for the 2020 edition of the NGV triennial, artist refik anadol generates his ‘quantum memories’ with the use of machine-learning algotrithms. the video artwork series is an expression of more than 200 million nature-related images from the internet. these images are processed using quantum computing software developed by the google AI quantum research team together with a supercomputer that has been programmed with machine-learning algorithms. the resulting real-time video can be considered both an alternate dimension of the natural world and a radical visualization of digitized memories of nature.
installation view of refik anadol ‘quantum memories, 2020’ on display in NGV triennial 2020, © refik anadol
all images by tom ross
displayed at the NGV triennial, refik anadol’s arresting visuals and audio are composed in collaboration with a generative algorithm enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing — a new form of computing that exploits the unusual physics of the subatomic world — turning the visual data that flows around us every day into an artwork that represents our collective memory of nature. through the work, the artist encourages us to imagine the potential of this experimental computer technology and the immense opportunities it presents for the future of art and design.
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