Tamiko Thiel

Tamiko Thiel


Artworks exploring the intersection of space, place and cultural memory.


ARpothecary's Garden
What you sow
Revolution and Return
Waldwandel/Forest Flux
Waldwandel/Forest Flux
Waldwandel/Forest Flux
Juliettoo
Anthropocene Daze
Enter the Plastocene @ MEET Milan
Enter the Plastocene @ MEET Milan
Enter the Plastocene @ MEET Milan
Atmos Sphaerae
Atmos Sphaerae
Atmos Sphaerae
Enter the Plastocene @ ARTLAB Gleis1 Regensburg
Enter the Plastocene @ ARTLAB Gleis1 Regensburg
Enter the Plastocene @ ARTLAB Gleis1 Regensburg
ReWildAR
ReWildAR
ReWildAR
Virtual Berlin Wall
Virtual Berlin Wall
Sponge Space Trash Takeover
Lend Me Your Face!
Lend Me Your Face!
My Identity Is This Expanse
My Identity Is This Expanse
My Identity Is This Expanse
Touching, Traces
Suspended Spring
Suspended Spring
Strange Growth
Nothing of him that doth fade...
Nothing of him that doth fade...
Evolution of Fish
Evolution of Fish
Evolution of Fish
Evolution of Fish
Lotus Meditation
Unexpected Growth
Unexpected Growth
Unexpected Growth
CM 2 in MoMA
CM 2 in MoMA
Wild Gardens
Wild Gardens
Wild Gardens
Wild Gardens
Goldsegen
Goldsegen
Treasures of Seh Rem
Treasures-of-Seh-Rem
Land of Cloud
Land of Cloud
El Barrio is home!
El Barrio is home!
Gardens of the Anthropocene
Gardens of the Anthropocene
Gardens of the Anthropocene
I am Sound
Shades of Absence
Shades of Absence
Shades of Absence
Shades of Absence
All Hail Damien Hirst!
Reign of Gold
Invisible Istanbul
Transformation: Lehel
Transformation: Lehel
Transformation: Lehel
Transformation: Lehel
Water Lilly Invasion
Biomer Skelters
Clouding Green
ARt Critic Face Matrix


RECENT AWARDS:

SIGGRAPH 2024, 28 July – 1 August in Denver, USA

I will receive the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art! I am still wobbly-kneed at being named to this illustrious group, with so many true s/heros of mine! SIGGRAPH was so important for the beginning of my career as a media artist, in the early days when few art venues would dare to show VR artworks.

AWE XR Hall of Fame

I am honored to be part of the first cohort inducted into the newly formed XR Hall of Fame, including many of my s/heros and friends! Unfortunately I can't attend the AWE conferences this year due to prior committments elsewhere, I would have so loved to celebrate this together with you all! :-(

CAI Magazine's Top 20 Most Famous Digital Artists

According to the ranking algorithm on artfacts.net, I am #10 on this list! Read their description of how they came up with the rankings. Grateful that I lived to see the words "famous" and "digital" and "artists" in the same sentence in art magazines! :-)

RECENTLY PAST:

10 Feb. - 14 April 2024 @ Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary


Vera Plastica
Generative AR installation, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2024
Commissioned by BROICH Digital Art Museum via DAM Projects Berlin

Premiering in "À la Recherche de Vera Molnar," with works by generative art pioneer Vera Molnar and homages by internationally acclaimed artists. Curated by Richard Castelli and Zsófia Máté, with generous support from BROICH Digital Art Museum and Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur.

Exhibition: 10 February - 14 April 2024
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest


Vera Plastica generative AR installation, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2022. Left: visualization of 3D AR view; Right: 2D grid view


Vera Plastica is a generative augmented reality (AR) installation inspired by Vera Molnar's 2D generative grid compositions, with each grid element an algorithmic variation in form and color. We extend her process into the 3rd and 4th dimensions of space and time, creating a dialog between a 2D, top down view, shown on a horizontal monitor, and a 3D spatial, perspective view of the entire animated AR installation, shown on a large wall monitor and in visitors' own smartphones. Our basic unit is also 3D: a (virtual) plastic bottle, symbolizing the plastic waste we are dumping into our oceans. The artwork reveals how viewpoint shapes our perception: the colorful circles on the 2D monitor are seen in 3D to be „sprouts“ of a huge „plastokelp forest“ expanding out from the horizontal monitor to engulf all visitors in the galley space.


ONGOING:

Until 01 Oct 2024 @ EVOLUON, Eindhoven, Holland


Lend Me Your Face participatory deepfake AI, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2020
A person encounter with how AI can manipulate and control your own face.

In the exhibit "RetroFuture" curated by Ruben Baart.







EXTENDED UNTIL May 2025, at the Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Revolution and Return, by Tamiko Thiel and /p
Interactive AR installation, 2023

In "DEMO-" AR exhibit, from wava.ar and Netzwerk Paulkirche (until 2024)


Revolution and Return
Revolution and Return, interactive AR installation, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2023.
At the Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photos: Ben Livne Weitzman


Silver coins of the German states, carrying the profiles of their respective German monarchs and symbols of their personal power, fall from the sky. With a touch you can transform them into the founding constitutional documents of the first unified German nation-state, which forced them to give up control of their realms in 1848.

But what happens when gold ducats of the powerful Prussian King and Austrian Emperor begin to rain down from above?

NOTES: On the first, failed attempt at democracy in Germany, in 1848.

Official City of Munich Art in Public Space:


#JulietToo
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.


#JulietToo, AR installation, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2022. Marienplatz Munich, next to the Old City Hall/Toy Museum

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.

PRESS:

Danielle Newnham Podcast: "Interviews with tech founders and innovators" just published an interview about formative aspects of my childhood, and working with collegues on the Connection Machine.





KUNSTFORUM International: 20 page (!) interview in guest editor Pamela Scorzin's "Mixed Realities" volume.
(In German - contact me for English)



KUNSTFORUM International #290 "Mixed Realities", Editor Pamela Scorzin, interview pages 106 - 125.