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Michael Bielicky

Michael Bielicky
Year of birth, place
1954, Prague, Czech Republic
lives and works in
Karlsruhe, Germany
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, Artist of the Collection
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media

Michael Bielicky was born in Prague in 1954. He moved to Germany in 1969. After working as a photographer in the USA, he studied (1984-88) at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, from 1987 as a student of Nam June Paik in his master class, whom he then served as an assistant until 1989. In 1988 he received a study grant from the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 1991 he became one of the founding teaching staff in the department of New Media at the Akademie vytvarnych umení, Prague. Bielicky lives in Prague and Düsseldorf.

Following his photographic work of the early 1980s, Bielicky first turned to video in 1984. One of his latest and more well-known works in this medium is »Vilém Flusser's Flow (Vilém Flussers Fluss)« (1991-94). In the late 1980s, Bielicky developed a form of video sculpture with clear, linear structures. These have incorporated increasingly smaller monitors attached to curved rods so as to establish coordinates of energy in space . Since the mid-1990s Bielicky has pursued a number of projects related to de-materialized coordinates of energy: he uses satellite-controlled Global Positioning System technology to create interactive installations, in which his own movements serve as a representation of the movement of various categories of information through space and time. In his work, Bielicky gives form to the flow of information, at the same time drawing on traditional, often Jewish symbols. Affirming the enduring validity of these, he uses them as metaphors for contemporary experiences in the virtual information networks.

Individual exhibitions (selection)

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

Group exhibitions (selection)

1985 Atelier de Rencontre, ENSAD, Paris
1986 daadgalerie, Berlin
1987 São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo
1988 »3. Marl Video Kunst Preis«, Marl; »Infermental 7«, Tokyo
1989 Galerie Jule Kewenig, Cologne
1991 »My Way Only«, House of the Artist, Moscow
1992 »Moving Image Electronic Art«, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; 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

[Frauke Syamken, 1997]

  • Cover der Publikation »Moving image. Imatges en moviment. Electronic Art«
  • Cover der Publikation »Contemporary Art«
  • Cover der Publikation »Kunst der Gegenwart. Museum für Neue Kunst«
  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
    • Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Future Cinema
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • One aspect of our globalization is the development of a worldwide network of technological standards and production, distribution, and presentation norms necessary in order to recoup, via distribution to the mass global market, vastly increased...

  • Cover der Publikation »Meisterwerke der Medienkunst aus der ZKM-Sammlung«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2«
    • Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels (Eds.)
    • Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2
    • Springer, Wien und New York, 2005
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • http://www.mediaartnet.org

      Current discourses of media art in an international context: a book to accompany the online platform »Media Art Net«. A network of curators and writers explore seminal...

  • Cover der Publikation »You_ser«
    • You_ser
    • 2007
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German
  • Cover der Publikation »You_ser (English)«
  • Cover der Publikation » Notation«
  • Cover der Publikation »Record Again!«
    • Christoph Blase and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Record Again!
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2010
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German and English
    • The present volume is the second part of the restoration project »40yearsvideoart.de«. The goal was to save video material threatened with disappearance and to rescue forgotten material. The project succeeded in retrieving a large number of...

  • Cover der Publikation »The Global Contemporary and the Rise of the New Art Worlds«
    • Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • The Global Contemporary and the Rise of the New Art Worlds
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • The geography of the visual arts changed with the end of the Cold War. Contemporary art was no longer defined, exhibited, interpreted, and acquired according to a blueprint drawn up in New York, London, Paris, or Berlin. The art world distributed...

  • Cover der Publikation »Record Again!«
    • Christoph Blase and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Record Again!
    • 2010
    • CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: German and English
    • The DVD Study Edition »Record > Again! 40yearsvideoart.de — Part 2« presents 60 outstanding video works by 58 artists and artist groups spanning the years between 1968 and 2008, thus continuing work begun by »40yearsvideoart.de - Part 1« in...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 7«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 7
    • 1992
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Ludger Hünnekens und Christian Marquart "Editorial" S. 2
      Dieter Daniels "Der elektronische Horizont. Randbemerkungen zum Video &...
  • Cover der Publikation »New Screen Media«
    • Martin Rieser and Andrea Zapp (Eds.)
    • New Screen Media
    • British Film Institute, London, 2002
    • Anthology, CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: English
    • The advent of new media presents a serious challenge to our understanding of visual representation, of narrative and indeed the whole art of the moving image. New narrative forms in hypertext, multimedia, computer games, interactive broadcast and...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 27«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 26
    • 1997
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Susanne Schuck "Vision 2000. Virtuelle Slotmaschine. Preise beim Internet-Wettbewerb vergeben" S. 2
      Gerd Schwandner "In eigener Sache. Neue...
  • Cover of the publication »Schriftfilme«
    • Bernd Scheffer, Christine Stenzer, Peter Weibel and Soenke Zehle (Eds.)
    • Schriftfilme
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2014
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
    • No other genre sets words in motion the way that film does: whether it is an art film, a dramatic film, advertising, or a music video, the scripted film has been established since the pioneering days of film in the late nineteenth century, and...

  • Cover der Broschüre »Bodenlos. Flusser und die Künste«: Portraitfoto von Viém Flusser
    • Without Firm Ground – Flusser and the Arts
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 2015
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and Englisch
    • With texts bearing programmatic titles, such as lnto the »Universe of Technical Images« and »Towards a Philosophy of Photography«, Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) became one of the most influential thinkers on communication and media in the latter...

  • Cover der Zeitschrift »Kunstforum«: Zwei Personen stehen vor einer Projektion, die Sonnenerruptionen zeigt.
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