Refik Anadol: Machine Hallucination

Refik Anadol: Machine Hallucination

Artechouse’s new state of the art digital art space in New York has opened with an inaugural exhibition by Refik Anadol . Machine Hallucination is the artist’s first large scale installation in New York City.

Artechouse is New York City’s first permanent venue constructed solely for new media art. The new Artechouse space, and Anadol’s installation Machine Hallucination, opened to the public on 6 September and the exhibition runs until 1 December. 

Machine Hallucination speculates on the future of cinema in the age of machine intelligence, and explores architectural space, spatialisation and the perception and navigation of the city through the mind of a machine. To make the work, machine learning algorithms processed over 100 million publicly available photographs of New York City. The result is a record of the way algorithms form a ‘perspective’ or ‘understanding’ of the city. The piece used the largest data set ever gathered for an artwork, creating a complex portrait of the city as well as an insight into the way machines organise and filter information. 

Machine Hallucination is on display in the boiler room space beneath the main concourse of Chelsea Market and brings the latest technology into direct contact with century old architecture. The project showcases the digital art and sound capabilities of Artechouse, with 150 megapixel 16K laser projection technology and 32-channel sound capabilities enabling new high definition and multidimensional performances and projects. Through Machine Hallucination, the space is transformed into the mind of a machine, reimagining the audiovisual and temporal spaces and textures of the city. 

I’m especially proud to be the first to reimagine this historic building, which is more than 100 years old. By employing machine intelligence to help narrate the hybrid relationship between architecture and our perception of time and space, ​Machine Hallucination ​offers the audience a glimpse into the future of architecture itself.”- Refik Anadol


Machine Hallucination is at Artechouse, 439 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011, USA until 1 December. 

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