‘It’s All Machine-Made’: Crossover NFT Art Star Refik Anadol’s New Installation at MoMA Lets A.I. Do the Creating, Generating, and Dreaming, Richard Whiddington, δημοσίευση στο Artnet News [21/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Imagine the following proposition: after viewing all 130,000 works in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, a person is asked to produce an artistic reflection. Assuming the individual hasn’t died of exhaustion, what might their work look like? This premise is at the heart of Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised, a newly unveiled project that feeds the museum’s collection into an A.I. that spits out ceaselessly shifting works of beguiling shape and color.
We know machines can learn, we know they can create (thanks to A.I. image generators), but, Anadol asks, can they dream or hallucinate? If these questions sound eerily similar to Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? it’s no coincidence. Anadol claims Ridley Scott’s film adaptation Blade Runner has haunted his thinking since boyhood, in particular the realization of the replicant Rachael that her memories have been implanted.
At MoMA, Anadol plays Eldon Tyrell, a man eager to see the dreams and memories of a machine burdened with 200 years’ worth of art images.
“We feel museums have a responsibility to support artists who are exploring and critiquing new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence,” MoMA curators Michelle Kuo and Paola Antonelli told Artnet News. “With Anadol, we hope to give visitors a new experience and perception of art.”
Standing in MoMA’s cavernous lobby and watching Unsupervised work is certainly a novel experience. It fills a 24-by-24 feet screen with a restless sculpture, some mutant form that is crimson marshmallow one moment and luminescent cobweb the next. Blink and its form, texture, color is anew.
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