Mit SS 2018 wird Prof. Tamiko Thiel bei Interface Cultures als Gastprofessorin das Lehrteam verstärken.
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.