Refik Anadol is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His work addresses the challenges, and the possibilities, that ubiquitous computing has imposed on humanity, and what it means to be a human in the age of AI. He explores how the perception and experience of time and space are radically changing now that machines dominate our everyday lives. As a spatial thinker, Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the digital age and machine intelligence allow for a new aesthetic technique to create enriched immersive environments that offer a dynamic perception of space.
Residing at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, Anadol’s site-specific three-dimensional data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many virtual and physical forms. Entire buildings come to life, floors, walls, and ceilings disappear into infinity, breathtaking aesthetics take shape from large swaths of data, and what was once invisible to the human eye becomes visible, offering the audience a new perspective on, and narrative of their worlds.
Anadol currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he owns and operates Refik Anadol Studio and RAS LAB, the Studio’s research practice centered around discovering and developing trailblazing approaches to data narratives and artificial intelligence. He is also a lecturer and researcher for UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts from which he obtained his Master of Fine Arts.
Dr. Maya Ackerman is a researcher and entrepreneur in the fields of Machine Learning and Computational Creativity. She was named "2020 Woman of Influence" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is the CEO & Co-Founder of WaveAI, a musical AI startup, and she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University. She is also an accomplished singer and music producer.
Dr. Ackerman has been an invited speaker at the United Nations, IBM Research, Google, and Stanford University, and has appeared on NBC News, New Scientist, Grammy.com, and international television stations across the globe. She is the recipient of awards from the Association of Computational Creativity, Office of Naval Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Shanghai Yangpu Global Competition, the Startup Conference, and more.
Dr. Ackerman earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and she held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Caltech and UC San Diego. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Creativity and a member of the Steering Committee of the Association on Computational Creativity.