Tamiko Thiel began her working life as a product design engineer, but quickly realized that if she became an artist everything she experienced in life could flow into her artistic research process. She now calls herself a visual artist and uses her artworks to do poetic explorations of the social and cultural issues that interest her.
Her artworks have been supported by awards from organizations such as MacDowell Colony, MIT, WIRED Magazine, Japan Foundation, IBM Innovation Award, Goethe-Institut and Zero1 Biennial, and presented by venues such as the ICP/NY, DUMBO, ICA Boston, the Corcoran/Wa.D.C., ZKM/Karlsruhe, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Art Gwanju, Fondazione Querini Stampalia/Venice, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH and ISEA.
She is Visiting Artist at Duke University, and augmented reality artistic advisor for the CCCADI project Mi Querido Barrio in East Harlem/NY, for which she helped win a Rockefeller Foundation grant.
A founding member of the artist group Manifest.AR, she participated in the pathbreaking uninvited augmented reality intervention We AR in MoMA at MoMA NY in 2010, and was main curator and organizer of the AR intervention at the Venice Biennial in 2011, which lead to official participation in the 2011 Istanbul Biennale.