Tamiko Thiel

Tamiko Thiel (www.mission-base.com/tamiko/) is a media artist developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of various forms of virtual and augmented reality as a medium for exploring social and cultural issues. She has degrees in engineering from Stanford and MIT and a fine arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She exhibits internationally in venues such as the International Center for Photography in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and at festivals such as Siggraph, ISEA and Ars Electronica. As a founding member of the augmented reality artist group Manifest.AR she participated in the path-breaking guerrilla augmented reality intervention at MoMA NY in 2010, and led the AR guerrilla intervention at the Venice Biennial in 2011. Her work has been supported by grants from WIRED Magazine, the Japan Foundation, the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Berlin Capital City Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds) and the IBM Innovation Award.

Artist Statement

Images of contemporary artists whose works have been censored are anonymized as gold silhouettes and hover in the Kasa Gallery, surrounded by terms of transgression used to justify censorship.