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AI exhibition at Berlin gallery creates city’s first public artwork offered as NFTs

Machine Hallucinations: Nature Dreams, is designed specifically for König Galerie by Turkish new media artist Refik Anadol, produces a giant data sculpture displaying machine-generated, dynamic pigments of nature and sound.

Nature Dreams, which opened at the weekend, consists of four new data paintings and is accompanied by Winds of Berlin, a site-specific, public art projection on the tower of St Agnes, which will be created from environmental real-time data collected from the city.

Unique NFT options

For König Galerie Anadol has also created unique NFT art options and the AI data sculpture Nature Dreams and his public projection, Winds of Berlin, will mark the first time a generative public artwork in Berlin to be offered in NFT form.

Anadol is a pioneer in the world of rare digital art and crypto collectibles, minting the first fully immersive digital artwork NFT in September 2021. This is his second large-scale solo exhibition in Germany following his site-specific installation Latent Being at Kraftwerk Berlin in 2019.

Machine Hallucinations: Nature Dreams is an architectural exhibition of synesthetic reality experiments based on GAN (The Generative Adversarial Network) algorithms developed by artificial intelligence and inspired by fluid dynamics. Nature Dreams turns datasets into latent multi-sensory experiences to ‘commemorate the beauty of the earth we share’.

“I am very excited to be back in Berlin to transform the façade of the iconic St Agnes church into a data sculpture and showcase our most cutting-edge AI data paintings from the Machine Hallucination series,” said Anadol. “Our studio’s [Refik Anadol Studio in Los Angeles ] exploration of digital pigmentation and light through fluid solver algorithms draws inspiration from nature-themed datasets, using the most innovative methods available to AI-based media artists.”

Coining the terms “data painting” and “latent cinema”, Anadol invites his audience to imagine alternative and dynamic realities by re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural elements.

Ongoing exploration of data aesthetics

Machine Hallucination is an ongoing exploration of data aesthetics (a recent iteration was displayed at The Shed in New York City) based on collective visual memories of space, nature, and urban environments.

Since the inception of the project during his 2016 during Google AMI Residency, Anadol has been utilising machine intelligence as a collaborator to human consciousness, specifically DCGAN, PGAN and StyleGAN algorithms trained on these vast datasets to reveal unrecognized layers of our external realities.

Digital archives

Anadol and his team collect data from digital archives and publicly available resources, then process the millions of photographic memories with machine learning classification models.

“The sorted image datasets are then clustered into thematic categories to better understand the semantic context of the data universe,” the studio said. “As a thoroughly curated multi-channel experience, Machine Hallucinations offers a new form of sensational autonomy via cybernetic serendipity.”

Machine Hallucinations: Nature Dreams runs until 17 December, 2021.

About the author – Adrian Murphy

Adrian is the Editor of MuseumNext and has 20 years’ experience as a journalist, half of which has been writing for the cultural sector.

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