ManifestAR @ ZERO1 Biennial 2012: Artists Biographies

Tamiko Thiel is an artist developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of virtual and augmented reality as a media for exploring social and cultural issues in site-specific artworks. She has degrees in engineering design from Stanford and MIT and in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She exhibits internationally in venues such as the Istanbul Biennial, the International Center for Photography in New York, the ICA London Media Centre, the ICA Boston, the ZKM Karlsruhe and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and at festivals such as Siggraph, ISEA and Ars Electronica. A founding member of the augmented reality artist group ManifestAR, she participated in the pathbreaking guerrilla augmented reality intervention at MoMA NY in 2010, and was the main curator and organizer of the AR 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 and the IBM Innovation Award. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Flash Art, Kunstzeitung, Kunstforum, WIRED Magazine and Leonardo. It has been cited in reference books such as Christiane Paul’s Thames and Hudson “Digital Art,” Wolf Lieser’s “The World of Digital Art” and Matthew Smith’s “The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace.” Currently she is Visiting Professor for Technologies of Nonlinear Dramaturgies at the Berlin University of the Arts, Institute for Time-Based Media.

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. He has produced work and exhibited around the world including in Venice, Istanbul, Xi’an, Belfast, Los Angeles, Beijing, Zurich, New York City, Taipei, São Paulo, Warsaw, Kaliningrad, Miami, Bilbao, Havana, Atlanta, Calgary, Buffalo, Boston, Mexico City, London and San Francisco. In 1992 he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had work commissioned by both Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper’s and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman’s work in her book Digital Art, Second Addition, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston.

Mark Skwarek is a new media artist working to bridge the gap between virtual reality and the real world by using augmented reality technology. He is one of the founding members of the artist augmented reality group manifestAR. Skwarek earned his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital Media Department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at New York University Polytech, where he is also a researcher in residence. Reviews of his artwork have appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, the Boston Globe, and Leonardo. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.

Will Pappenheimer is an artist and professor at Pace University, New York and a founding member of the ManifestAR collective. Individually and as part of ManifestAR he has exhibited in solo shows at the ICA in Boston, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, the DUMBO Arts Festival, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA, Pace University and Pocket Utopia Gallery in New York, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, MI, His work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Exit Art, Florence Lynch, Postmasters, Vertexlist in NY, San Jose Museum of Art in ISEA 06/ZeroOne, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland for ISEA 09, FILE 2005 at the SESI Art Gallery, Sao Paulo and Xi’an Academy of Art Gallery in China. His grants include an NEA Artist Fellowship, Traveling Scholars Award from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Turbulence.org, Rhizome,org at the New Museum, the Lights on Tampa biennial and recently the ArtSense Commission from FACT with ManifestAR. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, New York Times, WIRED, the Boston Globe, EL PAIS, Madrid, Liberation, Paris, Art US, Magazine Électronique du CIAC, Montreal, MSNBC.com and ZedTV, Canadian Broadcasting and is discussed in Christiane Paulʼs recent historical edition of “Digital Art” and a chapter of Gregory Ulmerʼs theoretical book “Electronic Monuments.” He has presented his work recently at the Eyebeam Atelier, the New Museum, the ITP Graduate Program, NYU and CAA in New York, empyre online, Australia and ETH Institute, Zurich, Switzerland.

Sander Veenhof, a Dutch new media artist, studied computer science at the VU university in Amsterdam and graduated at the Instable Media department of the Rietveld Art Academy. He works at the cross section of these domains, using his technical knowledge and intuition to explore the impact of emerging technologies on our radically changing reality and society of today. In search of new formats unique to our semi-digital world, his projects range from technically driven concept art to geo-based participative storytelling experiences. His recent works foremostly exist in the augmented public space worldwide, accessible through a smartphone. To Veenhof, AR provides a perfect environment to work on projects in which virtual elements and physical components truly integrate and mutually empower each other, leading to a result that could not be possible otherwise.

Geoffrey Alan Rhodes is a filmmaker and installation artist working in Chicago. His work seeks to open up new ground for cinema, challenging barriers between the real and the imaginary, documentary and narrative, the actual and the fictional. His current art gallery work plays with the boundaries between photo, film, and installation, and has been exhibited recently at the International Society for Electronic Arts, the European Media Arts Festival, Media Art Friesland, the Moscow International Film Festival, and the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York among others. He has received multiple grants from the Princess Grace Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, and others. He is currently a member of the faculty of Visual Communication Design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lily & Honglei (Xiying Yang, Honglei Li) work as a new media artist team, based in both Beijng and New York. Their projects utilize traditional painting techniques and digital imaging technologies including animation, virtual reality and augmented reality, to construct an in-between space reflecting Chinese cultural heritages and current social issues in the context of Global Era.

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