Tamiko Thiel (2011)

Jasmine Rain (birdcage) and ARt Critic Face Matrix Reloaded

(Melbourne Only)

About Jasmine Rain (birdcage)

The viewer stands in a large, open space, enclosed in a golden birdcage while a soft rain of jasmine flowers falls all around. The confinement of the cage contrasts with the expansiveness of the space; the rain of jasmine asks why.

Depending on where you stand, you may be inside or outside the cage.

Editions of “Jasmine Rain (birdcage)” are on permanent display at the ICA Boston, MoMA New York, Tahrir Square in Cairo, and Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

About ARt Critic Face Matrix Reloaded

“You call this ARt!?!?”

Varying from skepticism to outrage, a matrix of faces hovers in the air.

“ARt Critic Face Matrix Reloaded” premiered on April 22, 2011, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. It is an animated version of the original “Art Critic Face Matrix” that was part of the pathbreaking “We AR in MoMA” guerilla AR intervention in MoMA New York in 2010, where it is now on permanent exhibit.

About The Artist

Tamiko Thiel 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 shows internationally at venues such as the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and London, and at media art festivals such as Siggraph and ISEA. Her work has been supported by grants from institutions like WIRED Magazine, the Japan Foundation, the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Berlin Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the IBM Innovation Award.

Artist’s Website: www.mission-base.com/tamiko

Other (Un)seen Sculptures By This Artist

Water Lily Invasion

Sea of Tweets (with Mark Skwarek, John Craig Freeman & Naoko Tosa)