'Infinity Room' by Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol, media artist and lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts, was born in Istanbul, Turkey and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Anadol created the light installation Infinity an immersive environment project. It is also an integral part of his ongoing ‘Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments,’ a research on audio/visual installations by using the state called immersion which is the state of consciousness where an immersant’s awareness of physical self is transformed by being surrounded in an engrossing environment. Rather than approaching the medium as a means of escape into some disembodied techno-utopian fantasy, projects sees itself as a means of return, i.e. facilitating a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us, however momentarily, to perceive ourselves and the world around us freshly.