Tamiko Thiel is an internationally acknowledged pioneer in the creation of poetic spaces of memory for exploring social and cultural issues in computer based media. Her first artwork was the visual form for Danny Hillis' “Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2,” the first commercial artificial intelligence supercomputer and in 1989 the fastest computer in the world. A CM-2 is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She began working with virtual reality in 1994 as creative director/producer of “Starbright World,” an online virtual playspace for seriously ill children (with Steven Spielberg, Starbright Foundation chairman). Her virtual reality large screen interactive projection "Beyond Manzanar" (2000, with Zara Houshmand) is in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Art in Silicon Valley, and further VR projections were created with grants from the Japan Foundation, MIT, the City of Berlin and the IBM Innovation Award. She is now working with current VR technology as a GoogleVR Tilt Brush Artist in Residence. A founding member of augmented reality artist group Manifest.AR, she participated in their path-breaking guerrilla AR intervention at MoMA NY in 2010, and was main curator/organizer of their intervention at the 2011 Venice Biennial. This led to official participation in the Istanbul Biennale and many other commissions for museums and festivals worldwide. She has been visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University, UC San Diego, Bauhaus University Weimar, Berlin University of Arts and the Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
Prof. Masaki Fujihata is a trailblazing media artist, renowned in Japan as well as abroad. His computergraphics work is celebrated since the 1980ies. He shifted his interest to creating 3D sculptures fromdata using 3D printing technologies in the mid 1980ies, as f.e. in his CNC-routed Geometric Love (1987)and the stereolithographic Forbidden Fruits (1989). In the mid 90ies Fujihata produced canonicalinteractive pieces such as Beyond Pages (1995-1997) and Global Interior Project (1995). His workdiscusses everything from how we interact with interfaces to the ways we might communicate in virtualspace. He also was one of the first artists to work with GPS technology and data aesthetics and is a keyfigure in the Cinema of the Future and VR/AR art and technology movement.
Prof. Masaki Fujihata’s teaching experience spans over 25 years. It includes positions as Professor andDirector of the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Art, a GuestProfessor position at the College of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, aProfessor position at the Faculty of Environmental Information at Keio University in Tokyo, as well as aGuest Professor position at Université Paris 8 in France.
Masaki Fujihata won the 1996 Golden Nica Award as well as the Award of Distinction in 2013 at the PrixArs Electronica. His 40 years of art experience has recently been published in the Masaki FujihataAnarchive 6 book series produced by Anne-Marie Duguet. This edition includes monographs by mediaart pioneers such as Antoni Muntadas, Michael Snow, Thierry Kuntzel, Jeffrey Shaw and Fujiko Nakaya.
Dr. Victoria Vesna is an Artsist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media and Arzs and is Director of the UClA Art|Sci center. With her performative/ineractive installtions she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity dhift in relation to scientific innovation. Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nanoscientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists. Victoria has exhibited her work in 20+ solo exhibitions, 70+ group shows, has been published in 20+ papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last dacade.
The UCLA Art|Sci Center is a bilateral exchange partner of the Interface CUltures Department.