18:00 Michael Bielicky – Introduction
Michael Bielicky (* 1954 Prague, Czechoslovakia) 1969 emigration to West Germany, 1975-1979 studies in medicine, 1980-1982 New York, photographer and horse cab driver, 1984-1989 Master of Arts under Nam-June Paik at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, 1989-1990 assistant to Nam-June Paik, 1991-2006 return to Prague, founder and professor of the New Media Art department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, from 2006 professor of Digital Media Art department at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe / ZKM.
Over the last twenty-five years Michael Bielicky has participated in numerous international exhibitions, festivals and symposia using communication, navigation, video and VR technologies. In recent years he has made performances using real time web-based information technologies in public spaces, often developed in collaboration with ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, High Tech Center Berlin-Babelsberg etc. Bielicky has exhibited his work in Centre Pompidou, Paris, MOMA New York, National Gallery Prague, Kunsthaus Zurich, ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz etc.