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Tamiko Thiel
* 1957, currently based: (almost) everywhere

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Tamiko Thiel – artist profile”. (retrieved 2015-15-01). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Tamiko Thiel artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2015-15-01}
Tamiko Thiel is a media artist interested in the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural memory. She has done pioneering work in developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of various forms of virtual and augmented reality as media for exploring social and cultural issues.

2014 Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2014 Honor Roll of the IT History Society for the visual design of the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 supercomputer.
2014 Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust grants for a commission for "Fractured Visions" from the AXNS Curatorial Collective, London.
2014 Visiting Artist, MFA program in Experimental and Documentary Studies, Duke University
2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow
2012 - 2013 Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) Liverpool commission for "Biomer Skelters."
2012 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund award as artistic adviser for the Caribbean Cultural Center - African Diaspora Institute project "Mi Querido Barrio."
2012 Zero1 Biennial and Samek Art Gallery commission
2011 - 2014 Visiting Artist at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
2011 - 2012 Artist-in-Residence at the Goethe-Institute Second Life, for which she created "Dislocative Sculpture" and “Perceptive Dislocations” performative events in collaboration with the United|Dislokations|Kartell (U|D|K)
2011 - 2012 Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
2011 Co-Founder of Manifest.AR
2009 Nomination for the World Technology Award
2009 IBM Innovation Award for artistic creation in art and technology for "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall," awarded at Boston Cyberarts Festival.
2007 Virtual Reality Workshop at the Ecole Superieure d’Art, Aix-en-Provence
2007 Grant from the Berlin Capital City Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds) to produce "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall."
2006 City of Munich prize for Young Art/New Media (Junge Kunst/Neue Medien Preis der Landeshauptstadt München), curated by Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Dr. Stephan Urbaschek, for "In the Land of Babari-an."
2006 City of Munich prize for Young Art/New Media (Junge Kunst/Neue Medien Preis der Landeshauptstadt München), curated by Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Dr. Stephan Urbaschek, for "In the Land of Babari-an."
2005 Founder of The Upgrade! Munich
2004 - 2005 Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies (where she produced "The Travels of Mariko Horo" and began work on "Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall.")
2003 Japan Foundation Fellowship and Artist in Residence at the Kyoto Art Center
2002 - 2004 Highlights of the Permanent Collection /
2001 Nomination for Rockefeller Foundation New Media Arts Fellowship
1999 Artist-in-Residence at the IAMAS Media Arts Academy, Gifu (where she created "Beyond Manzanar")
1998 WIRED Magazine and Asian American Arts Foundation award for "Beyond Manzanar"
1996 Global Information Infrastructure Next Generation Award for extraordinary achievement on the Internet and information highway for "Starbright World" at Worlds, Inc.
1992 Nomination for the German Video Art Prize from ZKM Karlsruhe
1991 Diploma in Applied Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
1985 Co-holder of patent for "Method for Interconnecting Processors in Hyper-Dimensional Array" for the Connection Machine CM-1, parallel supercomputer at Thinking Machines Corporation.
1983 M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1979 B.S. in General Engineering/Product Design at Stanford University

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Publications & References
Skwarek, Mark. »Augmented Reality Activism.« In Augmented Reality Art: From an Emerging Technology to a Novel Creative Medium, edited by Vladimir Geroimenko, 3-30. Cham: Springer, 2014.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Critical Interventions into Canonical Spaces: Augmented Reality at the 2011 Venice and Istanbul Biennials.« In Augmented Reality Art: From an Emerging Technology to a Novel Creative Medium, edited by Vladimir Geroimenko, 31-60. Cham: Springer, 2014.
Redaktion. »Virtuelle Mauer - ein Kunstprojekt.« ecke köpenicker 0, no. 7 (November 2014): 1.
Obtulowicz, Adam. »Multigraphical Membrane Systems Revisited.« In Conference Proceedings for International Conference on Membrane Computing (CMC 2012), edited by Erzsébet Csuhaj-Varjú, 311-322. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
Lodi, Simona. »Illegal Art and Other Stories.« In Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives, edited by Geert Lovink and Miriam Rash, 250-251. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2013.
Waelder, Pau. »White Cube Augmented: AR Art and the Gallery Space.« etc Magazine (October 2012 - February 2013): 53-57.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Interview, Statement, Artwork.« Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 2 (2013): 210-219.
Rackham, Melinda. »divisible Instanbul.« real time , no. 106 (December 2011/January 2012): 22-23.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Cyber-Animism and Augmented Dreams.« Leonardo Electronic Almanac (April 2011).
Steinberg, Claudia. »Mit Happenings gegen das Establishment.« Kunstzeitung , no. 183 (November 2011): 19.
Thiel, Tamiko. »The Design of the Connection Machine.« In The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments, edited by Richard Buchanan and Dennis Doordan and Victor Margolin, 155-166. Oxford/New York: Berg, 2010.
Thiel, Tamiko and Teresa Reuter. »Rhetorics of the Interactive 3D Installation ‘Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall’.« In Conference Proceedings for International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2010), edited by Ruth Aylett, 129-140. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2010.
Smith, Matthew Wilson. »Liquid Walls: The Digital Art of Tamiko Thiel.« Performing Arts Journal 32, no. 3 (September 2010): 25-34.
Lieser, Wolf. The World of Digital Art. Potsdam: H. F. Ullmann, 2010.
Quiroz Luna, Marcela. »Orientalism, Occidentalism and Other Myths of Origin.« Fahrenheit Contemporary Art Magazine , no. 39 (February 2010): 102-104.
Thiel, Tamiko and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. »Where Stones Can Speak: Dramatic Encounters in Interactive 3D Virtual Reality.« In Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, edited by Pat Harrigan. Cambridge, MA: MIT-Press, 2009.
Steinberg, Claudia. »Tamiko Thiels virtuelle Projekte.« Kunstzeitung , no. 146 (October 2008): 30.
Paul, Christiane. Digital Art. World of Art Series, New York: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 2008.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Life at the Interface of Art and Technology.« On Screen 18, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 32-34.
Smith, Matthew Wilson. The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Hentschläger, Ursula. »Im Land der Barbaren.« artmagazine: Ihre online Kunstzeitung (November 10, 2006).
Thiel, Tamiko. »Beyond Manzanar: Creating Dramatic Structure in Ergodic Narratives.« In Conference Proceedings for Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment (TIDSE 2004), edited by Stefan Göbel, 246-251. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2004.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Machine Sapiens.« Ylem Newsletter 15, no. 6 (November/December 1995): 5-6.
Thiel, Tamiko. »The Design of the Connection Machine.« Design Issues 10, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 5-18.
Thiel, Tamiko. »Machina Cogitans.« In Genetic art - artificial life, edited by Karl Gerbel, 186-194. Wien: PVS-Verlag, 1993.