Born in Istanbul in 1985, REFIK ANADOL lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA degree from the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, as well an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul Bilgi University. He is a media artist and director working in the fields of live audio/visual performance and immersive art-in-architecture installations. In particular, his work explores the hybrid spaces of the digital and physical worlds, using technology to create a relationship between architecture and media art.
As an artist, designer and spatial thinker, Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol builds his work on the nomadic subject's reaction to, and interactions with, unconventional spatial orientations. Embedding media art into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post-digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewer to visualize alternative realities by re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have the potential to be utilized as the media artists’ canvas.
Privileging difference rather than singularity, and movement rather than stasis, Anadol examines the new challenges imposed on architects, artists, and engineers by the gradual development of an enriched, immersive urban environment and ubiquitous computing. How is our experience of space changing now that digital objects, ranging from smart phones to urban screens have all but colonized our everyday lives? How have new media technologies changed our conceptualizations of space, and how has architecture embraced or resisted these shifting perceptions? These are the main questions that Anadol tackles, not by simply integrating media into built forms, but by translating the logic of new media technologies into the human experience of spatial design.
An award winner in the fields of both art and technology, Anadol has served as artist-in-residence and guest lecturer around the world. His past site-specific audio/visual performances in the public space include The International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), Arts Electronica Festival (Austria), l’Usine | Genève (Switzerland), Arc De Triomf (Spain), Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building (Germany), Santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center (Turkey), Outdoor Vision Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA), Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey), and the City of Sydney (Australia).