Alternative-Art-History Simulator or Lava Lamp? Critic Digs into Refik Anadol’s AI Hallucinations at MoMA

“What Unsupervised insinuates, is that art history is just a bunch of random visual tics to be permuted, rather than an archive of symbol-making practices with social meanings.”
– Critic Ben Davis, demystifying Refik Anadol’s AI “alternative-art-history simulator” on view at MoMA. “The effect is pleasant—like an extremely intelligent lava lamp,” Davis writes. “What it is not is anything like what MoMA says it is: an experience that ‘reimagines the history of modern art and dreams about what might have been.’”
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