Wind of Los Angeles by Refik Anadol Lights Up The Night at LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light

When NOW Art founder, Carmen Zella, first approached Refik Anadol about exhibiting at LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light, she didn’t need to say much more than “our vision is to bring our community together after a tumultuous year in quarantine,” for him to get excited. Anadol, who created Wind of Los Angeles for LUMINEX, has a track record of getting up close and personal with communities as a means of informing his work. In his 2019 piece, Machine Hallucination, he created an immersive data-driven experience using a collection of images from the public social media accounts of those who live in New York City. 

.

For the creation of Wind of Los Angeles Anadol decided to craft a new data sculpture that was both about and for Los Angeles. More specifically, Anadol’s piece, Wind of Los Angeles, turned the invisible patterns of wind in and around LA into a series of poetic data sculptures that were projected, for one night only, onto the façade of the Desmond building in downtown LA.

.

In preparation for LUMINEX, Anadol utilized machine learning algorithms and developed custom software to read, analyze, and visualize a large dataset of wind speed, direction, and gust patterns along with measurements of temperature, humidity, rain, and pressure collected from The Los Angeles International Airport. 

.

The resulting dynamic artwork used this data as pigment to create a unique visual interpretation of the intersection between the environment and the city. Wind of Los Angeles merged our memories of air travel with the continuous interactions of the urban fabric of LA and to offer public art in a meaningful way.

.

If you weren’t able to experience Wind of Los Angeles live, we have good news for you: Anadol’s work, along with the other artworks of the night, can be enjoyed virtually through the livestream – watch it here

.

More about the artist

Refik Anadol is an award-winning media artist, director and spatial thinker. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Anadol currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He creates site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach. 

.

His works embed media arts into architecture and questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. His work suggests that all spaces and façades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.