Best of Best 2021 / Exhibition design / Museum exhibitions

Quantum Memories

  • Prize
    Best of Best in Museum exhibitions / Exhibition design
  • Company
    Refik Anadol Studio
  • Designer
    Refik Anadol
  • Design Team
    Alex Morozov, AnalogNative, Brian Chung, Carrie He, Christian Burke, Danny Lee, Efsun Erkilic, Kerim Karaoglu, Pelin Kivrak, Ho Man Leung, Kyle McLean, Nicholas Boss, Nidhi Parsana, Raman K. Mustafa, Toby Heinemann
  • Credits
    Google AI Quantum Team

Quantum Memories is an artistic exploration of the intersection of architecture, machine learning, the aesthetics of probability, and Google AI Quantum Supremacy experiments, exhibited on the largest LED screen that the National Gallery of Victoria has deployed to date. It is a data sculpture based on more than two hundred million publicly available nature-related images, which are used to train a GAN AI algorithm. With this multi-sensory experience, the audience is encouraged to imagine the immense opportunities that quantum computing presents for the future of art, design, and architecture.

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as his collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion.