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Refik Anadol: Melting Memories, photo by Paperlyte, installation view at Dallas City Hall

Melting Memories


Comprising data paintings, augmented data sculptures and light projections, Melting Memories (2018) debuts new advances in technology that enable visitors to experience aesthetic interpretations of motor movements inside a human brain. Each work grows out of the artist’s impressive experiments with the advanced technology tools provided by the Neuroscape Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. Neuroscape is a neuroscience center focusing on technology creation and scientific research on brain function of both healthy and impaired individuals. Anadol gathers data on the neural mechanisms of cognitive control from an EEG (electroencephalogram) that measures changes in brain wave activity and provides evidence of how the brain functions over time. These data sets constitute the building blocks for the unique algorithms that the artist uses to create the multi-dimensional visual structures on display.


Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. He works in the fields of site-specific public art, using parametric data sculptures, and live audio/visual performance with immersive installations. His works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. 

Anadol holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts; a Master of Fine Arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design; and a bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in photography and video. He is also the Co-founder and Creative Director at Antilop.