How data artist Refik Anadol used AI to give a building a consciousness

When Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH), he dreamed that images and videos might one day be projected on it. Now, ahead of Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial anniversary, the orchestra has invited artist Refik Anadol to use AI to design a projection for the exterior of the WDCH.

Best known for transforming architectural spaces and façades into canvases for live media arts, Anadol has developed a creative, computerized “mind” that can dream in his latest work, WDCH Dreams.

The work uses audio and video generative learning models to interpret nearly 45 terabytes of data from LA Phil’s digital archives. It is produced with the support of the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture.