In this episode hosted by computational designer Shankar Saanthakumar (ximulacra.com), we speak with Refik Anadol (@refikanadol), an artist who transforms vast data sets from a variety of sources into immersive, hallucinatory video installations. In this way, he does alchemy with vital but sometimes-dry information sources such as climate projections or medical data, transmuting them into overwhelming and evocative aesthetic experiences. These works then suggest intelligent and malleable architectures that resonate with the liquid structure of dreams, memories, and imagination.
Below is a video Refik shared with us that showcases the design logic of his project "Sense of Space and Molecular Architecture", which uses medical data and machine learning as the basis for an exploration of possible metabolic architectures for improved human health. Enjoy!
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