Curriculum Vitae [ download printable CV as pdf ]
- AKADEMIE der BILDENDEN KUENSTE (Academy of Fine Arts), Munich, Germany.
- Diploma in Applied Graphics, concentration in installation art and video art under
Prof. Gerhard Berger.
- Fall'87 - Spring'88: Project seminar under the object
artist Prof. Daniel Spoerri.
- Summer 1985: Guest student of the painter Prof.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
- Studies in computer graphics and visual imaging at Architecture Machine Group and Visual
Language Workshop (future Media Lab.)
- Studies in human-machine interface at the
Biomechanics Lab; Master's thesis: "Real-Time Simulation of Ultra-Sonic
Mobility Aid for the Blind."
- STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA, USA.
- B.S. in General Engineering/Product Design.
- Concentration in human-machine interface
AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, SPECIAL EVENTS
- GOOGLE TILT BRUSH Virtual Reality Artist in Residence.
- NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the ARTS funded augmented reality group show curated by Boston Cyberarts at the Salem Maritime Museum, Salem, MA, USA.
MUSEUM of MODERN ART (MoMA) NEW YORK acquires a Connection Machine CM-2 supercomputer for its permanent collection.
- SEATTLE ART MUSEUM commission for the Olympic Sculpture Park: Gardens of the Anthropocene.
- JWT INTELLIGENCE Future 100 2017 report featured Gardens of the Anthropocene (on p27) as AR top trend for 2017.
- DIGITAL SYNESTHESIA commission for an interactive installation inspired by synesthesia (with Christoph Reiserer).
- Inducted into the DIGITAL ART ARCHIVE, Director Oliver Grau.
- Inducted into the Honor Roll of the IT History Society for the visual design of the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 supercomputer.
- ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - WELLCOME TRUST - KING'S COLLEGE LONDON grants for a commission from the AXNS COLLECTIVE, London, UK
- DUKE UNIVERSITY, Visiting artist, Experimental Documentary Studies MFA program, Durham, NC, USA
- MACDOWELL COLONY Fellow, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA.
- DUKE UNIVERSITY, Visiting artist, Experimental Documentary Studies MFA program, Durham, NC, USA.
- ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION Cultural Innovation Fund award for the Caribbean Cultural Center - African Diaspora Institute in Harlem, New York City. Co-wrote grant proposal as artistic and technical advisor for "Mi Querido Barrio" mobile augmented
reality art, culture and history tour.
- ZERO1 BIENNIAL and SAMEK ART GALLERY augmented reality commission for Manifest.AR @ ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, USA.
- GOETHE-INSTITUT Artist in Residence, Second Life.
- DUKE UNIVERSITY visiting artist, Experimental and Documentary Studies MFA Program, Durham, USA, 2011-2014.
- CARAVANSARAI artist in residence, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Co-founded Manifest.AR Cyberartist Group
- IBM INNOVATION AWARD for artistic creation in art and technology awarded to Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, USA.
- Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize finalist and art critic at the Boston Globe, calls Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall the "highlight of this year's Boston Cyberarts Festival" in his "CRITIC'S PICKS - VISUAL ARTS." Boston Globe, Boston MA, USA., May 3, 2009.
- Nominated for the WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARD in the category Art, co-sponsored by (among others) the World Technology Network, Time Magazine, Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
City Cultural Fund) award for research and production of "Virtuelle
Mauer / ReConstructing the Wall
OF MUNICH PRIZE for JUNGE KUNST/NEUE MEDIEN (Young Art/New Media) curated by Bettina
Wagner-Bergelt and Dr. Stephan Urbaschek. A dance choreography was commissioned
from the Butoh group inkBoat
and premiered during the DANCE
2006 Festival of Contemporary Dance as In
the Land of Babari-an, using The
Travels of Mariko Horo as a realtime virtual reality stage set.
- Founded Upgrade!
Munich, a local monthly meeting on art and technology, and part of the
- Center for Advanced Visual
Studies (CAVS) Fellowship, MASSACHUSETTS
INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- JAPAN FOUNDATION Fellowship to research Namban-bunka, a genre of Japanese art that depicted foreigners and foreign lands.
- KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto,
Japan. Artist in Residence to do basic research for "The Travels of Mariko Horo".
- CORNELL UNIVERSITY ROSE GOLDSEN ARCHIVE of NEW MEDIA ART adds "Beyond Manzanar" to its collection.
JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California purchases
an edition of the Beyond
Manzanar virtual reality installation for its permanent collection.
- Nominated for ROCKERFELLER FOUNDATION New Media Arts
- KULTURREFERAT MUENCHEN, special guest showing of Beyond
Manzanar virtual reality installation at welcoming reception for
Dr. Lydia Hartl, incoming head of the Munich Cultural Department, Germany.
- Photo essay on Beyond
Manzanar published in the premier issue of the new Japanese critical
theory journal Diatxt,
Kyoto Art Center, June 2000, pp.65 - 72.
- Images from the series
Metamorphoses featured on front and back covers of Leonardo
Journal, MIT Press, Volume 33 #2, 2000, and on Leonardo's website.
- Sapporo School of
the Arts, Sapporo, Japan. Visiting Artist.
- International Academy
of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Ogaki City, Japan. Artist in residence
from November 1999 - March 2000 to produce the Beyond
Manzanar virtual reality art project.
- Art Center College of
Design, Pasadena CA. Residency in the Department of Communication and
New Media Design.
- WIRED Magazine
Asian American Arts Foundation: Grant award for Beyond
Manzanar virtual reality art project.
- "DOLL.MONSTER.DEATH.: Cultural Transformation Processes of Bio- and Information
Technologies," Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria: The
Totem of Heavenly Wisdom video installation was the keynote event
at the opening ceremony.
- BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
(BAVC), San Francisco, CA: Artist Equipment Access Award for
The Totem of Heavenly Wisdom video installation.
- GLOBAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
(GII) AWARDS (formerly the NII Awards):
Starbright World virtual
reality playspace received the following awards for extraordinary achievement
on the Internet and information highway.
- Winner of Next
- Finalist in Childrens
- Semi-finalist in Telecollaboration
- ASAHI SHIMBUN: Digital Entertainment Award for Starbright
/ COMPUTER WORLD: Starbright
World virtual reality playspace was a Finalist in the Medicine category.
Virtual Reality Product of the Year Award in the "Applications" category for
Starbright World .
- ZENTRUM fuer KUNST und MEDIENTECHNOLOGIE (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany:
nominated for Deutsche
Videokunstpreis (German Video Art Prize): "Das Goldene Ei" ("The
Golden Seed") video art piece premiered on German TV station SUEDWEST
3 as one of the best finalists.
- Butoh at Johnny Walker's "Art Waves in Front," Tokyo, Japan:
Invitational screening of my video
Butoh performance by Kazuo Ohno, photographs of Butoh by Nourit Masson-Sekine.
- Connection Machine CM-2 wins Gordon Bell Prize as fastet supercomputer in the world.
THINKING MACHINES CORPORATION, Cambridge, MA:
Co-holder of patent for "Method for Interconnecting Processors in Hyper-Dimensional Array" for the
Connection Machine CM-1, parallel supercomputer.
There are CM-1
and CM-2 Connection Machines in the collections of the COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM,
Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley), and in the Museum of American History, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION,
Washington DC, USA.
- MUSEUM of MODERN ART (MoMA NY), Connection Machine CM-2 exhibited in "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989," New York.
- DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG / PINAKOTHEK der MODERNE, Munich, Germany. "Wild Gardens" AR tour with Neue Sammlung/The Design Museum curator Dr. Xenia Riemann-Tyroller.
- "RESET III and Virtual Reality," GALLERY PRISKA PASQUER, curated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space), Cologne, Germany.
- ART DÜSSELDORF, "RESET III and Virtual Reality" (curator Tina Sauerländer/peer to space), GALLERY PRISKA PASQUER, Düsseldorf, Germany.
- MOVING IMAGE NEW YORK art fair, New York, NY.
- PIONEER WORKS, Brooklyn, NY.
- BOSTON CYBERARTS / NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the ARTS, “The Augmented Landscape,” Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, MA, USA.
- „stand by me,“ curator Katia Rid. GALERIE DER KÜNSTLER, Munich, Germany
- 3. Biennale der Künstler, HAUS DER KUNST, Munich, Germany
- SEATTLE ART MUSEUM Olympic Sculpture Park AR exhibit Gardens of the Anthropocene, Seattle.
- 9e2 SEATTLE, media art festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the legendary art+tech collaboration "9 Evenings"
- "Mi Querido Barrio" exhibit, CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute), East Harlem, New York City, showing the AR installation El Barrio is home!
- "Digital Synesthesia" exhibition, Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL), Vienna, Austria. I am Sound (with Christoph Reiserer), commisioned work from the DIGITAL SYNESTHESIA Group (project leaders Katharina Gsöllpointner, Ruth Schnell, Romana Schuler,Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel).
- Water Lily Invasion at VIRTUALE SWITZERLAND, Lugano, curator Art Clay/Digital Art Weeks.
- "ADM Faculty Show 2015: Beyond the Horizon," curated by T.K. Sabapathy and Michelle Lim. ADM GALLERY,
School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. "Goldsegen / Golden Blessings SG50," participatory artwork for Singapore's 50th anniversary.
- VIRTUALE SWITZERLAND, Lausanne, curator Art Clay/Digital Art Weeks. "Biomer Skelters" (with Will Pappenheimer) and "Shades of Absence: Public Voids."
- WING LUKE MUSEUM, Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, Seattle, USA. "Brush the Sky" (with Midori Kono Thiel) in the group show "Construct/S," curated by Stacey Uradomo.
- UNPAINTED - world's first media art fair. Fine art prints from "Transformation: Munich" presented by pilotraum01.org, curator Serafine Lindemann/artcircolo. Munich, Germany.
- “Fractured Visions,” public art commission from the AXNS COLLECTIVE for KING’S COLLEGE LONDON, with a grant from the ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND and support from the MERGE FESTIVAL, London, UK.
- VIRTUALE SWITZERLAND, world’s first biennial of virtual art, opening in parallel with ART BASEL. Curated by Digital Art Weeks International with the support of Prohelvetia Swiss Art Council, City & Canton of Basel, House for Electronic Arts, Basel.
- ISEA DUBAI Media Art Festival, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- "Goldsegen" in the group public art exhibit "Rätsel des Überflüssigen" (Conundrum of the Superfluous), curator Serafine Lindemann|articircolo, wtih pilotraum01 eV, GCM and DantonDenkRaum, Munich, Germany
"Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall" shown for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall at NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY/Boston and BENTLEY COLLEGE, Waltham, MA, USA.
- “Virtuelle Mauer ZeitLabor,“ BEROLINA, BERLIN, Germany, for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
- CORCORAN GALLERY of ART / Corcoran College of Art and Design Gallery 31, “Manifest:AR” invitational show. Washington D.C., USA.
- “Turning FACT Inside Out” 10th anniversary exhibition. Manifest.AR group show "Invisible ARtaffects" - project "Biomer Skelters" in collaboration with the Liverpool John Moores University and the World Museum/National Museums Liverpool. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK.
- SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery, in the "Virtuale" exhibition, Hong Kong. Curated by Arthur Clay, Digital Art Weeks (DAW)
"You cannot afford this," group exhibit, CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL ART FAIR, presented by Kasa Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Cuts. Lead curator Lanfranco Aceti, senior curators Pat Badani, Nicholas Mirzoeff and Marquard Smith.
- DIGITAL ART WEEKS, Singapore. Curated by Art Clay.
- TATE MODERN, London, UK. “All Hail Damien Hirst!” AR intervention.
- ART GWANGJU, Korea. "When I Dream" shown in the exhibit "Fragmented Identity," presented by The Art Syn Projects (London).
- "Transformation" solo show, St. Lukas Church, Munich, Germany. Part of the Overtures - ZeitRäume Project by pilotraum01 e.V., curated by Serafine Lindemann (artcircolo) and Christian Schoen (kunst | konzepte).
- ZERO1 BIENNIAL and SAMEK ART GALLERY (Bucknell University) present "Manifest.AR @ Zero1 Biennial 2012," San Jose, USA.
- COPENHAGEN ART FESTIVAL, Denmark. NIKOLAJ KUNSTHAL presents “To Question is GOLD” in an invitational show.
- TRIENNALE DI MILANO, Italy. “No.Need.For:Real?” AR group show for the Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM2012) conference.
- “LA Re.Play” public art exhibit for College Arts Association, with the DMA Grad Art Gallery, BROAD ART CENTER, UCLA, Los Angeles. Manifest.AR group show.
- GOETHE-INSTITUT ISLAND, SECOND LIFE. “Perceptive Dislocations” performative event in collaboration with the United|Dislokations|Kartell (U|D|K).
- TRANSMEDIALE, Berlin, Germany. "in/compatible AR intervention"
- VENICE BIENNIAL and the GERMAN NATIONAL PAVILION, Venice, Italy. "Venice Bienniale 2011 AR Intervention," Manifest.AR uninvited guerilla augmented reality intervention.
- ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, Istanbul, Turkey. Official participant as part of the ISEA2011 exhibition Uncontainable.
- KASA GALLERY, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. "Not There," exhibition of Manifest.AR Venice Biennial AR Intervention artworks.
- ISTANBUL BIENNIAL main exhibition. "Invisible Istanbul: Captured Images," AR intervention.
ICA Boston (Institute of Contemporary Art), Boston, USA. "Manifest.AR@ICA" invitational group show.
- DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
- GOETHE-INSTITUT ISLAND, SECOND LIFE. “Dislocative Sculpture” performative event in collaboration with the United|Dislokations|Kartell (U|D|K).
- “AR OCCUPY WALL STREET” - “Reign of Gold”
- SAMEK ART GALLERY, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA. "Not Here" group show with Manifest.AR.
- "Carnation Rain (Largo do Carmo)" augmented reality (AR) artwork, permanent installation, LISBON, Portugal.
- "gradually melt the sky," DEVOTION GALLERY, Brooklyn, New York City, USA
- "(Un)seen Sculptures," public art show, MELBOURNE CBD, Arts Precinct, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.
- MUSEUM of MODERN ART (MoMA), New York City, USA. "We AR in MoMA," uninvited guerilla augmented reality intervention.
- "Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention," group public art show as part of the Beta Spaces Festival, Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
- PALAZZO MEDICI-RICCARDI, Florence, Italy. "Colorito," ACM Multimedia Interactive Art Exhibit.
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the Industrial Design Center (IDC) of the INDIAN INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY
in cooperation with the GOETHE-INSTITUT MUMBAI, Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay).
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the GOETHE-INSTITUT BANGALORE, Bangalore, India.
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the GOETHE-INSTITUT SRI LANKA, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- GOETHE-INSTITUT NEW DELHI, New Delhi, India. Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall
- GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall
- LABORAL, Gijon, Spain. "FEEDFORWARD: Angel of History," group exhibition curated by Christiane Paul & Steve Dietz.
- AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
MUSEUM, Washington D.C., USA.
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall in cooperation with the GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON. Opening remarks by German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth.
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Exhibition of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at a special event to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall sponsored by John F. Kennedy School of Government and GOETHE-INSTITUT
organized by the McCloy Scholars German-Austrian Caucus. Speakers:
German Consul Friedrich Loehr and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Steven Walt.
- BERLIN CITY MUSEUM, Ephraim-Palais, Berlin, Germany. Exhibition of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall in the group show "FALLMAUERFALL | 61-89-09".
- [DAM] BERLIN (Digital Art Museum Berlin), Germany. "ReVisioning the Virtual Wall":
Collages based on the 3D installation "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall", Artist team
T+T (Tamiko Thiel – Teresa Reuter – Sabe Wunsch),
KUNSTVEREIN WOLFSBURG, Wolfsburg, Germany.
Exhibition of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall in the group show "Reconstructed Zone",
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the UNIVERSITY of NEW ENGLAND in cooperation with the GOETHE-INSTITUT BOSTON, in Biddeford, Maine, USA
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the WILLY-BRANDT-HAUS. Lubeck, Germany. [pdf brochure]
- Exhibition of The Travels of Mariko Horo at the FONDAZIONE QUERINI STAMPALIA, as part of the
transnational literary festival INCROCI di CIVILTA', Venice, Italy.
Solo exhibit of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall at the GOETHE-INSTITUT BOSTON as part of the BOSTON CYBERARTS FESTIVAL, Boston, USA.
- Exhibition of The Travels of Mariko Horo in the STAEDTISCHE GALERIE im LEEREN BEUTEL as part of the exhibit "The Catholic Factor," Regensburg, Germany.
- Exhibition of the The Totem of Heavenly Wisdom as part of the group exhibit "The Banyan Tree" at the METAHOUSE PHNOM PENH in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and at the NATIONAL GALLERY in Bangkok, Thailand.
- World premiere & solo show of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall, MUSEUM for COMMUNICATION,
- US premiere & solo show of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall, 911 MEDIA ARTS CENTER,
- Exhibit of The Travels of Mariko Horo as part as part of the symposium
"ANIME Japanese Comics Global," co-hosted by the JAPANESE-GERMAN CENTER BERLIN and the JAPAN FOUNDATION, Engelbrot Theater,
Eyes" Art Gallery show, SIGGRAPH 2007,
San Diego, USA.
- Solo exhibit of The Travels of Mariko Horo at 911
MEDIA ARTS CENTER in conjunction with the exhibit "Japan
Envisions the West: 16th-19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum"
at the Seattle Art Museum.
- "The Game is Up!" ARTS
CENTRE VOORUIT, Ghent, Belgium.
ART SHOW 2007, shown at the WEB3D INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, Perugia, Italy,
and during the Takeaway Festival at the Science Museum/Danacenter in London,
- Player in the online performance Isis:
For My Mother. by Marlena
Corcoran, shown at the 070707
UPSTAGE FESTIVAL, New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand.
- World premiere of The Travels of Mariko
Horo, in the group exhibit "Edge Conditions" curated by Steve Dietz for the 01SJ / ISEA 2006 Festival, San
Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, USA.
- World premiere of In the Land of Babari-an,
DANCE 2006 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE. Live Butoh dance performance
Takuya using The Travels of Mariko
Horo as realtime virtual reality stage set.
- "Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement," KATZEN
ART CENTER, American University, Washington D.C., USA
- "Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict," Art
Gallery of The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY),
curated by the 2005-06 Curatorial Fellows of the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF ART Independent
- "Next Level: Die Lust am Spiel in der Netzwerkgesellschaft," KUNSTVEREIN
WOLFSBURG, Wolfsburg, Germany.
- Retrospective exhibit: "Virtual
Reality as Political Art," BOSTON
CYBERARTS FESTIVAL / GOETHE-INSTITUT,
- "Geometries of Power," multi-user online event between the GOETHE-INSTITUT
in Boston, MA., USA, and PROGRAM
ANGELS / LOTHRINGER13, Munich, Germany as part of the BOSTON
- "Xenopolis: Von der Faszination
und Ausgrenzung des Fremden," KULTURREFERAT der LANDESHAUPTSTADT MUENCHEN,
Rathausgalerie, Munich, Germany
- "Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement," SAN
JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, CA, USA
Ein Projekt zur Ambivalenz von Krieg und Frieden", KUNSTVEREIN
WOLFSBURG, Wolfsburg, Germany.
- Opening Celebration, ARTS2MEDIA
Medienwerkstatt, Regensburg, Germany
- "Highlights of the Permanent Collection" (continuing exhibition,) SAN JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, Silicon Valley,
- Solo exhibit, Center for Advanced Visual
Studies (CAVS), MASSACHUSETTS
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA.
- "Only Skin Deep," SEATTLE ART MUSEUM,
Seattle, WA, USA.
- Technologies for Interactive Digital
Storytelling and Entertainment (TIDSE), Darmstadt, Germany.
- "Totem of Heavenly Wisdom" shown as part of the traveling BANYAN
PROJECT in Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, Bali and Thailand.
- "Only Skin Deep," INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, New York, NY, USA.
- Kyoto Biennale, KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto, Japan.
- FILE-2003, Electronic Language International Festival, PACO DAS ARTES, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- "VideoArt Meets NewMusic," ADEVANTGARDE Festival, Gasteig/BlackBox, Munich, Germany.
- "Lab3D," CORNERHOUSE, Manchester, England.
- "NextArt: Provocations,"
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, Maitland, Florida, USA.
- "RENCONTRES INTERNATIONAL," Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany.
- "Web3D Art 2003," shown at the
WEB3D INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, St. Malo, France, and at the following locations:
- The Media Centre, The ICA London, UK
- Watershed, Bristol, UK
- Media Lounge, Media Centre Huddersfield, UK
- Folly Gallery, Lancaster, UK
- Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
- Center of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia
- Ravensbourne College of Communication and Design Gallery
- "Highlights of the Permanent Collection," SAN
JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California. Exhibition of
the Beyond Manzanar
virtual reality installation.
- "Highlights of the Permanent Collection", SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART, San Jose, CA, USA.
- bilder*codes# 1992-2002: 10 Jahre Medienkunst im Dialog ("images*codes# 10 Years of Media Art in Dialog"). Das Goldene Ei (The Golden Seed) video shown as part of the 10th anniversary of the
"\\internationalen\medien\kunst\preis" ("\\international\media\art\prize"), ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany.
- 5th Media Arts Festival, TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHY, Tokyo,
- Beyond Manzanar solo exhibition, CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON COMPUTERS IN THE ARTS (CRCA),
University of California/San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
of Power multi-user online collaborative event and artwork, held during
FUSION 2002 online event between the BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITY, Weimar, Germany and
the Design/Media Dept., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- Art Show, WEB3D SYMPOSIUM, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
- RHIZOME.LA, Los Angeles, CA. Invitational screening of Beyond Manzanar.
- SIGGRAPH N-Space Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- COSIGN 2001 Conference on Digital Semiotics of Games and
- "Beyond Manzanar" solo exhibition,
LOTHRINGERSTRASSE 13 / LADEN, Munich, Germany.
- INTERACTION `01, 4th Biennale: World Forum for Media
and Culture, Ogaki
City, GIFU, Japan.
- CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, Seattle, WA., USA.
- CAST01, "Living in Mixed Realities," GMD/Schloss Birlinghoven, Sankt Augustin, Germany.
- "INTERPOESIA - The Hypermedia Poetics." Sao Paolo, Brazil.
- CYNETart 2001 , Dresden, Germany.
- ART-ADVICE show in the KUNSTGARAGE, Munich, Germany.
- KULTURREFERAT MUENCHEN, Munich Germany. Keynote showing of
Beyond Manzanar virtual reality installation at inaugural
festivities for Lydia Hartl, new head of Munich Cultural Department.
- IAMAS Artists-in-Residency Exhibition,
TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHY , Tokyo, Japan.
- "VRML-ART,"VRML99 , Paderborn, Germany.
- "VRML-ART,"ELECTRONICA MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL (EMAF), Osnabrueck, Germany.
- "Plugged In," HAINES GALLERY, San Francisco, CA, USA.
- "Asian Body," TIDBIT GALLERY, Portland, OR, USA.
- "Digital Art Pavilion," PALO ALTO FESTIVAL of the ARTS, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
- "Artists' Intersection with Technology," YLEM/WCA exhibit at KORET GALLERY, Palo Alto, CA.
- "The Light is Diverse in California," CENTER for VISUAL ART, Oakland, CA.
- "NOT STILL ART FESTIVAL," Cooperstown, New York.
- "Aurinko - Exhibition of Solar Art," RAUMA
MUSEUM of ART, Rauma, Finland. See online
gallery at Leonardo Journal's website.
"CHIK TEK 97: Women Artists Defining Technology,"
ART-TECH GALLERY, San Jose, CA.
"Women and the Art of Multimedia," NATIONAL MUSEUM of WOMEN in the ARTS, Washington DC, USA.
"Dancing for the Camera," AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL, Durham, NC, USA.
- "Digital Media: Art and Technology," AEA Award Winners' Presentation, BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
(BAVC), San Francisco, CA, USA.
"STIMULUS TRANSMIT," Cable Access Channel 53, San Francisco, CA, USA. My video art work was
showcased in the premiere episode of this monthly showcase of independent media artists.
"New Media," Artists' Salon, HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Marin, CA.
"Brains, Perception and Consciousness," Ylem Forum,
EXPLORATORIUM, San Francisco, CA, USA.
"Starbright World: World Launch,"
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA.
"Starbright World: A Peek in the Lab," DIGITAL WORLD, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- The Connection Machine CM-2 was exhibited as
the processing power behind Karl Sim's "Genetic
Images," CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, France, ARS ELECTRONICA, Linz,
Austria and the INTERACTIVE MEDIA FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
"4th International Sound Basis Visual Arts Festival," WRO 93, Wroclaw, Poland.
"VideoForum," ELDORADO CENTRUM VOOR BEELDCULTUR, Antwerp, Belgium.
Butoh at Johnny Walker's "Art Waves in Front," Tokyo, Japan. Invitational screening of my
video Golden Egg, Butoh performance by Kazuo Ohno, photographs
of Butoh by Nourit Masson-Sekine.
"Experimental Film and Video Festival," IMAGE FORUM, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
"Deutsche Videokunstpreis," ZENTRUM fuer KUNST und MEDIENTECHNOLOGIE (ZKM), Karlsruhe,
Germany. Video selected as one of "50 Best" for broadcast on German TV station SUEDWEST 3.
"Videonale 5," BONNER KUNSTVEREIN, Bonn, Germany.
"Videokunst in Muenchen," KUENSTLERWERKSTATT, Munich, Germany.
- "Diploma Exhibit," AKADEMIE der BILDENDEN KUENSTE, Munich, Germany.
- "The Beauty and the Beast," PROJEKT DANIEL SPOERRI, Munich, Germany.
- "Vor dem Hammer," GALERIE KLAUS LEA, Munich, Germany.
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
- Schwab, Katharine. "The Female Supercomputer Designer Who Inspired Steve Jobs" Fast Company Co.Design, Nov. 16.
- Farago, Jason. "Virtual Reality Has Arrived in the Art World. Now What?" New York Times, Feb. 3 (Feb. 5 in the print edition under the title, "Plunging Into Artists’ Twilight Zones.")
- McClenaghan, Alyssa. "Days later, I reflect: NYC Armory Week," openhouseblog.nyc, March.
- Madson, Diane. "Artist Exhibits Dystopian Vision in Seattle Park," podcast on yaleclimateconnections.org, January 16.
- Whang, Eric H. "Virtual reality in digital art," www.tiltfactor.org, Feb. 3.
- Gessner, Ingrid. "Tamiko Thiel’s virtual reality installations as sites of learning in and beyond the museum," Taylor and Francis, 24 September.
- Paul, Christiane. "Augmented Realities: Digital Art in the Public Sphere," in A Companion to Public Art (Blackwell Companions to Art History), Knight, Cher Krause, and Senie, Harriet F., ed., pp. 218-219.
- JWT Intelligence Future 100 2017 report featured Gardens of the Anthropocene (on p27) as AR top trend for 2017.
- Laughlin, Shepherd. "Augmented Reality Evolves," www.jwtintelligence.com, 28 October.
- Medlock, Katie. "Dystopian AR art installation shows how plants might adapt to rising global temperatures," inhabitat.com, 30 September.
- Blakemore, Erin. "Augmented reality art imagines what could be Seattle's weird bleak future," www.smithsonianmag.com, 19 September.
- Andrews, Eve. "Can climate change be beautiful? In virtual reality, sure.," grist.org, 20 September.
- Wachs, Audrey. "Wander though a lush, pre-apocalyptic virtual garden at the Seattle Art Museum," archpaper.com, 01 September.
- Pangburn, DJ. "Seattle’s Climate-Changed Future Rises in a New Installation," thecreatorsproject.vice.com, 29 August.
- Kiley, Brendan. "Bloom and doom: Pokémon Go-like art project explores climate change," www.seattletimes.com, 29 August.
- Galore, Janet. "my favorite things tour at SAM Remix," janetgalore.com/, 27 August.
- MIT Arts, Culture and Technology Program. "
ACT alumni exhibiting around the world: Tamiko Thiel, MEE '83, CAVS Fellow '04-05," act.mit.edu, August.
Must-see exhibitions at SAM," (in Japanese) www.junglecity.com, August.
‘Gardens of the Anthropocene’: inside a climate-changed future," conservation.uw.edu, 24 June.
- Bosco, Roberta and Caldano, Stefano. "Otra realidad es posible," www.fundacionaquae.org/blog.
- Achtelik, Anna. "Interrogating the Sublime: Reconstructions," (pdf excerpt), Transdiscourse 2: Turbulence and Reconstruction, Editor Jill Scott, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 158-161.
- Wright, Rewa. "Augmented Reality as Experimental Art Practice:
from Information Overlay to Software Assemblage," academia.edu (ISEA2016 Hong Kong).
- "Museum Day 2016: Asian Pacific American Museums," Wing Luke Museum features Brush the Sky on the SMITHSONIAN Asian Pacific America website.
- Paul, Christiane (Whitney Museum Curator of New Media Art).
Digital Art (pdf excerpt),
Thames and Hudson World of Art. London. Third edition, 2015. Pages 130-132 ("Beyond Manzanar"); 238-240
(Manifest.AR, plus "Shades of Absence: Public Voids" intervention into the Venice Biennale).
- Wright, Rewa. "
Mobile Augmented Reality Art and the Politics of Re-assembly," ISEA2015 proceedings, Vancouver B.C.
- Uradomo-Barre, Stacey. CONSTRUCT\S exhibition catalog, WING LUKE MUSEUM / SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AFFILIATE, Seattle, USA, pp. 26 – 33.
- Sabapathy, T.K. and Lim, Michelle. ADM 10th Anniversary Faculty Show "Beyond the Horizon" Catalog, Nanyang Technological University (NTU ADM), Singapore.
“Not Here Not There” Part 2. [ Tamiko Thiel featured artist - pdf ] Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 19 Issue 2. Editors Lanfranco Aceti, Richard Rinehart, Ozden Sahin. Pages 5, 17-18, 24-25, 118-119, 210-219.
- Wright, Rewa. “
From the Bleeding Edge of the Network: Augmented Reality and the 'software assemblage,'" academia.edu.
- Scheller, Jörg. "Die Kunst mit dem Klick"
DIE ZEIT, Hamburg, Germany. Nr. 27/2014, 26. Juni.
- Stratton, Rachel. “Interview with Tamiko Thiel,” Unknown Quantities Magazine, CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS / UNIVERSITY of the ARTS, London, UK.
- "Fractured Visions: To See Again,"
Wall Street International Magazine, August 20.
- Liao, Tony & Humphreys, Lee. "
Layar-ed places: Using mobile augmented reality to tactically reengage, reproduce, and reappropriate public space,"
New Media & Society, SAGE Publications, October 2015, Vol. 17 no. 9 1418-1435. First published online on March 19, 2014.
Tamiko Thiel: Exciting New Digital Artwork Augments Reality At The Shard," www.artlyst.com, August 8.
- Gould, Amanda Starling.
Invisible Visualities: Augmented Reality Art and the Contemporary Media Ecology,”
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies,
Special Issue “Cultural Expression in Mixed and Augmented Reality,” eds. Jay Bolter & Maria Engberg, Vol. 20(1) 25–32.
Winerman, Lea. "Reality Bytes," Washington Post Express, August 15, 2013.
Garrett, Marc. "Disrupting The Gaze: Art Intervention and the Tate Gallery," Furtherfield on academia.edu, from February 7, 2013: https://www.academia.edu/3310901/Disrupting_The_Gaze_Art_Intervention_and_the_Tate_Gallery.
Briggs, Ibiayi. "Plug-In Istanbul," www.artsy.net, November 8, 2013.
Clay, Art and Rut, Monika. “The Art of Augmenting Reality,” Tafter Journal, No.66, December 2013.
Bolognini, Yves & Stamm, Marielle, ed. Disparition programmee: Le Musee Bolo mene l'enquete (Programmed Disappearance: The Bolo Museum Investigates), Bolo Museum, Concepte Fondation Memoires Informatiques, Press polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne, 2013, pp 116-117.
Lodi, Simona. “Illegal Art and Other Stories,” Unlike Us Reader. Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, Ed. Geert Lovink, Miriam Rash, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2013, pp 250-251.
Gould, Amanda Starling. "Invisible Visualities: Augmented reality art and the contemporary media ecology," Convergence International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 12 December 2013.
Waelder, Pau. "White Cube Augmented: AR Art and the Gallery Space," etc Magazine, Montreal, Oct. 2012 - Feb. 2013, pp. 53-57. [double-page pdf] [single-page pdf]
Tanni, Valentina. "Dio-Hirst alla Tate Modern,"
artribune.com, Italy, March 30, 2012
1F Media Project. "DAMIEN HIRST – TATE MODERN | LONDON," 1fmediaproject.net, Italy, April 4, 2012
"Damien Hirst." Dutch art history webpage on Damien Hirst features "All Hail Damien Hirst" www.kunstgeschiedenis.jouwweb.nl
Quaranta, Domenico. “Venezia: La Realtà Aumentata,” Flash Art Italy, July/September 2011, p 33.
Interview with Tamiko Thiel (video) by Lanfranco Aceti,Editor-in-chief of Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Professor of Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at Sabanci University, Istanbul and the Director of its Kasa Gallery, and Director of ISEA 2011.
Bosco, Roberta. "La Bienal que emerge a traves del movil," in El Pais, Madrid, Spain, June 12, 2011.
Ippolito, Jon. "Are you in the Biennale, or aren't you? Both, thanks to Augmented Reality, " [pdf] www.nmdnet.org, June 13, 2011
Waelder, Pau. "Los pabellones invisibles," http://laboralcentrodearte.uoc.edu/, June 20, 2011.
Paul, Christiane. "Measuring Disturbances: How Media Look at the World," www.artpulsemagazine.com,
Rackham, Melinda. "divisible Istanbul," [pdf of print article] real time, Sydney, Australia, Dec.2011/Jan.2012, pp. 22-23.
Steinberg, Claudia. "Mit Happenings gegen das Establishment," Kunstzeitung, Regensburg, Germany, Nov.2011, p.19.
Fong, Cherise. "Augmented Reality:
Through the Mobile Looking Glass (English extract)," in MCD musiques & cultures digitales, Hors-série #6 Internet des Objets / Internet of things, France, Jan./Feb. 2011. [Full article in French and English]
Seaman, Bill. “The Cheonggyecheon Project,” Art of Communication catalog, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. pp113/115.
Smith, Matthew. "Liquid Walls: The Digital Art of Tamiko Thiel" in the Performing Arts Journal (PAJ), MIT Press, Sept.2010, Vol. 32, No. 3 (PAJ 96), pp. 25-34.
Fidel, Alexander. "Art Gets Unmasked in the Palm of Your Hand" [ pdf version here ] New York Times, New York, USA. December 1, 2010.
Porter, Eduardo. "Is That a Dagger I See on My iPhone?" New York Times, New York, USA. Oct. 22, 2010, p.A34
Conroy-Randall, Britta. "Guerilla Artists Stage MoMA Invasion" on NPR (National Public Radio) "All Things Considered"
and on the WNYC website, New York, USA. Oct. 15 2010.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York tweets our intervention: "Nice, looks like we're having an "uninvited" AR exhibition tomorrow!", Oct. 8, 2010.
Sterling, Bruce. "Augmented Reality: AR uninvited at MOMA NYC," WIRED Magazine, Oct. 6, 2010.
Lieser, Wolf. "The World of Digital Art" (hardcover coffee table edition), Ullman/Tandem Verlag, Koenigswinter, Germany.
Quiroz, Marcela. "Orientalism, Occidentalism and other myths of origin," Fahrenheit Contemporary Arts, online and print magazine in English (pdf), French (pdf) and Spanish (see pp.102-104) .
"Life on either side of Checkpoint Charlie," The Hindu, Bangalore, India. January 12, page 2.
"Critic's Choice," page 51, and "Virtuelle Mauer/Re-Constructing the Wall," page 49, Time Out Bengaluru, Bangalore, India. Jan.8-21.
Naizer, Nizla. "In the Shadow of the Wall," The Daily Financial Times, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 10.
"Berlin Wall Virtual Reality," The Nation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 10.
Smee, Sebastian. "Critic's picks - visual arts," in the Boston Globe, Boston, MA, USA., May 3, 2009.
Norris, Doug. "Tearing Down the Virtual Wall," in Art New England, Vol. 30 Issue 3, April/May, 2009.
Smee, Sebastian. "In cyberart, technology trumps imagination," in the Boston Globe, Boston, MA, USA., May 1, 2009.
Hadge, Kara. "Virtual Berlin - In Two Parts," in the Boston Phoenix, Boston, MA, USA., April 17, 2009.
Elish, M.C. "Navigating Virtual Space," in the Boston Cyberarts Blog, Boston, MA, USA., April 17, 2009.
Garza, Evan. "Keepin' it real - sort of," in the Boston Phoenix, Boston, MA, USA., April 15, 2009.
Czapski, Maciek & Schnurer, Christian, curators. "Der katholishe Faktor," (exhibition catalog), Berufsverband Bildenden Kuenstler Niederbayern/Oberpfalz e.V., Regensburg, Germany, pp. 178-179.
Lieser, Wolf. "Digital Art," (Art Pocket series), Ullman/Tandem Verlag, Königswinter, Germany, pp 104-105.
Kunimatsu, Susan. "Reviving History: Reconstructing the Berlin Wall," in the International Examiner, Volume 36 No. 01, Seattle, WA, USA., January 7, 2009.
Cringely, Robert. "Parallel Universe," (featuring photo of the CM-2 on page 3), Tech Review, Cambridge, MA, USA, January/February 2009.
Gessner, Ingrid. "Moving Beyond Manzanar (pdf excerpt): Transnationalizing Japanese American Internment Experiences." Virtually American? Denationalizing North American Studies. Ed. Mita Banerjee. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. pp77-96.
Shimp, Rachel. "Explore
a virtual Berlin Wall at 911 Media Arts," Seattle
Times, Seattle, WA, USA. December 26, 2008.
Taylor, Jonathan. "VIRTUELLE
MAUER: An Interview with Tamiko Thiel," in ONSCREEN
magazine, Seattle, USA, November 2008.
Steinberg, Claudia. "Tamiko
Thiels virtuelle Projekte," (pdf in German), in Kunstzeitung,
#146, Germany, October 2008, p.30.
Hippel, Achim. "Die
Rückkehr der Mauer," (prime time TV broadcast,) Rundfunk
Berlin-Brandenburg RBB, Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2008.
van Bebber, Werner. "Die Mauer wird wieder aufgebaut - am Computer,"
Berlin, Germany, August 12m 2008.
Click here for the online
article; click here for the newspaper
version (different images!)
M. (Text) and Brandl, Thomas (Video). "Mit dem Joystick durch duestere Zeiten,"
text plus streaming video,) Tagesspiegel,
Berlin, Germany, August 14, 2008.
Brendel, Gerd. "Virtuelle
Mauer - per 3D in die Teilungszeit,"(podcast,) on Deutschlandradio,
Germany, August 13, 2008.
Minh, Kev. "With(in/out) Borders," in
Ethnically Incorrect, USA. Posted December 23, 2008.
Stephan, Inge and Tacke, Alexandra. NachBilder der Wende, Böhlau Verlag, Cologne, Germany.
- Smith, Matthew Wilson. THE
TOTAL WORK of ART: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace, Routledge, New York,
2007. pp 180-186.(see
pdf excerpt on Beyond Manzanar)
- Gessner, Ingrid.
Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences,
Universitätsverlag Winter, 2007.
Gessner, Ingrid. “Erasure and Visual Recovery: Displaying Japanese American Internment Experiences.” Visual Culture Revisited: German and American Perspectives on Visual Culture. Ed. Ralf Adelmann et al. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, pp. 216-242.
- Hauffen, Michael. "Next Level, Kunstverein Wolfsburg," KUNSTFORUM
International, March-April 2007, Vol. 184, pp 113-115.
- Gei Chan. "The
Travels of Mariko Horo trips out in Seattle," NW ASIAN WEEKLY,
Nov.3-9 2007, .
- Hentschlaeger, Ursula. "Im
Land der Barbaren," artmagazine.cc (www.artmagazine.cc)
Schneider, Katja. "Der
Tanz bin ich," tanznetz.de (www.tanznetz.de)
O'Sullivan, Michael. "The
Liberal Rules of 'Engagement'," Washington Post, April
28, p. WE51.
Kennicott, Philip. "You
Shouldn't Have! On the NEA's 40th, the Art of Politics," Washington
Post, May 15, p. C01
- Booter-Freak. "Dude! @_@" Quote: "this thing is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. And weird. Really weird." deviantart.com, October 4, 2006.
- Dueker, Ronald. "Jenseits
von Wolfsburg," netzeitung.de (www.netzeitung.de)
- MIT News Office and MIT Tech Talk. "Viewers
interact with new exhibit on U.S. internment camps", MIT TECH TALK,
Volume 48, Number 25, April 28, 2004.
- Paul, Christiane, Whitney Museum curator of new media.
"Digital Art," Thames and Hudson World of Art series, New York, NY. Here
is a pdf
excerpt of pp. 130-132 and an html
excerpt of Chapter 2.
- Colasanto, Cristina.
"Only Skin Deep," USItalia online magazine.
- Mosher, Mike.
"The Interaction ‘01: Dialogue with Expanded Images," Leonardo Digital
Online, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
- Wurster, Christian. Computers:
Eine Illustrierte Geschichte, Taschen Verlag, Koeln, 2002, pp 98-100,
322-333. (Published simultaneously in English as Computers:
An Illustrated History.)
- "the pioneers," e-magic Cyber Media Events Catalog, 43rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece.
- Naimark, Michael. "Review: Interaction '01," Diatxt.06, Kyoto Art Center,
March 19, 2002, pp. 077-079 (Japanese) and p. 126 (English.)
- "Web 3D Art 2002, net art tridimensionale,"
Neural Magazine online, Italy.
- Hauffen, Michael. "Tamiko Thiel und Zara Houshmand: Beyond Manzanar," (Deutsch
Band Vii Heft 2, Juni-September 2001, pp. 75,76.
- Herbst, Katja. "Medienkünstlerin," SAT1/Bayern Journal, (German TV),
24. März 2001.
- Kücklich, Julian. "COSIGN 2001 - Ein Bericht,"
Medienobservationen, 24. März 2001.
- Vu, Khanh. "The Story behind 'Beyond Manzanar',"
NW Nikkei / North American Post, Vol. 18 No.17, April 21, 2001, pp.2,5.
- "Sakuramatsuri ni kitai: Beyond Manzanar," on front Page of
Hokubei Houchi/ North American Post
(in Japanese), Vol. 57 No.29, April 18, 2001, pp.2,5.
- Photo essay on Beyond
Manzanar published in the premier issue of the new Japanese critical
theory journal Diatxt.01,
Kyoto Art Center, Vol. 1, June 2000, pp.65 - 72.
- Richard, Birgit. "Vergehen Konservieren Uploaden. Strategien für die Ewigkeit",
Kunstforum, Vol. 151, July – September 2000, Page 50.
- "Future Computer Image Suggested in the Abacus," AXIS Design Magazine, March/April 2000, pp. 37-41.
- Gelernter, David. "Beyond the Grey Box," ID Magazine, Vol. 45 #2, March/April 1998, page 60.
- Greenman, Catherine. "Network
Helps Children Cope With Serious Illness," New York Times, May
28, 1998, page D6.
- Koski, Janne. "Aurinko - Sun: Solar Art" at the Rauma Museum, Finland, Leonardo
Journal, MIT Press, Vol.31 #2, 1998, pp. 81-86. The article is also
The Leonardo Electronic Art Gallery.
Cohn, Terri. "Chik Tek '97 at Art-Tech," Artweek Magazine, Vol.29 No.2, February 1998, page 17.
- Richard, Birgit. "Digitale
Todesbilder: Künstliches Leben, virtueller Tod," Zukünfte, 1, 1997.
Sekretariat für Zukunftsforschung, Essen, Germany, pp. 23-26.
- Sherman, Ann Elliott. "Return
to Gender," Metro/ San Jose, December 11-17, 1997, page 42.
Levander, Michelle. "Sick Kids Shine in Virtual World," San Jose Mercury News, June 19, 1997, Peninsula section.
- Jones, Rochelle, "Star Power," People Magazine, December 1 1997, page 61.
Wawra, Christine, unpublished essay:
- Richard, Birgit. "Schöne
neue Welt. Super- Computer, künstliche Ambiente und Design- Fiktionen für
das Leben im Netz," Virtualität contra Realität. Schriftenreihe
der Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany, 1996
- McCarthy, Susan.
"the good deed," WIRED Magazine, September.
"Meeting, Sharing, Healing While Exploring a Virtual World
New York Times Cyber Times Extra, January 23, 1996
- Smolan, Rick and Erwitt, Jennifer. 24 Hours in Cyberspace, Que Macmillan, 1996, page 161.
- "Best and Brightest Earn CJs (Virtual Reality Product of the Year awards),"
CyberEdge Journal, Sausalito, California, Issue #30, Vol. 6, No.2, Sept./Oct. 1995, pp. 6 - 7.
Sperlich, Tom. "Trost und Wärme on line," Die Zeit Nr. 26, June 23, 1995
- Hellmich, Nanci.
"A computer playspace to ease suffering," Cover story for USA Today,
Wed., Nov. 8.
- Stephenson, Joan, PhD. "Sick Kids Find Help in a Cyberspace World."
Journal of the American Medical
Association, Volume 274, No. 24. December 27, 1995 pp. 1899 - 1901.
- Bennett, Tamara, "Starbright: Best of Broadband," Convergence, Denver, Colorado. December 1995
- Hamit, Francis. "Spielberg Demonstrates Starbright Virtual Playground," CyberEdge Journal,
Sausalito, California, Issue #27, Vol. 5, No.3, Sept./Oct. 1995, pp. 6 - 8.
- Mancall, Kathy, "A World of Possibilities," ComputerLife, Sept. 1995, page 34.
- Lewis, Peter H. "Virtual Reality and Virtual Spaces Find a Niche in Real Medicine."
New York Times, June 5, 1995.
- Krumenaker, Larry. "Spielplatz in einer anderen Welt," Focus, #48, 1995 S. 216 - 217.
- Harmon, Amy, "E.T. Reaches Out." Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1995.
- Rosenberg, Scott, "A virtual playground for hospitalized children," San Francisco Examiner,
June 6, 1995, page B1.
- Clark, Don, "The High Road on the Highway: Helping Sick Kids Play Together." Wall Street Journal,
May 10 1995, page B1.
- Richard, Birgit "Todesbilder.
Kunst, Subkultur, Medien." Monograph, Munich
- Opalka, William, "Children's Hospital to test Spielberg concept for kids," Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review, Vol. 106 No. 240, October 4 1994.
- Arimoto, Masatsugu, "Connection Machine: Let the machine speak for itself." (pdf in Japanese and English), AXIS Design Magazine, Number 45, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 132-133.
- Gudrat, Petra. "Portraet: Tamiko Thiel,
Maschinenbauingenieurin und Video-Kuenstlerin," Sueddeutsche Zeitung,
- Wie. "Verspielt, unterhaltsam. Eine Ausstellung der Muenchener Akademieklasse
"Creating the Optimal Link Between Man and Machine: The Design Work of Gordon Bruce." (pdf in Japanese and English), AXIS Design Magazine, Winter1988. Interview with Gordon Bruce, co-designer of the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2.
- Semester2 2014 & 2015 (January-May)
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design and Media.
- Winter Semester (October 2011- February 2012)
- BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, Berlin, Germany. Visiting Professor for Technologies of Non-linear Dramaturgies at the Institute of Time-Based Media.
- September 2003
- KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto, Japan. Taught bilingual Japanese/English workshop "Constructing the Unknown World" on
imagining and constructing the unknown world, based on examples from European and Japanese art
history and cartography.
- October 2002
Weimar, Germany. Taught workshop (in German) in Interactive 3D Virtual Reality
in the Media Design program jointly with Peter Graf from the Media Systems
program. The piece produced during the workshop, Geometries
of Power, a multi-user online collaborative artspace, was presented
online during the Fusion02 event between the Bauhaus and the University of
California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Winter Quarter 2002 (January - March 2002)
- UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA, San Diego, California, USA.
Taught a studio class in virtual reality, a seminar class on
artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, and a
senior projects class in the
Department of Visual
- Spring Quarter 1999
CITY COLLEGE of SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, CA, USA. Developed and taught a class in multimedia
process and production.
- Spring Semester 1994 (January - June 1994)
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Visiting Associate Professor of Design.
Developed and taught two classes: Modern Fetishes,
Relics and Totems (design theory and studio project) and
Do Machines Have
Souls? (design theory).
MEDIENLABOR MUENCHEN, Munich, Germany. Taught workshops in video art.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- Media Lab (Visual Language Workshop): Taught video
- Department of Mechanical Engineering: Teaching
Assistant for FORTRAN programming class.
ART and TECHNOLOGY POSITIONS
- Co-organizer (with Caroline Sinders) of FACETS Un-Conference on Art and Artificial Intelligence,
GOETHE-INSTITUT NEW YORK
- Artistic and technical advisor to the CARIBBEAN CULTURAL CENTER - AFRICAN DIASPORA INSTITUTE (CCCADI) in East Harlem, New York City, for the "Mi Querido Barrio" mobile augmented reality art, culture and history tour. Co-wrote successful grant proposal to win a ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION Cultural Innovation Fund award for the project.
- Co-organizer of Manifest.AR ARtSense commission, FACT, Liverpool.
- Main curator and organizer for VENICE BIENNIAL 2011 Manifest.AR augmented reality intervention.
- Co-founded Manifest.AR, augmented reality artists group.
- Co-curated a Munich Video Art Compilation for the Upgrade!
- Virtual Reality (VRML) Workshop at the Ecole Superieure d'Art, Aix en Provence, France.
- Founded Upgrade!
Munich, monthly meeting of media artists in Munich and member of the international
network The Upgrade.
- 1998 - 1999
- BRIGHTLIGHT, San Francisco, CA, USA. Technical writer for Brightlight's anti-spam software (http://www.brightlight.com/).
- 1994 - 1996
- WORLDS, INC., San Francisco, CA, USA. Creative Director and Producer of
Starbright World, a multi-user
networked virtual reality playspace for seriously ill children, for the Starbright
Foundation (Steven Spielberg, chairman.) Defined creative vision of project,
managed content team of artists and programmers. Final demo involved kids
on stage in New York with Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwartzkopf,
networked together with kids at 4 hospitals around the country.
- OMNIBUS JAPAN, Tokyo, Japan: Consulted on user interface for Japanese versions of Side Effects
Software's Prism 3D computer graphic animation software.
- THINKING MACHINES CORPORATION, Cambridge, MA, USA. Consulted on packaging and industrial
design of the Connection Machine CM-5 supercomputer.
- 1986 - 1991
SOFTLAB GmbH, Munich, Germany. Technical writer and translator for English language documentation for Softlab's
CASE products (Computer-Aided Software Engineering.)
- 1983 - 1985
- THINKING MACHINES CORPORATION, Cambridge, MA, USA. Head of Packaging and
Industrial Design for the Connection Machines CM-1
and CM-2, the first commercially available massively parallel
supercomputers. Co-holder of CM-1 patent for "Method for Interconnecting Processors
in Hyper-Dimensional Array." There are Connection Machines in the collections
of the COMPUTER MUSEUM, Boston, MA and the Museum of American History, SMITHSONIAN
INSTITUTION, Washington DC, USA.
- 1979 - 1981
- HEWLETT-PACKARD, SUNNYVALE, CA, USA. Packaging Design Engineer. Two computer terminal
products released to the market.
- "Artwork: Tamiko Thiel," Augmented Reality: Innovative Perspectives across Art, Industry, and Academia, Morey,Sean and Tinnell, John, Ed. Parlor Press, Anderson, SC, USA, pp. 271-275.
- "Assemblage and Décollage in Virtual Public Space" (with Will Pappenheimer), NMC|Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus, CAA Conference Edition, Summer 2016.
"Site Venice Site Biennale," (pdf extract), in AR[t] Magazine, AR Lab (joint project: Royal Academy of Art/The Hague (KABK), Delft University of Technology, Leiden University). Issue 5, May 2014, pp. 29-33.
"Critical Interventions into Canonical Spaces,” (download my final draft as pdf) Chapter 2 of the book Augmented Reality Art, ed. Vladimir Geroimenko. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany.
- My drawings for the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 were published in: Obtulowicz, Adam. "Multigraphical membrane systems revisited," Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 7762, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 311-322.
- “Embracing the Invisible: Manifest.AR Augmented Reality Intervention at the Hayward Gallery,” practicebased.re blog.
- "Cyber-Animism and Augmented Dreams," Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), Istanbul, April 2011.
- "Rhetorics of the Interactive 3D Installation ‘Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall’" (with Teresa Reuter), conference proceedings for ICIDS (International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling), Edinburgh, UK. Ruth Aylett et al., eds.:ICIDS LNCS 6432, pp. 129-140, Springer-Verlag, Berlin / Heidelberg.
- "The Design of the Connection Machine" (pdf) reprinted in The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments, Richard Buchanan, Dennis Doordan and Victor Margolin, Ed. Berg, New York, pp. 155-166.
- "Where Stones Can Speak: Dramatic Encounters in Interactive 3D Virtual Reality," chapter in the book Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, (pdf) ed. Pat Harrigan & Noah Wadrup-Fruin, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA.
at the Interface of Art and Technology," ON
SCREEN, 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA., USA. Winter 2007, Vol.
18 No.1, pp. 32-34.
Creating Dramatic Structure in Ergodic Narratives," Published in the conference
proceedings for Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment (TIDSE, now subsumed into the ICIDS conference),
Darmstadt, Germany, June 24-26, 2004, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.
- Reader: Lab3D and Web3D Art, Kathy Rae Huffman and Melinda Rackham, editors.
CORNERHOUSE, Manchester, England, June 2003.
- "Beyond Manzanar: Planting Gardens of the Heart in a Virtual Prison" (with Zara Houshmand), [Two] Factorial, !Factorial Press, San Diego, CA,
2003 (now defunct)
- Panelist in The (Re)Structured Screen,online critical forum presented
by Eyebeam/New York and The Integrated Media Program at CalArts, California, Nov. 11 - Dec. 13.
- "Veiled Fantasies," Site Street Online Journal, Fall 2002
- "Dramatic structure in interactive virtual reality," Aedo-ba, Villa Tosca Design
Management Center, Milan, Nr. 03/04, Fall 2001 pp. 40-45.
- "Beyond Manzanar: Constructing Meaning in Interactive
Virtual Reality," COSIGN 2001 Conference
, Amsterdam, Holland.
- Thiel, Tamiko and Houshmand, Zara. "Beyond Manzanar,"
on front Page of NW Nikkei / North American Post, Vol. 18 No.17, April
21, 2001, pp.1,5.
- Thiel, Tamiko and Houshmand, Zara. "Beyond Manzanar," SIGGRAPH 2001 Electronic Art and Animation Catalog and
CD-ROM, ACM SIGGRAPH, New York, page 125.
Images from the series
Metamorphoses featured on
front and back covers of Leonardo Journal ,
MIT Press, Volume 33 #2, 2000, and on Leonardo's
Thiel, Tamiko. "Machine
Sapiens," Ylem Newsletter
, Vol. 15, No. 6, Nov./Dec. 1995. pp. 5-6.
Thiel, Tamiko. "The Design of the Connection Machine," (Japanese text)
InterCommunication Center of the NTT, Tokyo, Japan, No. 8, Spring 1994. pp.128-135.
Thiel, Tamiko. "The Design
of the Connection Machine," (pdf or html) DesignIssues
, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1994. pp. 5-18.
Thiel, Tamiko. "Vijfenzestigduizend Processoren in
Twaalf Dimensies," (in Dutch) Computable
26E Jaargang, Week 22, 4 June 1993, pp. 25, 27.
Thiel, Tamiko. "Machina Cogitans," (text in English and German) Genetic Art - Artificial Life, ARS
ELECTRONICA , Linz, Austria. pp. 186-194
- "Thinking Machines: An Evening with Beryl Korot, Zabet Patterson, and Tamiko Thiel." Panel discussion (online recording here) Introduction by Sean Anderson and moderation by Giampaolo Bianconi. Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 14, 2017.
- FACETS Un-Conference on Art and Artificial Intelligence,
Goethe-Institut New York.
- "Assemblage and Décollage in Virtual Public Space," (with Will Pappenheimer), College Art Association Conference New Media Caucus panel "Augmented Reality Invention/Reinvention," Washington D.C.
- "Virtual- & Augmented-Reality Kunstwerke 1994-2016," Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
- “Experiencing the Invisible - Augmented Reality Art,”
Environmental Visions Symposium, Nanyang Technological University
School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore.
- "Portable Realities"
Symposium, House for Electronic Arts & Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
- Manifest:AR Symposium,
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design, Washington DC.
- “The dramatic and poetic capabilities of virtual and augmented reality,”
University of Bedfordshire,
Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance, Luton, U.K.
- “Virtual and Augmented Reality Artworks,”
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, USA.
- "Rhetorics of the Interactive 3D Installation 'Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall,'”
ICIDS 2010 Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling,
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
- Lecture/demo at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India.
- Lecture/demo at the Rabindra Bharati School of Art, Kolkata (Calcutta), India.
- T+T (Tamiko Thiel, Teresa Reuter and Sabe Wunsch)
artists' talk (streaming video recording) at
Newthinking, Berlin, Germany.
- Lecture/demo (with Teresa Reuter) as part of "Erinnerungsorte:
Denkmal und Gedenken" ("Places of Remembrance: Memorials and Remembrance", at the Chair for Historic Preservation and Design, Technical University Dresden, Germany, 23 June 2009.
- "I viaggi di Mariko Horo," artist's talk at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, as part of the
transnational literary festival Incroci di Civilta', Venice, Italy, May 20.
- Artist's talk on "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall," at the Goethe-Institut Boston as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, USA.
- Artist's talk
on "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall"
for the Upgrade! Munich,
held at the Chair for Urbanism, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany, January 22.
- "Background and History of the Berlin Wall," speech for the US premiere of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall, November 7.
"Tour Through 'Virtuelle Mauer'," artist's talk, November 18. Both at 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, USA.
- "Introduction to the 'Virtuelle Mauer'," speech (together with Teresa Reuter) for the world premiere of Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall, at the Museum for Communication, Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2008.
Horo: The Art of Tamiko Thiel," artist's talk, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle,
USA. Held in conjunction with the exhibit "Japan
Envisions the West: 16th-19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum"
at the Seattle Art Museum and the solo show of The
Travels of Mariko Horo at 911
Media Arts Center, Seattle, USA.
- "Virtual Reality Projects," artist's talk, KHOJ
International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India.
the Unknown World: Limits and freedom of the imagination," ISEA2006/ZeroOne
San Jose Festival, San Jose, USA.
- Participant in the Pacific
Rim New Media Summit organized by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at
San Jose State University and and Leonardo/ISAST, ISEA2006/ZeroOne
San Jose Festival, San Jose, USA.
Memorials? Interactive Media and the Structures of Commemoration," roundtable
discussion as part of the BOSTON
CYBERARTS FESTIVAL / GOETHE-INSTITUT,
- "The Travels of Mariko Horo," Center
for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Lehrkonzept für Bildnerisches Gestalten in der Architektur," Fach Architektur,
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT, Munich, Germany.
- "Re-Constructing the Berlin Wall: The virtual experience of an urban fact
and symbol," Center for European
Studies (CES), HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Caught in the Loop: Media Hysteria in Times of Crisis," Center
for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), MASSACHUSETTS
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "A General Theory of Dramatic Structure for Interactive 3D Environments,"
Guest lecture in the class "Interactive Cinema," Glorianna Davenport, Media
Lab, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Virtual Reality as Interactive Cultural Experience," Guest lecture in the
class "Visualizing Cultures," Profs. John Dower and Shigeru Miyagawa,
School of Humanities, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Virtual Reality as Interactive Cultural Experience,"
Guest lecture in the class "Humanities Go Digital," Kurt Fendt,
School of Humanities. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Finding Form for an Electronic Brain: the Connection Machines CM-1/CM-2,"
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Slowness in Cultural Pluralism," panel discussion, Kyoto Biennale, KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto, Japan.
- "Games, Worlds and New Narratives," Panel Discussion, Lab3D, CORNERHOUSE, Manchester, England.
- "Evocative Structure and Social Content in Virtual Reality," University of Salford, Manchester, England.
- "Evocative Structure and Social Content in Virtual Reality," Center for
Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), Massachusetts Institute of Technologie (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA.
- "Arbeiten mit Kunst und Technologie," Akademie der
Bildende Künste, Munich, Germany
- "NextArt: Provocations" Panel Discussion, FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, Maitland, Florida, USA.
- "Lehrkonzept für Szenografie mit Neuen Medien," Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen,
- "Creating Dramatic Structure in Interactive 3D Virtual
Reality," Interactive Media Division, School of Cinema-Television, University
of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- "Creating Beyond Manzanar," (with Zara Houshmand.)
Event to celebrate the opening of Beyond Manzanar in the "Highlights of the
Permanent Collection" show at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Event
co-hosted by ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network.
- "Arbeiten mit Kunst und Technologie,"
Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Germany
- "Creating Dramatic Structure in Virtual Reality," New York University, New York,
- "World-building in VRML," Univ. of CA at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA.
Content in PC-based Virtual Reality," Univ. of CA at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of Media Arts, CA, USA.
- "Deep Content in PC-based Virtual Reality," Pomona College, Pomona, CA, USA.
- "Crossing cultures in Virtual Reality," curators talk at the Japanese American
National Museum (JANM), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- "Beyond Manzanar," Center for Research on Computers in the Arts (CRCA), Univ. of
CA at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA.
- "Dramaturgie fuer Interaktive VR", (in German) Hochschule für Film und
Fernsehen, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany.
- Panel discussion on the Japanese-American Internment, together with Dr. Frank Kitamoto of the
Bainbridge Island Nikkeikai, Cherry Blossom Festival, Seattle, WA, USA.
- "Entstehungsgeschichte: Beyond
Manzanar", (in German)
Fachhochschule Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany.
- "Beyond Manzanar und die Leitkulturdiscussion," artist's talk (in German) at the
Lothringerstrasse 13 /
LADEN Gallery, Munich, Germany
- "New Media de Kanjo wo Furitsukeru", (in Japanese) Sapporo School of the Arts, Sapporo, Japan.
- "Beyond Manzanar - Work in progress" (in Japanese), International Academy of the Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Ogaki City, Japan.
- "Fantasies and Other Realities", Viper Media Art Festival,
- "Virtual Worlds", Art Center College of Design,
- "Virtually Paradise: Virtual Spaces as Refuge," Out of the Box Summit on Interactivity, BANFF CENTRE for the ARTS, Banff, Canada.
- "Digital Butoh", Digital Art Pavilion, PALO ALTO FESTIVAL of the ARTS, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
"Personal Fantasies and Public Realities" CHIK TEK 97: Women Artists Defining Technology, held by the CADRE Institute at the San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA.
"Virtual Environments and Healing" AVATARS 97, San Francisco, CA, USA.
"Virtuelle Koerper; Virtuelle Welten" (in German), TECHNO-Z FACHHOCHSCHULE, Salzburg, Austria.
"Virtuelle Koerper; Virtuelle Welten" (in German), DOLL.MONSTER.DEATH.: Cultural Transformation Processes of Bio- and Information Technologies," Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria.
- "Calculating Clock to Connection Machine: The Changing Image of Computers," Museum of American
History, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Washington DC, USA.
"Machine as Mirror, Machine as Model," IDEO, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Print Bio (pdf)
"Symposium on Media Arts Criticism," MEDIENLABOR MUENCHEN, Munich, Germany.
"Roboter, Animaten und kuenstliche Lebewesen," Genetic
Art - Artificial Life, ARS ELECTRONICA 93, Linz, Austria.
Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity. She works in a variety of media ranging from supercomputers to digital prints and videos to interactive 3d virtual reality worlds and augmented reality.
She received her B.S. in 1979 from Stanford University in Product Design Engineering with a focus on human factors design, and worked as a product design engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley. She then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied human-machine design at the Biomechanics Lab and computer graphics at the precursors to the Media Lab. After receiving her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 she worked at Danny Hillis' MIT AI Lab start-up Thinking Machines Corporation as lead product designer on the Connection Machines CM-1/CM-2 supercomputers. Once the design phase was finished she moved to Germany to study studio art at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, where she received a Diploma in Applied Graphics in 1991, specializing in video installation art. Since then she has worked as an artist in a variety of media.
Artwork, Exhibitions, Reviews:
Thiel considers her first artwork to be Danny Hillis' massively parallel supercomputers Connection Machines CM-1 (1986) and CM-2 (1987), for which she was lead product designer. Danny's radical new artificial intelligence computer architecture was inspired by the human brain, linking 65,536 tiny 1-bit processors in a 12-dimensional hypercube network. Thiel and her team created the machine as a massive, 5' square matt black 8-fold cube of cubes, whose 4,096 processor chip status lights were visible through the transparent doors, blinking to mark the activitiy of this "electronic brain." The Connection Machine provoked a lasting change in Apple founder Steve Jobs' own sense of the power of visual design, and in 2016 the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of the few remaining CM-2 machines for its permanent collection. It is on view in the exhibit "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989" through April 8, 2018.
At the Munich Academy of Fine Arts she began with drawing and painting, then found her artistic voice with found object installations such as "Beauty and the Beast: The Conjugal Bed." Intrigued by problems of dramatic structure in time-based art, she finished her studies with a video installation "The Golden Seed" (aka "The Golden I"), the first of a series of works investigating the emotive power of the human body and known collectively as the Totem Project.
Her first work in interactive 3D virtual reality was as creative director and producer of Starbright World(1996), an award-winning multi-user 3D online virtual playspace for seriously ill children done in collaboration with film director and Starbright Foundation chairman Steven Spielberg. Her interactive 3D installation Beyond Manzanar (2000, with Zara Houshmand), reflecting on scapegoating of minorities in times of crisis, is in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art in Silicon Valley, California, USA. This work is discussed in Whitney Museum media art curator Christiane Paul’s reference book Digital Art (Thames and Hudson World of Art series), and Boston University Professor Matthew Smith’s book The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace. Matthew Smith also published a monograph on Thiel’s work, "Liquid Walls: The Digital Art of Tamiko Thiel," in the Performing Arts Journal (PAJ).
Her interactive 3D installation The Travels of Mariko Horo (2006) draws on Dante, Byzantine and Buddhist imagery to create a reverse Marco Polo fantasy of the exotic West seen from a Buddhist viewpoint. It premiered in 2006 at the first 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, Silicon Valley, USA (curator Steve Dietz), and has since been shown in venues such as Siggraph, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, Italy and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy. This work is discussed by Marcela Quiroz Luna, Curatorial Director of Art San Diego, in the article "Orientalism, Occidentalism and other myths of origin," Fahrenheit Contemporary Art Magazine. In 2006 she received a prize from the City of Munich, curated by Bettina Wagner-Bergelt (vice director, Bavarian State Ballet) and Dr. Stefan Urbaschek (curator, Sammlung Goetz), to commission a dance piece using The Travels of Mariko Horo as a realtime stage set: “In the Land of Babari-an” premiered at the Dance2006 Festival in Munich.
In 2007 she was awarded a major grant from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin Capital City Cultural Funds) to create an interactive 3D installation on the Berlin Wall, Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall. This artwork won the IBM Innovation Award for Artistic Creation in Art and Technology at the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival. It was shown extensively in 2009 for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in Europe, including the Berlin City Museum in Germany and LABoral Centro de Arte in Spain (curators Steve Dietz and Christiane Paul). It was sent on tour by the Goethe-Institut in the USA and India; the US tour included a special event at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and an opening speech by German Ambassador Dr. Klaus Scharioth (solo show, American University Museum,Washington D.C.).
A founding member of the cyberartist group Manifest.AR, she participated in the pathbreaking augmented reality exhibit “We AR in MoMA,” an uninvited guerilla takeover of MoMA New York. Videos of Thiel’s “ARt Critic Face Matrix” were featured in articles in the New York Times and on WNYC (National Public Radio). In 2011 she led the Manifest.AR Venice Biennial AR Intervention, placing her work series "Shades of Absence," on censorship in the visual arts, in the Venice Giardini and in the German National Pavilion (which won the Golden Lion Award for best national pavilion). This led to an invitation to participate in the ISEA2011 exhibition UNCONTAINABLE, an official parallel program of the Istanbul Biennial, where she placed her artwork series "Invisible Istanbul: Captured Images" into the main biennial exhibition. Since then she has many commissions for augmented reality projects as a site specific participatory public art form, and creating digital prints of the augments taken on location to show in gallery exhibits.
In 1998 she won a grant from WIRED Magazine to research "Beyond Manzanar" and in 1999 created the artwork during as artist in residence at the IAMAS media art academy in Gifu, Japan. In 2003 she was a Japan Foundation Fellow in residence at the Kyoto Art Center, Japan to research "The Travels of Mariko
Horo," and in 2004
produced the artwork as a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, M.I.T. In
2006 she received a prize from the City of Munich, curated by Bettina
Wagner-Bergelt and Dr. Stephan Urbaschek, to develop and exhibit a work using "The Travels of Mariko
Horo" as a realtime stage set for a specially commissioned dance performance. This work, "In the Land of Babari-an," premiered at the Dance 2006 Festival of Contemporary Dance in Munich. In 2007 she was awarded a prize from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin Capital City Cultural Fund) to research and create her virtual reality installation Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall; in 2009 this work won the IBM Innovation Award for artistic creation in art and technology. In 2011/2012 she was Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence in Second Life, for which she staged two performative events.
For her works in augmented reality, in 2012 the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool awarded her cyberartist group Manifest.AR a commission to develop an augmented reality system using bio-sensing, for which she created "Biomer Skelters" (2013, with Will Pappenheim), for the 10th anniversary show "Turning FACT Inside Out." In 2013 she was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the USA's premiere artist in residence program. In 2014 she was awarded a commission to create "I am Sound," an interactive installation inspired by synesthesia (with Christoph Reiserer) for the Digital Synesthesia project. Her 2016 commission from the Seattle Art Museum transformed their Olympic Sculpture Park into a field of mutant plants resisting climate change, "Gardens of the Anthropocene." In 2017-18 she is a Google VR Tilt Brush Artist-in-Residence.
Teaching & Lecturing:
She has taught and lectured internationally at institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Center for European Studies, the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, University of California/San Diego, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television and the School of Film and Television in Babelsberg, Germany. In winter semester 2011 she was Visiting Professor for Technologies of Non-linear Dramaturgies at the Berlin University of the Arts, Institute of Time-Based Media. In winter semester 2014 and winter semester 2015 she was Visiting Associate Professor for Interactive Media at the Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). In 2018 she will be a guest professor at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria.