gallery, they invite the audience to reflect on the relationship between technology, AI, and space explorations by viewing how the machine intelligence hallucinates after “seeing” millions of space images taken by the Hubble, ISS, and MRO telescopes.
The artwork comes with an artist-signed 3D physical certificate with backup, a 75’’ digital canvas, a custom computer and software.
About Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as the primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion.
Anadol’s site-specific AI data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, its temporal and spatial dimensions, and the creative potential of machines.