Refik Anadol: Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive

Refik Anadol: Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive


Serpentine North Gallery 16 February – 7 April 2024 


A pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence, artist and technologist Refik Anadol is known for his innovative media works and large-scale public installations. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive, Anadol’s first major institutional solo exhibition in the UK, envelops viewers in immersive environments that utilise years-long experimentation with visual data of coral reefs and rainforests and showcases the creative potential of AI.

The exhibition features the UK premiere of Living Archive: Large Nature Model, a new commission adapted specially for Serpentine North. The installation wraps the gallery walls in AI generated images inspired by data of flora, fungi and fauna from over 16 rainforest locations globally, which was collected using technologies such as LiDAR and photogrammetry. At the crossroads of visual art, science, and technology, Anadol also presents Artificial Realities: Coral, a sound and video experience highlighting the vital role of coral reefs in the ocean ecosystem. Also on view is Artificial Realities: Rainforest, Anadol’s most recent project, which marks the longest continuous generative AI visualisation on nature to date. It is the first installation in a growing body of work that is created employing The Large Nature Model, the world’s first open source generative AI model dedicated to nature. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive investigates the ways in which technology alters our perception of the natural world and our experience of time and space.


Known for his immersive digital sculptures and his work with artificial intelligence, media artist Refik Anadol introduces Large Nature Model, the world’s first-ever open-source generative AI model exclusively dedicated to nature. The model is under development for the evolving DATALAND, Anadol’s future museum and Web3 platform devoted to data visualization and AI arts. The Large Nature Model stands out for its unique training method, relying solely on the inherent intelligence of nature, departing from models influenced by human intellect.


The inaugural showcase of early experimental outputs stemming from the Large Nature Model, titled Living Archive: Nature, was unveiled at the 54th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place from January 15 to 19, 2024, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The renowned annual event focuses on exploring the opportunities presented by emerging technologies and their impact on global decision-making.


The first exploratory products from the Large Nature Model will also be showcased at the Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive exhibition, hosted at Serpentine  North from February 16 to April 7, 2024. Featuring a collection of Anadol’s works, both old and new, the show highlights year-long experiments with visual data, exploring the beauty of coral reefs and rainforests.

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