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Refik Anadol Studio and Gökhan S. Hotamışlıgil

​Connectome Architecture + Molecular Architecture

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Refik Anadol (Turkish, b.1985) of Refik Anadol Studio (USA, est.2015) and Gökhan S. Hotamışlıgil (Turkish/American b.1962) of Harvard University



Connectome Architecture focuses on various meanings of perception at the intersection of architecture, neuroscience, visual arts, and machine learning. The installation represents the symbiotic relationship between these disciplines by showcasing a fully immersive, audio-visual, and 3D-printed architectural structure created by plotting data points reflecting how our brains learn, remember, and experience discrete emotions. The dataset is based on Human Connectome Project outputs collected from approximately 4500 people from different age groups scanned by MRI Scanners. By training a machine-learning algorithm using this data, this project generates a machine that artificially imagines human neural networks. At Harvard’s Sabri Ülker Center, infinitely dynamic and molecularly defined biological forms are produced with nanometric details never before achieved. The data represents FIB-SEM imaging, annotation, and segmentation of 22,035 liver sections. In Molecular Architecture, these displayed novel perspectives define how form relates to function in life, and how molecular architecture determines health or disease.


Epson USA
Epic Games
ARUP London
SAHA Association
Sabri Ülker Foundation

Production credits

Refik Anadol Studio: Alex Morozov, Arda Mavi, Brian Chung, Carrie Ha, Christian Burke, Daniel Lee, Efsun Erkilic, Heyji Yang, Ho Man Leung, Kerim Karaoglu, Nicholas Boss, Nidhi Parsana, Pelin Kivrak, Raman K. Mustafa, Refik Anadol, Rishabh Chakrabarty, Tobias Heinemann
In Collaboration with: Taylor Kuhn, Ty Wishard, Sergio Becerra

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