Refik Anadol

UCLA Design and Media Arts

Media Architecture in the Age of Machine Intelligence


Embedding media arts into architecture, Refik questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities with machine intelligence. In this talk he will share his studio’s unique journey with light as a material and architecture as a canvas. His recent experiments and permanent public art installations will collide with machine intelligence and future-forward insights to conclude his talk.


Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He 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 an approach called “parametric data sculpture” and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation. In particular, his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, Master of Fine Arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as a Bachelors of Arts Degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video.