Refik Anadol: Unsupervised
“Often, AI is used to classify, process, and generate realistic representations of the world. Anadol’s work, by contrast, is visionary: it explores dreams, hallucination, and irrationality, posing an alternate understanding of modern art—and of artmaking itself.” said the curator Michelle Kuo.
On view at MoMA this major installation will feature three new digital artworks by Refik Anadol that use artificial intelligence to interpret and transform more than 200 years of art from MoMA’s collection.
In 2021, Anadol presented an online exhibition on the digital art platform Feral File, for which he trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to interpret the publicly available visual and informational data of MoMA’s collection. The result is a real-time software artwork that continuously generates new and surreal images as the machine-learning model “walks” through its conception of MoMA’s collection, reimagining the trajectory of modern art, paying homage to its history, and dreaming about its future. To increase accessibility to those works, all of which remain publicly and permanently viewable on Feral File, the artist released them as NFTs in both large and small editions during a live online auction at the launch of that exhibition. For this site-specific installation at MoMA, Anadol has revised the artworks he made in 2021 to incorporate real-time input from the surrounding environment—changes in light, movement, volume, and the weather—which, in turn, affect the continuously changing imagery.
Sat – Thu 10:30am – 5:30pm
Fri 10:30am – 8pm
Museum of Modern Art – MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, New York, USA