Internationally exhibited new media artist Tamiko Thiel is interested in developing the dramatic and narrative capabilities of interactive 3D virtual reality as a medium for addressing social and cultural issues. She lectures internationally on the creation of meaning in art and of dramatic experience in time-based and interactive media. She is developing a theory of dramatic structure for virtual reality that merges concepts of structured experience from music theory, drama and urban planning together with the possibilities for user engagement and immersion provided by first-person interactivity.
Thiel visited the MFAEDA Warehouse on October 3rd for an artist talk and reception. Photos from the event can be found on Facebook. This lecture was presented as part of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Visiting Artist Series, in collaboration with Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS) , Art, Art History and Visual Studies (AAHVS), the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), and the Program of the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).
Thiel has taught and lectured internationally at such institutions as Carnegie Mellon University; the MIT Media Lab; the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany; the University of California/San Diego; the USC School of Cinema-Television; and the School of Film and Television in Babelsberg, Germany. A founding member of the cyberartist group Manifest.AR, she participated in the path-breaking augmented reality exhibit “We AR in MoMA,” an uninvited guerilla takeover of MoMA New York. Her recent projects include interventions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the 54th International Venice Biennial, Italy.