Land of Cloud (work in progress), 2017
Three days journey beyond Space and Time lies the Land of Cloud. The people there are silent. They communicate not through speech, gesture or gaze, but instead through strange and wondrous "cloud mirrors." These devices keep them in constant contact with their deity, The Cloud, in whose image they are created - their bodies composed of softly billowing clouds. The Land of Cloud is a beautiful garden, but the Cloud People are oblivious to their surroundings. They stare into their devices, motionless, spellbound by whispers from The Cloud. They claim they pray to the same deity, but The Cloud tells each only what they want to hear - stirring statements from leaders of their conflicting sects.
Land of Cloud is a preliminary sketch for an artist residency with Google Tilt Brush in 2017
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body, cultural memory and identity. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer in virtual reality (since 1994, creating an online VR world for seriously Ill children in collaboration with Steven Spielberg) and augmented reality (since 2010, with an intervention into MoMA NY), developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of to create spaces of memory for exploring social and cultural issues. Her early VR work is featured in books such as Whitney curator Christiane Paul's "Digital Art," Stanford professor Matthew Smith's "The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace" and DAM Gallery director Wolf Lieser's book "The World of Digital Art."
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