Archive Dreaming

Designer | Artist Refik Anadol Studio
Year 2017

Created by Refik Anadol Studio in collaboration with Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence program, and installed at the SALT Gatala, Istanbul / Turkey, Archive Dreaming is a 6 meters wide circular installation that employs machine learning algorithms to search and sort relations among 1,700,000 documents.

Presented as part of The Uses of Art: Final Exhibition with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, the installation is user-driven but when idle, the installation “dreams” of unexpected correlations among 1.7 million documents from 17th-20th century Ottoman Bank’s Cultural Archive.. The resulting high-dimensional data and interactions are translated into an architectural immersive space.