AR Artist, Google Tilt Brush
Tamiko Thiel is an internationally acknowledged pioneer in creating poetic spaces of memory for exploring social and cultural issues in both virtual reality art (VR, since 1994) and augmented reality art (AR, since 2010). A founding member of the artist group Manifest.AR, she participated in their path-breaking guerrilla AR intervention at MoMA NY in 2010, and was main curator and organizer of their uninvited intervention into the Venice Biennial in 2011. Her works have been shown in invitational shows at Art Basel, Istanbul Biennale, ZKM, Centre Pompidou, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, ICA London, ICA Boston, and art fairs such as Art Gwangju, Contemporary Istanbul, UNPAINTED Munich and Moving Image New York.
Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), McDowell Colony, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), IBM Innovation Award for Art and Technology, WIRED Magazine, Japan Foundation Fellowship and Berlin Capital City Fund. As AR artistic advisor to the CCCADI, she helped secure a Rockefeller Cultural Innovation award for the “Mi Querido Barrio” AR project in East Harlem.
Thiel has a BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford U., an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Diploma (MA equivalent) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She has had guest professorships at Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Bauhaus U./Weimar, Berlin U. of Arts and Nanyang Technical U. Singapore and lectured on her work at many other universities including the MIT Media Lab and Harvard. In the mid 1980s she was responsible for the visual and physical form of Danny Hillis’ Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2, one of which is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). In 2017 she is an Eyebeam New York Art+Technology Center Mentor and GoogleVR Tilt Brush Artist in Residence.