Born in 1954 in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

Multimedia art

Professor of Media Art / Digital Media/ InfoArt – Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Karlsruhe

Journey :

“I was by mistake born in 1954 in Prague because Hitler by mistake didn’t succeeded to kill my parents. In 1969 my family had by mistake to emigrate to West Germany. By mistake I started to study medicine, but I have quit the University and became by mistake photographer and hors cab driver in New York City. Later I was accepted by mistake at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf where by mistake I met Joseph Beuys and Nam June-Paik. I decided by mistake to study with Nam June-Paik, than I became by mistake his assistant. After the communism by mistake collapsed , I was by mistake appointed as a founding professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague to build up first Czech New Media Art department. Since twenty years by mistake I am creating projects dealing with new technologies, like video, internet, virtual reality, military technologies and and and. By mistake I am pretty happy being.”

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.


Exhibition :

-Morphing , The Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland
-GLOBALE, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

-700IS Reindeerland screening, Slaughterhouse, Egilsstadir, Iceland
-Über das Morgen Qudriennale Dusseldorf, IMAI, Germany

-4th Projection-Biennale Bad Rothenfelde, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany
-Garden of Error and Decay, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
-WAGNER Extase, Telegrafenamt, Vienna, Austria
-Garden of Error and Decay, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
-Why don’t We, Czech Centre, Berlin, Germany

-Zeit(lose) Zeichen (Time(less) Signs), Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
-Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
-Plakartive Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
-11th Havana Biennial – La Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba

-Biennale Moscow, Moscow, Russia
-Global Contemporary, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Declining Democracy, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
-Tracing Home, SIGGRAPH, Vancouver, Canada
-Windows upon Oceans, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
-Garden of Error and Decay, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin, Germany

-DIDF CINMAI, International Interactive Design Forum & International Contemporary New Media Art, Wuhan, China
-IV. Semana de Teatro Alemán en La Habana, Havana, Cuba
-Esse, Nosse, Posse: Common Wealth for Common People, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
-RECORD > AGAIN! – – Teil 2, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany
-Gangnam Media Pole, Seoul, Korea

-Collider: Interactivity and New Media, Akron, Ohio, USA
-Light Up the Night at the Complex, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
-RECORD > AGAIN! – – Teil 2, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
-20 Jahre ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Gemeinsam in Bewegung – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland und China, Wuhan Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
-RECORD > AGAIN! – – Teil 2, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
-RECORD > AGAIN! – – Teil 2, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Kamuna, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Incheon International Digital Art Festival, Incheon, Korea
-Windows upon Oceans, Strasbourg, France YOU-ser 2, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Falling Times, Czech Center New York, USA
-Uncharted: User Frames in Media Arts, Santralistanbul museum, İstanbul, Turkey
-Notation, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

-Welcome to Capitalism!, DOX – Centre for contemporary art, Prague, Czech Republic
-Mostra SESC de Arte, São Paulo, Brasil Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Spain
-Urban Screens, Melbourne, Australia
-VII. Festival tschechischer Kunst und Kultur, Berlin, Germany

-YOU-ser, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Projections in the Streets, Chiang Mai, Thailand
-Interferencia, Barcelona, Spain
-Sibiu – The Cultural Capital, Romania
-VI. Festival tschechischer Kunst und Kultur, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Germany


-Falling Life, public video wall, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany
-Falling Life, mobile projections in the streets of Berlin for the Prag-Berlin-Festival, Berlin, Germany
-Landscapes of Desire, Projections in the Quaerry, Fertörakosz, Hungary
-Falling Life, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania Falling Life, New Media Arts Festival, Bangkok, Thailand


-This Year in Jerusalem, telematic installation at the Jewish Museum in Prague – Robert Guttmann Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
-Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
-Projections in the streets of Linz as an unofficial contribution to the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria (together with Kamila B. Richter).

-Falling Life, mobile projections in the streets of Berlin for the Prag-Berlin-Festival, Berlin, Germany
-Die Lange Nacht, projections on architecture, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany


-Masterpieces of Media Art, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
-Totally Hidden Books, America House, Berlin, Germany
-E.U. Positive, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
-Reise/Fuhrer, Galerie im Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin, Germany
-Falling Stars, outdoor video projection (facade of the Volksbuhne Thearter, Rosa- Luxemburg-Platz), Berlin, Germany

-Baustelle Europa, MAK – Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria Brooklyn Euphoria, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
-European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany


-Paesaggio di desiderio, Galleria Lattuada Studio, Milano, Italy
-Ejhle svetlo, Moravská galerie, Brno, Czech Republic
-Path of Europe, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessalonica, Greece Public Video Wall, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


-Paik, Museum Kulturforum, Dusseldorf, Gemany
-EXHIBITION, Lanterna Magika. Nouvelles technologies dans l’art tch_que du XXe siecle, Espace EDF Electra, Paris, France
-Crossings-Walter Benjamin,,Les Chemins de l’Europe, Apollonia / Centre Européen d’Aide aux Créations Artistiques, Strasbourg, France
-POLITIK-UM / New Engagement, Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic


-Installation Licht, Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany Menorah, Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany


-Room with a View, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria and ISEA, Paris, France Der Name / The Name, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic Crossings. Presence in Absence, Walter Benjamin International Conference, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

-Room with a View, a permanent installation of a 360° interactive dome (in association with ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany), Autostadt Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
-Konec sveta? / The End of the World?, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

-Delvaux’s Dream, an interactive painting, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany


-Internet Performance Prague – New York City (with Frank London) 1997
-Terminal Bar Project in x-space, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria Menorah-Inventur, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany


-Butterfly Effect, Mucsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
-Mixed Pixels, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
-ISEA, Rotterdam, Netherlands
-Jitro kouzelníku / Dawn of the Magicians?, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
-Bridge the Gap, Rialto, Amsterdam, Netherlands
-Internet Performance, Terminal Bar, Prague, Czech Republic and The Kitchen, New York, USA


-LAB5. International exhibition of film, photography, video, and computer art, Center for Contemporary Art – Castle Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland
-Mythos Information. EXODUS, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
-Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, South Korea

-Goethe Institute, Naples, Italy
-OSTranenie – International Forum for Electronic Media, Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany Galerie Wunschik, Dusseldorf, Germany


-Joseph Beuys, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
-Intelligente Ambiente, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
-Príroda v pohybu. Video ‘94 / Nature in Motion, Video ’94, Mánes Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
-Europäischer Medienkunst Festival, Osnabruck, Germany


-Schirm-Herrschaft, Museum Heidenheim, Heidenheim, Germany Czech Cultural Center, Bucharest, Romania (solo project)

-Na ja, gut, aber trotzdem, Saint-Gervais, Geneve, Switzerland Roter Salon, Volksbuhne, Berlin, Germany (solo project) Czech Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany (solo project) Village Gaze, Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA OSTranenie, Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany


-International Painting Interactive, SIGGRAPH, Chicago, USA
-Videonale 5, Bonn, Germany
-Moving Image – Electronic Art, Foundation Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain Die Welt von Innen – Endo & Nano, Ars –Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria Committed Visions, MoMA, New York, USA
-International Videofest, Berlin, Germany


-My Way Only, House of the Artist, Moscow, Russia
-Images of the Future, Cité des Arts Nouvelles Téchnologies, Montreal, Canada Multimediale, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
-Artware Special, Dortmund, Germany
-Montevideo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo project)
-Transitions, Korean National Museum, Seoul, South Korea


-Discover European Video, Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA Videonale 4, Bonn, Germany
-Kunstminen, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany East Meets West, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

-Artware, Hannover, Germany


-Australia International JVC Video Festival, Sydney, Australia Man and Technology, Nixdorf Building, Dusseldorf, Germany Viper, Luzern, Switzerland


-10th International JVC Video Festival, Tokyo, Japan Videonale 3, Bonn, Germany
-European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany 3rd Marl Video Art Prize, Marl, Germany

-XXXVIII International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (solo project) Infermental 7, Tokyo, Japan


-Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
-XXXIII West German Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
-XXXVII International Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
-Freie Internationale Universität – FIU, DOCUMENTA 8, Ottoneum, Kassel, Germany
-Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany


-Ave Experimental, Arnheim, Netherlands
-Folkwang Video I, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany
-Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany


-Atelier de Rencontre, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), Paris, France
-Continuum, performance at the Art d’Ameublement Gallery, Bielefeld, Germany


Prize : 

1988 1.prize Nixdorf Media Price Düsseldorf

1988 Marler-Video-Kunst-Preis

2000 Prix Ars Electronica , Recognition in the Interactive Art section, Linz


In the framework of :

Windows upon Oceans Berlin Wall 20 years after

Michael BIELICKY et Kamila B. RICHTER, LOST du 3 mars au 10 avril 2016