Tamiko Thiel is an internationally known visual artist and acknowledged pioneer in creating poetic spaces of memory for exploring social and cultural issues in both VR art (virtual reality, beginning in 1994 with a collaboration with Steven Spielberg) and AR art (augmented reality). A founding member of the artist group Manifest.AR, she participated in their path-breaking guerrilla AR intervention at MoMA NY in 2010, and was main curator and organizer of their uninvited intervention into the Venice Biennial in 2011. She is currently AR artistic advisor for the CCCADI project “Mi Querido Barrio” in East Harlem, for which she helped win a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Award. Her VR and AR works are featured in reference books such as Whitney curator Christiane Paul's "Digital Art" and Stanford professor Matthew Smith's "The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace." Her art practice covers a wide range of interests in society, culture and technology. She often deals with crossing boundaries, drawing extensively on her own cross cultural experiences as an American of mixed German and Japanese descent living between Japan, the US and Germany. Images of the garden as a lost paradise haunt many of her works, with issues of global warming and climate change increasingly becoming a concern. In the early 1980s she was responsible for the visual form of Danny Hillis' Connection Machine CM-1 supercomputer, a massive black cube of cubes filled with shifting red lights that was in 1989 the fastest computer on earth, and her current project takes this machine as a point of departure to investigate the development of artificial intelligence over the last 30 years.