Tamiko Thiel

Tamiko Thiel München: "Totem of Heavenly Wishdom" Video/Installation

Banyan Presentations and Workshops:

23-01-04 Fifo Festival Tahiti

24-02-04 Oceania Center USP Suva Fiji

09-03-04 Pondok Pekak Library Ubud Bali Indonesia

22-3-04 MAF Bangkok 2004

07-9-04 Künstlerhaus Bethanien

23-10-04 Galerie Wohlfahrt Rotterdam

29-10-04 Haferkamp Münster

30-10-04 Deux Machine Festival München

01-11-04 Kunstkammer Stuttgart

25-02-05 MAF Bangkok

27-02-05 Rajata Arthouse
Bangkok Thailand

26-03-05 Janghu Festival Kunming

18-11-05 HKW Berlin

16-12-05 Boulev´Art Cotonou Benin

23-01-06 Arthaus Accra

19-05-06 Galerie Rachel Haferkamp Köln

17-10-06 University of Forestry Ha Tay Vietnam

20-10-06 Goetheinstitut Hanoi

22-04-07 Wat Opot Takeo, Cambodia

11-10-07 Integrated School for the Disabled, Varanasi, India


AKADEMIE der BILDENDEN KÜNSTE (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. Jörg Immendorff.
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 design.


Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Fellowship, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA.

JAPAN FOUNDATION Fellowship. KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto, Japan. Artist in Residence.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California purchases an edition of the "Beyond Manzanar" virtual reality installation.

Nominated for ROCKERFELLER FOUNDATION New Media Arts Fellowship. KULTURREFERAT MÜNCHEN, 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.


CENTER FOR ADVANCED VISUAL STUDIES (CAVS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
"Highlights of the Permanent Collection," SAN JOSE MUSEUM of ART, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California. Ongoing exhibition of the Beyond Manzanar virtual reality installation (until September 2004.)
"Only Skin Deep," SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, Seattle, WA USA.

Kyoto Biennale, KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto, Japan.
FILE-2003, Electronic Language International Festival, PA«O 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. Ongoing exhibition of the Beyond Manzanar virtual reality installation.

Geometries 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.
"Highlights of the Permanent Collection", SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART, San Jose, CA, USA.
5th Media Arts Festival, TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHY, Tokyo, Japan.
Beyond Manzanar solo exhibition, CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON COMPUTERS IN THE ARTS (CRCA), University of California/San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
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 New Media, Amsterdam, Holland.
"Beyond Manzanar" solo exhibition, LOTHRINGERSTRASSE 13 / LADEN, Munich, Germany.
INTERACTION `01, 4th Biennale: World Forum for Media and Culture, Ogaki City, GIFU, Japan.
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.


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
BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITY, 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.

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 Arts.


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.


Reader: Lab3D and Web3D Art, Kathy Rae Huffman and Melinda Rackham, editors. CORNERHOUSE, Manchester, England, June 2003.
"Beyond Manzanar" (with Zara Houshmand), [Two] Factorial, !Factorial Press, San Diego, CA, 2003
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 Proceedings , 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.


"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 K¸nste, Munich, Germany

"NextArt: Provocations" Panel Discussion, FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL, Maitland, Florida, USA.
"Lehrkonzept f¸r Szenografie mit Neuen Medien," Hochschule f¸r Film und Fernsehen, Babelsberg, Germany.

"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, NY, USA.
"World-building in VRML," Univ. of CA at Irvine, Irvine, 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.