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Potential of the Totality: Machine Learning for A Longer Relationship With Archives


Commissioned to work with SALT Research archive collections, the artist Refik Anadol employed digital learning algorithms to search and sort relations among 1,700,000 documents. The interactions of this multidimensional data were in turn translated into an immersive media installation.

Developed during Anadol's residency at Google's Artists and Machine Intelligence (AMI) programme, Archive Dreaming was presented as part of The Uses of Art: Final Exhibition at SALT Galata, and at Ars Electronica 2017.

Inspired by the collaboration for Archive Dreaming, Anadol was in dialogue with Kenric McDowell, gnostic techno producer and MI curator, Google Research. Together, they addressed the possible interpretation methods for institutional archives.

Recorded 9 September 2017

Coordinator/filming: Merve Elveren, SALT Research and Programs

Video production: Record produccions

This dialogue was produced at Ars Electronica 2017

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