Tamiko Thiel
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Works in Seattle, Washington United States of America

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BIO
Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural memory. She is an internationally acknowledged pioneer in developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of virtual and augmented realities to create spaces of memory for exploring social and cultural issues. Her virtual and augmented installations seek to reify the invisible webs of meaning that bind place and memory together to create what we call “culture,” while actively engaging the viewer's kinesthetic body sense to meld this virtual imagery with the physical experience of a space or a site to create a new form of reality.

She has a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich/Germany. She has taught and lectured at institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, the MIT Media Lab, Harvard University, the Bauhaus-University in Weimar/Germany, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, the Berlin University of the Arts and Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

She exhibits internationally in venues such as the Istanbul Biennial, the International Center for Photography/New York, the ICA Boston, the ZKM in Karlsruhe/Germany and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Her art commissions include institutions such as the Zero1 Biennial in Silicon Valley, the Foundation for Art and Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, the Goethe-Institut and the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park.

As a founding member of the augmented reality artist group Manifest.AR she participated in the pathbreaking uninvited intervention “We AR in MoMA” at MoMA NY in 2010, and was the main curator and organizer of their intervention into the Venice Biennial in 2011.

Her grants and fellowships include the MacDowell Colony, the Grand Prize of the IBM Innovation Award for Art and Technology, WIRED Magazine, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies, the Japan Foundation, Arts Council England and the Berlin Capital City Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds). She was Visiting Artist in the Duke University MFA program in Experimental and Documentary Arts, and Augmented Reality Artistic Advisor for the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) project “Mi Querido Barrio” in East Harlem/New York, for which she helped bring in a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.
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DISCUSSION

REMINDER: Beyond Manzanar exhibit and artist's talk this week


Come by and see Beyond Manzanar on the "immersive" big screen, it's a
different experience from seeing it on a smaller one! The artist's talk
and reception is this Wednesday evening. - Tamiko

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The MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) presents:

BEYOND MANZANAR

An American internment camp: Between fears and realities.
A 3D interactive virtual reality art installation
by Tamiko Thiel & Zara Houshmand (2000)

Exhibition dates:
April 26

DISCUSSION

MIT's CAVS presents: Beyond Manzanar VR installation


The MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) presents:

BEYOND MANZANAR

An American internment camp: Between fears and realities.
A 3D interactive virtual reality art installation
by Tamiko Thiel & Zara Houshmand (2000)

Exhibition dates:
April 26

DISCUSSION

so what does it take?


Hi Rachel -

So what does it take to get an event in the Rhizome digest?

I sent a notice, included below for your reference, to list@rhizome.org
as per the instructions at the bottom of each digest. It never appeared
in Rhizome, which puzzles me because I expected it to be of interest to
the Rhizome readership for its political, topical and new media content.

What was the reason for rejecting it? Are only specific people allowed
to submit event notices?

The event was last week so the notice is no longer relevant, but I would
like to know what it takes to get a notice into Rhizome for future
reference. Friends of mine have also told me that they have submitted
notices of new media art events which were never included in the digest
either.

- tamiko thiel

Copy:

To celebrate the acquisition of the Beyond Manzanar virtual reality
installation by the San Jose Museum of Art I am pleased to announce a
panel discussion dealing with infringements of civil rights during the
Japanese American Internment in WW2, the Iranian Hostage Crisis in
1979-'80 and the post 9-11 crisis.

Yours, Tamiko Thiel

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San Jose Museum of Art and ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network
invite you to a Special Sunday Afternoon Discussion.

BEYOND MANZANAR

Sunday, November 3, 2002 at 3 p.m.
San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, California, USA

Admission: FREE
R.S.V.P. email to michela@groundzero.org
Light refreshments will be served
Special thanks to Tengu Shushi

The virtual reality artwork "Beyond Manzanar" has recently been acquired
by the San Jose Museum of Art. This presentation celebrates the Museum
opening of installation and with the panelists and artists
-- Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand -- explores historical and legal
raised by the artwork.

This art piece dramatically casts guests in the unwitting roles of
internees inside the Manzanar, California Internment Camp and juxtaposes
this experience against the subsequent mistreatment of Iranian-Americans
during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-80. More information at:
http://mission.base.com/manzanar/

Now, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, a similar situation exists. The afternoon's presentation will
explore the issues and corollaries of all three situations.

The museum sopen at 11:00 - visitors may experience the "Beyond
Manzanar" installation before the presentation. (The piece will be on
exhibit for around 6 months. Entry to the museum is free at all times.)

PRESENTERS/PANELISTS:

Tamiko Thiel, Japanese American new media artist and engineer
interested in investigating new forms of narrative structure and in
developing socially and culturally meaningful uses of virtual reality.

Zara Houshmand, Iranian American writer, theater director, and
multimedia artist whose work focuses on cross-cultural issues. She was
involved in pioneering the development of virtual reality on the
Internet.

Dave Tatsuno, interned at the Topaz camp in Utah during World War II,
will show scenes from his haunting movie of the camp, "Topaz", which
forms part of the National Registry of films.

Richard Konda, an attorney with The Asian Law Alliance and an active
participant in the Japanese-American redress movement.

Shahin Tabrizi, financial consultant specializing in mergers and
acquisitions; Founder, Treasurer and past President of the Persian
Center.

Moderator:
Susan Hayase, software engineer, a leader in the campaign
to obtain redress for former camp internees.

Co-sponsored by:
The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
Persian Center
San Jose Japanese American Citizens League
YAD2M Creative

Web info at: http://www.yad2m.com/bus/02/manzanar/
pdf copy at:
http://mission.base.com/manzanar/press/sjma-zeroOne_event.pdf

DISCUSSION

Beyond Manzanar, 3pm Nov.3 / San Jose Museum of Art


To celebrate the acquisition of the Beyond Manzanar virtual reality
installation by the San Jose Museum of Art I am pleased to announce a
panel discussion dealing with infringements of civil rights during the
Japanese American Internment in WW2, the Iranian Hostage Crisis in
1979-'80 and the post 9-11 crisis.

Yours, Tamiko Thiel

---------------------------------------------------------------------

San Jose Museum of Art and ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network
invite you to a Special Sunday Afternoon Discussion.

BEYOND MANZANAR

Sunday, November 3, 2002 at 3 p.m.
San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, California, USA

Admission: FREE
R.S.V.P. email to michela@groundzero.org
Light refreshments will be served
Special thanks to Tengu Shushi

The virtual reality artwork "Beyond Manzanar" has recently been acquired
by the San Jose Museum of Art. This presentation celebrates the Museum
opening of installation and with the panelists and artists
-- Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand -- explores historical and legal
raised by the artwork.

This art piece dramatically casts guests in the unwitting roles of
internees inside the Manzanar, California Internment Camp and juxtaposes
this experience against the subsequent mistreatment of Iranian-Americans
during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-80. More information at:
http://mission.base.com/manzanar/

Now, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, a similar situation exists. The afternoon's presentation will
explore the issues and corollaries of all three situations.

The museum sopen at 11:00 - visitors may experience the "Beyond
Manzanar" installation before the presentation. (The piece will be on
exhibit for around 6 months. Entry to the museum is free at all times.)

PRESENTERS/PANELISTS:

Tamiko Thiel, Japanese American new media artist and engineer
interested in investigating new forms of narrative structure and in
developing socially and culturally meaningful uses of virtual reality.

Zara Houshmand, Iranian American writer, theater director, and
multimedia artist whose work focuses on cross-cultural issues. She was
involved in pioneering the development of virtual reality on the
Internet.

Dave Tatsuno, interned at the Topaz camp in Utah during World War II,
will show scenes from his haunting movie of the camp, "Topaz", which
forms part of the National Registry of films.

Richard Konda, an attorney with The Asian Law Alliance and an active
participant in the Japanese-American redress movement.

Shahin Tabrizi, financial consultant specializing in mergers and
acquisitions; Founder, Treasurer and past President of the Persian
Center.

Moderator:
Susan Hayase, software engineer, a leader in the campaign
to obtain redress for former camp internees.

Co-sponsored by:
The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
Persian Center
San Jose Japanese American Citizens League
YAD2M Creative

Web info at: http://www.yad2m.com/bus/02/manzanar/
pdf copy at:
http://mission.base.com/manzanar/press/sjma-zeroOne_event.pdf