Refik Anadol was born in 1985 in Istanbul. After graduating from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Bilgi University, he completed his master’s degree at his alma mater. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Department of Design Media Arts of UCLA with a full scholarship and Moss Award.
He is working in the field of live audio/visual performance design and architectural photography, particularly his works explores the space among digital and physical by creating a relationship between architecture and media arts. As an audio and visual artist, designer and spatial thinker, Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. He builds his works on the nomadic subject’s reaction to and interactions with unconventional spatial orientations. Embedding media design into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. His work suggests that all spaces and facades have the potential to be utilized as the contemporary artists’ canvases.
His site-specific audio/visual performances in the public space have been seen in International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada), l’Usine | Genève (Switzerland), Arc De Triomf (Spain), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), Zollverein | SANAA’s School of Design Building (Germany), santralistanbul Contemporary Art Center(Turkey), Outdoor Vision Festival SantaFe New Mexico (USA), and Istanbul Design Biennial (Turkey).
In 2013, Anadol was awarded the Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship, and realized his exhibition "The Active Apparatus and Liminal Landscapes" at the Young Projects Gallery in Los Angeles.
2008, Track 08, ÇSM, santralistanbul, Istanbul
2009, Academy Meets Photokina, Photokina, Köln
2009, Untitled, Galeri 1, santralistanbul, Istanbul
2010, Track 09, ÇSM, santralistanbul, Istanbul
2010, Untitled II, ULG, Liége, Belgium
2010, Spagat, Marta Herford Museum, Herford
2010, Human Landscapes, Goethe Institut & Contretype, Brussels
2011, Minus Feld, American Hospital, “Operation Room”, Istanbul
2012, Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Antrepo 5, Sanat Limanı, Istanbul
2012, Sceptical Interventions, Pilevneli Projects, Istanbul
2012, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2013, The Active Apparatus and Liminal Landscapes, Young Projects, Los Angeles
Selected A/V Performances:
2009, “Quadrature”, Contemporary Art Center – santralistanbul, Istanbul
2010, “Quadrangle”, Zollverein – Ruhr 2010 European Capital of Culture, Essen
2010, “MRO”, Tabakfabrik – Ars Electronica Festival, Linz
2011, “Cerha Momentum”, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz
2011, “Arc de Triomf”, Barcelona
2011, “Augmented Structures v1.0″, Yapı Kredi Culture and Art Center, Istanbul
2012, “Legorreta Alive”, SantaFe Art and Design University, New Mexico
2012, “Epiphaneia”, Montreal Design Biennial, Montreal
2012, “Augmented Structures v2.0″, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul
2012, “Highlights”, Urban Prototyping:SF, San Francisco
2012, “Peripheral”, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles
2013, “Liminality”, Temporary Immersive Environments, Los Angeles
Reference: refikanadol.com, dma.ucla.edu