art and technology that will save us – notes from istanbul by Özge Çokgezen



“Can a machine have dreams“?


YES! With the new project of Refik Anadol, they have dreams now. “Archive Dreaming” is an Artificial Intelligence of immersive media installation visualizing relations, among documents in SALT Research collections.

This Research Center; Old Ottoman Bank Salt Galata is also an ottoman museum, over 1,700,000 documents is been digitalised by Vasıf Kortun since many years.


Archive Dreaming is user-driven; however, when idle, the installation „dreams“ of unexpected correlations among documents. You could actually see all the documents one by one.


As an official news from Salt Galata, Anadol was a resident artist for Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence using supercomputers and cutting-edge developments in the field of machine intelligence in an environment that brings together artists and engineers.


After this quite formal begging, I can tell about how amazing it was. „This project is not science fiction,“ he said. „I want people to see it as a proposition from the future.“ AI makes me feel like I am in between mechanics, future combined with emotions. The interaction begins with one touch on a tablet, neurons begins to activate and data starts to make this beautiful dance in every frame of mind.

The installation is a combination of a collector-curator and a curious artist.
About Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is a media artist, designer, director and spatial thinker born in Turkey. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.




Özge Çokgezen