In a world where everything is finite and has an end, how do you imagine infinity?
That’s the question that Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol hopes to answer with his project “Infinite Space”, a new exhibit open from now until September 2 at Washington, D.C.'s ARTECHOUSE.
The exhibit uses machine-learning algorithms to create moving images based on datasets. The images are then played on and projected onto ARTECHOUSE’s massive screens, to fully immerse viewers in the infinite experience.
The goal of the exhibit is to bring viewers outside the typical limits of human observation, by using new technology to “cleanse the doors of perception,” according to a news release.
“I hope to offer a new visualization of our digitized memories, expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion, as well as a dramatic rethinking of the physical world, our relationship to time and space, and the creative potential of machines to enhance our cognitive capacities,” Anadol said in a statement.
Anadol specializes in this kind of art, which combines data with human experiences and creations. His code-based work is site-specific, altered for each location at which the exhibit is hosted.
“Infinite Space” utilizes data about human memories, space, cultural archives and sea surface activity. “Infinity Room,” an aspect of the exhibit that algorithmically generates light and sound, has been seen by over a million people worldwide.
There are also a few “data sculptures,” animations based on data that are made to look three-dimensional and move organically on their immersive screens.
Tickets are available now, and range from $8-$16 if purchased via the museum’s website, or $10-$20 if purchased onsite.