Quantum Memories is Refik Anadol’s most technically and conceptually ambitious work to date. Commissioned by the NGV for Triennial 2020, the work draws upon a dataset of more than two hundred million nature-related images from the internet, which are processed using quantum computing software and a supercomputer programmed with machine learning algorithms.

Representing our collective memory of nature Quantum Memories encourages us to imagine the immense potential for next level computing and artificial intelligence (AI) through Anadol’s large-scale, audio-visual artwork presented in NGV’s Federation Court.

Anadol discusses the concept and creative process behind the artwork with NGV’s Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Simone LeAmon.

The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Champions Barry Janes & Paul Cross and Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund for their support. NEC is extremely proud to be a supporting partner of the NGV Triennial 2020 and Refik Anadol’s Quantum Memories digital artwork.

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Ivan Durrant | Exhibition video tour TIWI | Exhibition video tour House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Nature Recoded Refik Anadol in conversation with Simone LeAmon The Whole is Worth More Than the Sum of its Parts Faye Toogood in conversation with Simone LeAmon Crystalline Erez Nevi Pana In Conversation with Ewan McEoin ANAM at NGV Massive journey of personally nocturne’d object | James Gleeson ANAM at NGV Inspiration | Aby Altson ANAM at NGV Cahill Expressway | Jeffrey Smart ANAM at NGV An old bee farm | Clara Southern ANAM at NGV The Bridge in-curve | Grace Cossington Smith ANAM at NGV Actual fractual | Howard Arkley Exhibition Tour – Collecting Comme Art Tour – Women in Art: 17th–18th Century Exhibition Tour – Japanese Modernism Top Arts 2020 Exhibition Introduction Artist Talk – In Absence: NGV Architecture Commission 2019 Exhibition Tour – Colin McCahon: Letters and Numbers Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No 1 for Violoncello in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Salomon van Ruysdael's River landscape with boats Art Tour – The European Grand Tour Art Tour – The Great Nineteenth Century Art Highlights: The First Cloud & Anguish Debussy’s Syrinx in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Edward Burne-Jones’s The garden of Pan Bach’s Allemande from the D minor Partita No 2 in the Gallery Inspired by Meindert Hobbema’s The old oak Grace Crowley’s Girl with goats With Beckett Rozentals, Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture & Decorative Arts to 1980 A Master of Indigenous art: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula’s Kampurarrpa With Judith Ryan AM, Senior Curator of Indigenous art Louise Bouteiller’s Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Edwin Landseer’s Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Arthur Streeton’s Corfe Castle With Curator of International Art, Laurie Benson In Absence | Behind the Design 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Part 5: Senior Warlpiri women render permanent sacred designs Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 4: Iconography in modern art forms Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 3: A momentous change in Indigenous Art Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 2: From rock escarpment to bark Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 1: Introducing Marking Time Marking Time guided exhibition tour Drop-by Drawing with Kenny Pittock | The Melon A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Minna Gilligan A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Lily Mae Martin A how-to series on sketching Josephine and Napoléon divorce Laurie Benson shares the story behind the painting Elizabeth Thompson’s The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras A celebrated military painter A hand is discovered in Anne Forbes’ Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton Dr. Maria Quirk reflects on the work Tom Roberts: naturalistic bent Curator Talk John Brack: Capturing the ordinary Curator Talk