Michael Bielicky

24. November 2009 News

Michael Bielicky – Professor für Medienkunst (Digitale Medien) an der Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe.
Michael Bielicky, geboren 1954 in Prag, konfrontiert in seinen Arbeiten traditionelle Medien mit Forschungsansätzen aus dem Bereich der Virtuellen Realtität. Dies dient als seine Basis für die Erforschung der Artikulation eines Verhältnisses von Realität und Simulation, Wahrnehmung und Erfahrung.
1991 gründete er das Institut für Neue Medienkunst an der Akademie der Künste in Prag, wo er von 1995 an als Professor und Institutsleiter eben jenes Instituts tätig war.

Curriculum Vitae

b. 1954, Prague, Czech Republic 1969 after the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia emigrated with his parents to Düsseldorf, Germany. 1975–1978 studied medicine at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. 1978–1979 visited United States for longer periods; traveling across the continent taking photographs. 1980 lived in New York; experimented with photography and worked part-time as a horse-cab driver 1981 returned to Germany and worked as a part-time photographer for the magazine Monochrom (1981–1984). 1984 enrolled at the State Academy of Fine Arts (Staatliche Kunstakademie) in Düsseldorf, Germany, initially studying photography with Bernd Becher but soon changing disciplines to study under the video-art pioneer Nam June Paik; after graduating with excellence (Meisterschüler) in 1988/89, he worked as Paik’s assistant. 1991–2006 returned to Prague and established the School of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU). In addition to his position at AVU he has worked with the Prague Goethe Institute where at the beginning of the 1990s he organized symposia dedicated to the work of the Prague-born philosopher and theoretician of photography, Vilém Flusser, whom he also filmed in an experimental documentary (Flussers Fluss, 1990). Since 1991 an advisor to the Soros Center for Contemporary Art. 1995–96 an advisor in culture and technology at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. 1996 co-founder of the Institute of Unsteable Thoughts in Kiev, Ukraine. 1997 cooperation with the High Tech Center Babelsberg (Potsdam, Germany). 1999–2000 research work at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie – ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) on the development of a prototype for an interactive virtual environment 360°. 1999–2001 development of Virtual Set Project at ZKM Karlsruhe. Since 2002 has worked as advisor for the establishment of the first New Media Department at Chiang Mai University, Northern Thailand. Since 2006 professor at the department of digital media at the University of Arts and Design – HFG / ZKM Karlsruhe

Over the past twentyfive years Michael Bielicky has participated in many international exhibitions, festivals and symposia, presenting projects that experiment with navigation, video-communication, virtual reality and data visualization technologies, often developed in collaboration with ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, High Tech Center Berlin-Babelsberg etc. Exhibited in Centre Pompidou, Paris, MOMA New York, National Gallery Prague, Kunsthaus Zurich, ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz etc.

Media links:



Interview with new media artist Michael Bielicky (Sven Spieker). Recorded on 11/15/09 in Los Angeles.

30 years Ars Electronica: SWR2-Interview with Prof. Michael Bielicky (Reinhard Hübsch). Recorded on 09/03/2009

Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl)

1988 Cité International des Arts, Paris
1991 Monte Video Time Based Art, Amsterdam
1993 Czech Culture Center, Bukarest; Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin.


Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl)

1987 “São Paulo Bienal”, São Paulo
1988 “3. Marl Video Kunst Preis”, Marl; “Infermental 7”, Tokio;
1992 “Moving Image – Electronic Art”, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
1992/95 “Ars Electronica”, Linz
1993 “Village Gaze”, Anthology Film Archives, New York;
1994 “Joseph Beuys”, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;
1995 Museum for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; “Seoul Bienale”, Seoul;
1996 “The Butterfly Effect”, Mücsarnok, Budapest; “Mixed Pixels”, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf;
1997 ZKM Eröffungsaustellung “Museum für Neue Kunst”, Karlsruhe;
1999-2000 Produktion von \@, ZKM Karlsruhe;
2002 Laterna Magika, Paris, Espace Electrca and web;
2003 Paesaggi del Desideri, Gallery for Contemporary Arts, Studio Lattuada, Milan, I.