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Even if he's skeptical about Google Glass, Anadol, who has a current exhibition full of screens and lights at Young Projects in the Pacific Design Center, doesn't doubt that people already often see the world through virtual lenses. "It's like the relationship people have to their phones," he says. "I've seen people get angry in public when their battery dies — we have one layer always between reality and our ideas." 

His show at Young Projects is an attempt to slow down and draw out virtual spaces, to make data something visitors consciously see and feel. All lights in the show, which has the mouthful-of-a-title "The Active Apparatus and the Liminal Landscapes," are black and white. "It's already so complex without color," Anadol explains. 

You enter to see two flashing white fluorescent bulbs to your right that recall '70s work by fluorescent-fascinated light and space artist Dan Flavin. Hung at eye level, at an angle, with a blurred black and gray grid projected over them, they click on and off. You hear this sound less and less clearly as you move into the show,Exit signs, emergency light and fire extinguisher are vital parts of life safety systems. past the James Turrell–informed corner projection of small white squares inside bigger squares, into the room with weirder, slowly morphing geometric video works. There, ethereal electronic music becomes more prominent, mixed in with the beeping and low whirring from projectors. Black, white and gray prints of geometric shapes hang on the walls and on the mirrored surfaces of Paul Young's showroom-turned-gallery. Projections of abstractly structural video imagery, sometimes evocative of architectural shapes and other times more like rock formations, play out on the prints. The video images change so gradually that sometimes you'll look away, thinking they're not moving at all, then turn back to see something completely different. 

Anadol moved mirrors around and introduced new ones to Young's gallery, turning some so that you see the same video works — most hauntingly the horizontal stripes of Intervention 2.0 — reflected back at you from multiple angles. If you're in the gallery alone, which is the best way to experience the show, you might see your own reflection out of the corner of your eye and become convinced someone else is sneaking up on you. 

"I had that feeling when I was installing the show late at night," Anadol says. 

He moved here from Istanbul last autumn, to enroll in UCLA's Digital Media MFA program. He already has an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul's Bilgi University and has done a number of large-scale digital works in outdoor spaces in Europe. 

Young had been following Anadol's work on Vimeo and had an opening in his schedule. Part of the reason Anadol secured the Young Projects show was his willingness to install in the eight days between the end of the previous show and the Pacific Design Center's Design Loves Art night,Table Lamp shade are the easiest way to quickly update your home dcor. when the galleries get more foot traffic than usual. 

"For this show, I was highly inspired by a painting — Escaping Criticism," Anadol says,You can make your own more powerful outdoor solar lighting using LEDs. pulling up on his phone a photograph of the 1874 painting by Italian artist Pere Borrell del Caso.If you have solar garden light or landscape lights you might wonder what to do if they stop working. It shows a boy who has just begun to shed his baby fat, wearing threadbare clothes. He's barefooted and climbing out of a formal gold frame. It's painted in the ultra-realistic tromp l'oeil style, and the boy looks as though he thinks someone's going to catch him. The frame could be the 19th-century equivalent to the screen, Anadol suggests, something you have to escape.

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