An AI artist uses the north wall of the Pinakothek der Moderne: colorful and swirling colorful worlds

Munich Anyone who has never dared, but always wanted to know what the flight of LSD is causing in the brains of some consumers, should take a look at the digital data sculpture designed by Rafik Anadol on the north side of Pinakothek der Moderne. Because it reminds you of those narcotic intoxicants. At least if you believe the descriptions of the experiment by the Swiss chemist and discoverer of LSD Albert Hoffmann.

He described his condition after accidentally ingesting a LSD sample in the lab in the 1930s as “a strange anxiety, feeling dizzy” that at home turned into a “vigorously excited fantasy.” “Everything in my field of vision is wobbling and distorting like a curved mirror.” If he closed his eyes, he might marvel at the sight of my sight: “Colorful marvelous structures invaded me like kaleidoscopes, opened and closed in circles and spirals, scattered in colored fountains, rearranged and crossed each other, in a continuous flow.”

Hard disk instead of chemistry lab

The Anadols Statue of Digital Data, which was funded by the Circle of Friends to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pinakothek der Moderne, can be described in exactly the same way. The only problem is that the materials used in the art of the Turkish-American artist, born in Istanbul in 1985, do not come from a chemistry lab, but rather directly from the hard drives of the house on which he pours his psychedelic clouds. the color. Of course, no physical damage is expected.

Anadol and his team obtained extensive sets of image and sound data from the digital archives of all four museums at the Pinacothèque der Moderne, which they supplemented with publicly available data sets on the topics. In addition, his own photographs, taken at the beginning of his sharp artistic career on a trip to Munich and specifically to the Pinakothek der Moderne, flowed into the data set of his new work.

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Random rhythm constantly creates new arrangements

The data, which has been manipulated beyond recognition, is processed and re-sorted using artificial intelligence. Machine learning algorithms are in charge and ensuring that the rooms appear in 3D. Random Rhythm constantly creates new arrangements, towers, and color patterns. Abstract images of moving lines, surfaces, waves or swirls seem to dissolve the wall in their dynamism.

Anadol, who uses the most innovative artificial intelligence methods for his creations artists, wants to bring visitors into a state of “immersion”. In this way, the limits of observation must be transcended and consciousness expanded. The contradictions of surface and space, reality and imagination, material and virtual fade away. Without LSD or other medications.

Accessible at all times until November 27, visible from the outside, but only brightly lit in the dark

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