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Lend Me Your Face! – Tamiko Thiel /p

Tamiko Thiel/p, who is based in Munich, has for 30+ years created media artworks exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity in political and socially critical artworks. She was also the Lead product designer for Connection Machine CM1/CM2 A.I. supercomputer (1989) which was the world’s fastest computer. Her first virtual reality work was created 1994-1996 as Starbright World producer & creative director in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. She has a long engagement with art and technology and is considered an early pioneer in this area.

For Synthetic Corpo-Reality, Ms.Thiel/p created a deepfake AI called Lend Me Your Face. In the AI installation artists Tamiko Thiel/p rendered deepfake videos from single photos of participants. The visitors’ faces were mapped to videos of prominent public figures and then displayed on a variety of video screens. The visitor is confronted with a very personal encounter of how the most intimate and yet public part of the self, the face and the emotions it expresses, can easily be manipulated and placed in contexts out of their control.

The exhibition Synthetic Corpo-Reality

 


 

 

Tamiko Thiel biography’s

Winner of SAT Montreal’s 2018 Visionary Pioneer Award for 30+ years of media artworks exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity in political and socially critical artworks. Lead product designer for Connection Machine CM1/CM2 A.I. supercomputer, in 1989 world’s fastest computer and now in MoMA NY. First virtual reality work 1994-1996 as Starbright World producer & creative director in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. VR art installation Beyond Manzanar (2000) in collection of San Jose Museum of Art; Land of Cloud (2017), created as GoogleVR artist in residence won 2018 VRHAM VR Festival Hamburg Audience Award. First augmented reality artwork ARt Critic Face Matrix was part of 2010 path-breaking AR intervention into MoMA NY, then organized 2011 AR intervention into Venice Biennial with Shades of Absence. AR commissions since then include Unexpected Growth for Whitney Museum NY, where it is now in the permanent collection. Most recent work: Lend Me Your Face! participatory deepfake artificial intelligence installation just premiered in the Künstlerverbund exhibit Götzendämmerung in Haus der Kunst, Munich.

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