Events Archive

Collection of past events

ONGOING: Official City of Munich Art in Public Space:

AR installation, Tamiko Thiel, 2022
Sited @ the Juliet Capulet sculpture in Marienplatz

Commissioned for the ARORA / #MakeUsVisible / denkFEmale Munich AR virtual monuments exhibit, 2022. All artworks are visible around the world as well - follow links on website.

On July 6th, Munich's Deputy Mayor Katrin Habenschaden officially "unveiled" a plaque on the pedestal of the Juliet Capulet statue, with a QR code to launch my AR enhancement #JulietToo.

Left: Anne Wichmann/ARORA and Tamiko with new plaque to launch #JulietToo AR installation.
Right: Munich Vice Mayor Katrin Habenschaden, Anne Wichmann, Amadea Pely/denkFEmale, Juliet Capulet (by Nereo Costantini), Tamiko, Tabitha Nagy/#MakeUsVisible.

Created by sculptor Nereo Constantini to honor the tragic, 13 year old heroine of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", the sculpture was donated to Munich in 1974 by its Partner City Verona, Italy. In the wake of #MeToo there has been much discussion of the tourist practice of rubbing (and licking) the patina off of Juliet's right breast "to bring luck".

To contribute to the discussion, #JulietToo surrounds the Juliet sculpture with her body positive avatars as amazon and as Viking shield maiden, warrior women who bared their breasts in battle as a sign of strength, rather than submission.

AR Biennial, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany

What You Sow (Tamiko Thiel and /p)
Interactive AR installation, 2023

Premiering in the 2nd AR Biennale "Hybrid Nature" - (PRESS)
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, 13 May – 29 October 2023

What You Sow
What You Sow, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2023. Visualization in Rheingärtchen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

O ye Denizens of the Deep! Plastic waste falls like mana from the heavens. Touch each precious seed to grow a bountiful garden of garbage, that shall be for all eternity. For what you sow, so shall you reap.

"Flowers Forever" @ Kunsthalle Munich

Waldwandel/Forest Flux
AR Installation (with /p), 2023

PRESS: Arte TWIST augmented reality interview: Starting at 26:28 - in German but great video! :-)

Waldwandel / Forest Flux. Artist's visualization in the Kunsthalle Munich.

Waldwandel / Forest Flux was commissioned by the Kunsthalle Munich for the exhibit "Flowers Forever" (curated by Franziska Stöhr), BIOTOPIA Museum of Natural History, and the Bavarian State Forest Enterprise.

Sponsored by generous grants from the Bavarian State Forest Enterprise, and from Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program with support from Unity Charitable Fund/Tides Foundation.


Group online exhibit, curator Julie Walsh
For xR Bavaria @ Medientage München, in Mozilla Hubs, October 2020

The exhibit is divided over two spaces: Dome1 has the exhibition text on the whole show and half of the artworks. It has a portal to Dome2, and vice versa. Here is a direct link to Dome2, where my piece Lend Me Your Face! is installed (along with many other works).

Lend Me Your Face! as a video installation is composed of pre-recorded deepfake videos generated during the premiere of the artwork in the "Goetzendaemmerung" group show of the Artists Association in Haus der Kunst Munich.

Lend me your face
Lend Me Your Face! in "Re-start," curated by Julie Walsh for xR Bavaria @ Medientage München

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA NY) - Reopening 2019

MoMA closed over summer 2019 to finish a complete remodeling not only of the building and exhibition space, but also of the curatorial concept for the whole museum and especially its permanent collection.

In the Reopening Exhibition, the Connection Machine CM-2 was shown in a free exhibit drawn from the permanent collection:


21 October 2019 - January 26, 2020
Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Anna Burckhardt, Curatorial Assistant, Dept. of Architecture and Design.

Connection Machine CM-2, collection Museum of Modern Art, NY. Photo: Gary Oberbrunner

VECTOR Artist Book Launch, Munich

Kunstverein München

11 December 2019
VECTOR Artists Journal publishes a collection of essays by contemporary artists. Each issue focuses on a different city from around the world and compiles a collection of written or pictorial essays by 25 Artists who are based in the specific city. It is available as a free download in the "Journal" section of the VECTOR website for viewing and download. You can also view each essay on-line by clicking on an artists name in the "Artists" section.

Guest Editor Birthe Blauth
Managing Editors Peter Gregorio, Javier Barrios


Strange Growth

Mixed reality artwork, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2019

Strange Growth
Strange Growth at the book launch for VECTOR #9 artist book, Kunstverein Munich - Thanks to Gretta Louw - whose work is also featured in VECTOR - for helping with the screenshot!

PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek Benefit Auction, Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne

23 November 2019
Nothing of him that doth fade ... was auctioned at the PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek fundraising gala for the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst in Munich.

Nothing of him that doth fade ...

3D ceramic print and mixed reality artwork, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2019

Nothing of him that doth fade
Photo: Haydar Koyupinar, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

Whitney Museum of American Art NY

28 September 2018 - 14 April 2019
Group exhibit organized by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, and Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research, and Clémence White, curatorial assistant.


Unexpected Growth

Augmented reality commission, Tamiko Thiel (with /p), 2018

Unexpected Growth

Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age 1959-1989

Museum of Modern Art NY

13 November 2017 - 8 April 2018
Curated by Sean Anderson and Giampaolo Bianconi
In 2016 the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of the few remaining Connection Machine CM-2 artificial intelligence supercomputers for their permanent collection. It is unlikely to be on permanent display, so go see it now!

Panel discussion recording online: Thinking Machines: An Evening with Beryl Korot, Zabet Patterson, and Tamiko Thiel

See also: How the Connection Machine inspired Steve Jobs and ushered in a sea change in his design esthetic.


FACETS Un-Conference on Art and Artificial Intelligence

Goethe-Institut New York

Organized by Tamiko Thiel and Caroline Sinders, October 28, 2017

Started in 2015, FACETS is an interdisciplinary 'un-conference' focused on furthering marginalized voices at the intersections of art, technology, and engineering. This year's focus is on Art and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and will explore the future of activism, data science, and bias within machine learning and artificial intelligence.

View video recordings of all 5 sessions here >>


Wild Gardens @ Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

7pm Saturday, 14 November, 2017
An Augmented Reality Tour with Dr. Xenia Riemann-Tyroller, curator at Die Neue Sammlung/The Design Museum, for the Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of the Munich Museums).

Wild Gardens have sprouted up around the grounds of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, almost overwhelming the visitors and the little Futuro house!

wild gardens
Wild Gardens @ Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Tamiko Thiel, 2017


Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne, Germany:

9 Sept. - 28 Oct. 2017
Virtual reality exhibit curated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space)
Featuring "The Travels of Mariko Horo," virtual reality large-screen projection installation

Plus a limited edition fine art print of the scene "Avogadori in the Opal Palace," taken from the larger work.

The Travels of Mariko Horo
The Travels of Mariko Horo VR large screen projection, 2006/2017

Avogadori in the Opal Palace limited edition fine art print, 2017

"The Augmented Landscape", 27 May - 30 November 2017

Salem, Massachusetts, USA:

Augmented reality exhibit curated and produced by George Fifield / Boston Cyberarts
With matching funding from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts)

@ Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, MA.

Treasures of Seh Rem
Treasures of Seh Rem, 2017

Gardens of the Anthropocene
Gardens of the Anthropocene, 2016-2017

Google Tilt Brush, Artist in Residence 2017:

Land of Cloud - Tilt Brush Virtual Reality sketch

A preliminary collaboration with the Google Tilt Brush team! Exploring how every plant and figure can be created with a unique brush and gesture. In the "Land of Cloud": The people are silent. They communicate not through speech, gesture or gaze, but through strange "cloud mirrors," which keep them in constant contact with their deity, The Cloud, in whose image they are created.

Land of Cloud

New York: El Barrio is Home! @ CCCADI: Mi Querido Barrio October 2016 - April 2017

Augmented reality installation in El Barrio/East Harlem

The Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute is a cultural center for the world-wide African diaspora based in East Harlem ("Spanish Harlem") in New York City. Back in 2012 as "AR artistic advisor" I helped them get a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Award for "Mi Querido Barrio," a Street Art project to put their art, culture and history on the streets of El Barrio/East Harlem using augmented reality.

I held workshops in AR for CCCADI's artists, and they invited me to create a work for the exhibit that would trigger off the facade of the new building itself. For my piece we asked residents, "What makes El Barrio feel like home?" I took their handwritten and signed answers and transformed them into golden words that swirl around you when you scan the facade.

El Barrio is Home
In front of CCCADI during Grand Opening

El Barrio is Home
Scanning facade launches augment

Brush the Sky @ 9e2 media art festival Oct. 21 - 29, 2016


Augmented reality Japanese calligraphy project in collaboration with Midori Kono Thiel 9e2 was an art exhibition and performance series curated by John Boylan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary exhibit "9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering.,"

Organized in 1966 by Robert Rauschenberg and Billy Klüver in New York, and featured artist performances in collaboration with engineers from Bell Labs, it sparked a new era of collaboration between artists and technologists. The 9e2 festival embraced that same spirit of experimentation and collaboration with a new series of works that explored the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Brush the sky
Site specific AR calligraphy

brush the sky
Transparent hangings & AR calligraphy

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, summer commission 2016:

Gardens of the Anthropocene - augmented reality installation: ONLY viewable June 25 - September 30, 2016

Native plants mutate to survive climate change - and take over the Olympic Sculpture Park. With thanks to UW Professors Josh Lawler and Julian Olden, Center for Creative Conservation, for their advice!

olympic sculpture park

Virtuale Switzerland / Lugano - 23 June - 30 Sept. 2016

The world's first biennial of virtual art, now in Lugano, Switzerland, is showing Water Lily Invasion on Lake Lugano.

water lilly
Water Lily Invasion on Lake Lugano, Switzerland(Photo: Art Clay, DAW)

I am Sound - in the Digital Synesthesia exhibit, 10 March - 08 April 2016


Synesthetic video to audio project in collaboration with Christoph Reiserer:
Give us your face, and we will transform it into a personal music composition and cubist video portrait.
A multi-media portrait for the Selfie Generation.

I am Sound

i am sound

Brush the Sky - 15 May. 2015 - 17 April 2016


Augmented reality Japanese calligraphy project in collaboration with Midori Kono Thiel CONSTRUCT\S,
installations by Asian American women artists, curated by Stacey Uradomo-Barre
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience (Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Museum)

brush the sky
Site specific AR calligraphy

brush the sky
Transparent hangings & AR calligraphy

Virtuale Switzerland / Lausanne - 23 April - 27 Sept. 2015

The world's first biennial of virtual art, now opening in Lausanne, Switzerland!

virtuale switzerland
Biomer Skelters @ Rolex Learning Center

Shades of Absence @ Palais Rumine

Goldsegen/Golden Blessings SG50 - How much do you need to be happy?


A participatory art project for Chinese New Year, and for Singapore's 50th anniversary.

6 February – 16 March 2015
ADM Faculty Show 2015: Beyond the Horizon
ADM Gallery, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

"Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall" interactive virtual reality installation, Tamiko Thiel & Teresa Reuter

Boston: November 2014

Berlin: August 2014

ISEA Dubai Festival - Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2014

Biomer Skelters(with Will Pappenheimer)
A participatory public artwork connecting body rhythms to potential ecosystems, Biomer Skelters asks participants to choose between being Indigenators protecting native biomes, or Exoticators propagating biome shifts due to global warming. Shown in the textile souk of Dubai's Old Town, plus other locations around Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Biomer Skelters was a FACT Liverpool commission for a bio-sensor driven augmented reality artwork.

Munich: Oct 6 - 10, 2014

GoldsegenHow much do you need to be happy?

A project on consumerism and the promise of happiness.
Part of the public art project Das Rätsel des Überflüssigen (Conundrum of the Superfluous ) by Serafine Lindemann | artcircolo.
With pilotraum01 e.V., GCN and DantonDenkRaum, for Klimaherbst München 2014

London: MERGE Festival - Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2014

Fractured Visions: To See Again

An augmented reality installation on the fragility of human vision. Inspired by palinopsia, a rare visual disorder, two site-specific installations question our perceptions of reality.

Dr. Dominic ffytche:
Working with Tamiko Thiel has helped crystalise what ... we do not know. ... This realisation, that much of the key evidence
required to understand palinopsia is missing, was an unexpected outcome of the collaboration and what I have taken away is a fresh outlook on palinopisa together with new ideas on how to progress research in this area.

Commissioned by the AXNS Curatorial Collective, in collaboration with Dr. Dominic ffytche, King's College London. Supported by Art Council England, the Wellcome Trust, King's College London and the MERGE Festival...

See AXNS Fractured Visions website for viewing instructions, video and catalog.

Fractured Visions: Multiplicities - Inspired by the palinopsia symptom polyopia.

Fractured Visions: Diffusions - Inspired by the palinopsia symptom illusory visual spread

Basel: Virtuale Switzerland - First Biennial of Virtual Art, June 18 - September 28, 2014

Official Parallel Project to Art Basel, with support from Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Councial and the City-State of Basel

Biomer Skelters

Water Lily Invasion

Shades of Absence: Public Voids

Jan 17-20 2014 @ UNPAINTED Media Art Fair Munich

Transformation: Munich (Lehel)

Presented by pilotraum01 e.V., curators Serafine Lindemann (artcircolo) and Christian Schoen (kunst | konzepte) Many thanks to the Department of Arts and Culture of the Bavarian State
Capital City Munich and to LAYAR for sponsorship for this event!

More information:

Corcoran Gallery of ARt / Corcoran College of ARt and Design

Shades of Absence: Governing Bodies

The 4th work in the Shades of Absence work series, Governing Bodies is a monument to artists censored due to pressure from high U.S. government officials. Fine art prints of silhouettes of Robert Mapplethorpe and Paul Cadmus - formed out of terms of censorship - were exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery 31. The augmented reality work includes artists such as the NEA 4 and Andres Serrano, and is geolocated permanently in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Endowment for the Arts offices in the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Biomer Skelters - biosensor driven city-wide augmented reality public artwork (with Will Pappenheimer.)

Manifesting internal biorythms as external wild growth reforestation, this crowd sourced urban artwork transforms participants into virtual biome propagators.

June 14th - September 15th, 2013
Part of the Manifest.AR exhibit Invisible ARtaffects.
A FACT Liverpool commission for their 10th anniversary exhibition Turning FACT Inside Out.
In collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University and the World Museum Liverpool.

Digital Art Weeks Singapore, 2013

Three of my artworks are showing in Singapore for the Digital Art Weeks, curator Art Clay

Click here for more on the artworks shown below

Clouding Green, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Flying Windmills, Clarke Quay, Singapore

ARt Critic Face Matrix, Ion Orchard, Orchard Road, Singapore

Transformation (2012)

4 channel video (music by Gerd Kötter) and augmented reality installation, St. Lukas Church Munich (Lehel).

An art project on possible realities for urban life in the future. Part of "overtures ZeitRäume," a project series by pilotraum01 e.V. curated by Serafine Lindemann / artcircolo and Christian Schoen / kunst | konzepte, in cooperation with the St. Lukas Church Munich, Pastor Beate Frankenberger, and the citizens of the Lehel neighborhood in Munich.

Manifest.AR @ Zero1 Biennial (2012)

# Presented by the Samek Art Gallery/Bucknell Universityand ZERO1 Biennial 2012 Manifest.AR was commissioned by the Samek Art Gallery of Bucknell University and by Zero1 itself to create new works for the Zero1 Biennial, Silicon Valley, USA. I showed two new works, Clouding Green and Fortune 500 Cookies, and have placed the ARt Critic Face Matrix in the San Jose Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Please click here for an overview of my works for Zero1.
Click on an image below for an individual project.

Clouding Green seen here at Google HQ

Fortune 500 Cookies seen here at ZERO1 Garage

ARt Critic Face Matrix seen here at SF MoMA

When I Dream @ Art Gwangju

augmented reality installation, 2012

Presented by The Art Syn Projects (London):

When I Dream was shown by The Art Syn Projects (London)
as part of its exhibit Fragmented Identity

@ Art Gwangju, Korea

Sept. 5-9, 2012
When I Dream

ARt Critic Face Matrix in No.Need.For:Real? @ Triennale di Milano, 2012

Opening event Sept. 2 2012 for the
conference at the Triennale di Milano, Italy

To Question is GOLD - augmented reality installation, 2012

Part of the Manifest.AR show at the
Nikolaj Kunsthal
for the 2012 Copenhagen Art Festival, August 24th - October 21st, 2012

Nikolaj Kunsthal

All Hail Damien Hirst - AR intervention at the Tate Modern, 2012:

How the critics reacted to this AR intervention into Damien Hirst's retrospective at the Tate Modern:

Fascinating - Rosie Millard, author of The Tastemakers (Why Britain fell in love with Damien Hirst) I liked it alot - many thanks - Julian Spalding, author of Con Art: Why you should sell your Damien Hirsts while you can

Transmediale 2012: an in/compatible incident

The director of the Transmediale, celebrating 25 years of interventionist art, speaks of offensive AR art and makes it clear he does not want it at his festival. How should an artist react? With an AR intervention, of course ... More >>

Reign of Gold embellishes the Transmediale 2012 themes

Goethe-Institut Second Life Artist in Residence:

Dislocative Sculpture - 2011

Perceptive Dislocations - 2012

Louvre Illuminati - Louvre intervention, 2011

Reign of Gold - AR Occupy Wall Street

Reign of Gold, 2011, NY Stock Exchange, Broad St. side

Reign of Gold, 2011, NY Stock Exchange, Wall St. side

DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn

Shades of Absence: OutsideInside,(Manhattan Bridge)


Official Parallel Program to the ISTANBUL BIENNIAL

Invisible Istanbul

AR Intervention in the Istanbul Biennial in cooperation with PATTU Istanbul
[ See this link for documentation of my work series Captured Images ]

Not There

Kasa Gallery, Sabanci University, Artworks from the Manifest.AR, Venice Biennial 2011 Intervention

Shades of Absence - Kasa Gallery

Shades of Absence - Venice Biennale 2011 AR Intervention

[ further venues ]

Shades of Absence: Outside Inside, 2011

Shades of Absence: Public Void, 2011

Shades of Absence: Schlingensief Gilded, 2011

Jasmine Rain (birdcage) - augmented reality installation

Jasmine Rain (birdcage), ICA Boston, 2011

Jasmine Rain (birdcage), Tahrir Square, Cairo

Carnation Rain (Largo do Carmo) - augmented reality installation

Carnation Rain (Largo do Carmo), 2011 - Memorial for the Carnation Revolution, Lisbon, Portugal

AR interventions in Brooklyn, New York

Eddie Mae: Return to Bushwick,Brooklyn 2010

7 Portraits for MariaH, Brooklyn 2010

Newtown Creek, Brooklyn,2011

ARt Critic Face Matrix - MoMA New York premiere

ARt Critic Face Matrix, MoMA NY, 2010

ARt Critic Face Matrix, Reloaded, 2011

Virtuelle Mauer Berlin Wall Project

Virtuelle Mauer, ReConstructing the Wall, virtual reality installation (2008)

ReVisioning the Virtual Wall, fine art prints (2009)

Travels of Mariko Horo Project

The Travels of Mariko Horo, virtual reality installation, (2006)

In the Land of Babari-an dance performance withrealtime 3D stage set (2006)

The Logbook of Mariko Horo, Flash animation (2006),(link: markszine/Deb King)

Other Virtual Reality Projects

Video & Media Projects


Connection Machine, parallel supercomputer (1986/1987)

CM-1 t-shirt reissued! (2008)