After Tiepolo

Video Artist: Myriam Thyes
Country: Year: Duration: 9 min 40 sec
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At the Wurzburg Residenz, Thyes recorded the famous 18th century ceiling fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Gyratory video sequences are the basis for an animated collage. Tiepolo’s catholic sky/heaven is slowly filled with planets, stars, and galaxies – they substitute the allegoric figures. Science and technology are developing, human production on earth increases: High-rises and power plants replace Tiepolo’s merchants, artists, and craftspeople. The buildings reach to the sky and hide the view on it. The Christian and Eurocentric view of the world is enlarged, enriched, updated. But our knowledge of the infinite universe won’t lead to a broader mind or serenity, as long as we – living complicated lives in modern civilizations – focus only on ourselves.

Thanks to: Guido Magnaguagno, Visarte Zurich, the Bavarian Palace Department at the Wurzburg Residenz. Astronomical images: Courtesy NASA / JPL-Caltech.

Myriam Thyes

Myriam Thyes is a new media artist from Switzerland and Luxembourg, living in Germany.
1986-92 Academy of Fine Arts, Dusseldorf, Prof. Nan Hoover. Since 1994, Thyes participates in exhibitions and festivals internationally.

Fundings by: сity of Dusseldorf, State of Northrhein-Westfalia, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, State of Luxembourg.

AIR: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (1990); Glasgow, UK (2008); Styria AIR, Graz, Austria (2015).

Awards: Depict Award 2005, Encounters Festival, Bristol, UK; MultiMedia Prize 2006, Avanca Festival, Portugal.

Publications: UmBildungen / ReVisions (2007); Glasgow Styles / Magnify Malta (2012), both Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg.

Artistic media: video art, animation, digital imagery. Realizes as well as participatory media art projects.