21 DECEMBER 2019 – 1 AUGUST 2020

A city is a living entity, a constantly changing whole that is capable of remembering and learning its own movements. As with any living being, it has its own unique rhythm, a certain ebb, and flow, that is dependent on the relationship between its many networks and urban ecosystems. The interplay of its people, physicality, and environment makes up its essence, an imperceivable dance that until now has remained largely invisible. For Seoul Haemong, Refik Anadol Studio collaborated with the DDP and the City of Seoul to create a public art installation that showcased this otherwise uncontainable soul.Using the Zaha Hadid Architects’ DDP Building as a canvas, the performance collaborated with the mind of a machine to unearth the materiality of this structure and explore the architecture of memory itself. Upon unveiling DDP’s architectural form, the building set the stage for the exploration of a new kind of topographic memory, revealing upon its face the city’s collective histories. Choreographing this piece began by collecting 11 million of public data from the city in the form of the citizens’ stories. These visual stories come in the form of archival and personal photographs and documents – individual and communal narratives that offer a window into the past and hopes for the future. Using the machine mind (AI) to see the connections between these intimate visual memories, the performance transported viewers from a limited sense of place into a multi-dimensional spatial journey that visualized an otherwise intangible understanding of space and time. Likewise, upon synthesizing those memories, alternate realities of Seoul were imagined, revealing the collective consciousness of the city based on the interconnectedness of those individual ones.© Images Refik Anadol Studio



Refik Anadol (b. 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA. He received his MFA from UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

Refik Anadol is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material, along with the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualisations of our digitised memories, expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and th...
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