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Virtual Therapy

Myriam Thyes
Virtual Therapy

Neo, bohater filmu Matrix, leży na pierwszym planie, poruszając się nerwowo od czasu do czasu, jak gdyby śniło mu się coś złego. Za nim, w formie 'wklejonej' projekcji, kobieta opowiada treść filmu. Konstruowany jest rodzaj terapeutycznej sytuacji, w której można zacząć zastanawiać się nad tym co jest prawdziwe, a co wyobrażone, nad różnymi rzeczywistościami świadomości i nieświadomości.

Neo, the hero from the movie The Matrix, lies in the foreground, moving restlessly from time to time, as if he had bad dreams. Behind him, a "projected" woman reports about the content of the same film. A kind of therapeutical situation is constructed, in which one may reflect about what is real and what is imagination, and about the different realities of the conscious and the unconscious.

Myriam Thyes


1984 – 85 University of Art and Design, Zurich, Switzerland.

1986 – 92 Academy of Fine Arts, Dusseldorf, Germany, studies with Prof. Nan Hoover.

1992 Degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dusseldorf: 'Meisterschüler'.


2006, March Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, funds travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for FILE symposium + exhibition.

2006, Feb. Artist-in-residence at 'GOZO contemporary', Gharb, Gozo, Malta.

2005 Commission by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, for the animation project 'Flag Metamorphoses'.

2005 Depict! Award, Brief Encounters Festival, Bristol, UK, for the videoart piece ASCENSION.

2004 Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, funds travel to Tokyo, Japan, for art symposium + exhibition.

1997 Commission by the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg for: flag installation in public space.

1996 Commission by the Department of Culture of Düsseldorf for: flag installation in public space.

1990 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, residency (6 months), granted by the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf.


2006, 9-10 Switzerland: 'Flag Metamorphoses' on the big screens in the central stations of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva.

In cooperation with PROGR - Centre for Cultural Production, Bern.

2005 Commercio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2004 Syrius, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2003 Art at the Deputees House of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz, Germany, with Anke Landschreiber.

2003 Kunstverein Emmerich, Germany: video-installation and paintings.

1999 Frank-Loebsches Haus, Landau, Germany, for the 70th birthday of Anne Frank.

1997 'steirischer herbst', Graz, Austria. <rotor> association for contemporary art, catalogue.

1997 Luxembourg, public space: 'Wishes and Warnings in the Wind II'. (flags, installation)

1997 Festival International Echternach, Luxembourg.

1996 Düsseldorf, public space: ' Wishes and Warnings in the Wind'. (flags, installation)

1996 Grahn Gallery, Mönchengladbach, Germany, catalogue.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection) more screenings + festivals: see videography

2007, 3 DUTA Visual Arts Biennial, Douala, Cameroon.

2006, 9-10 KW institute for contemporary art, Kunstwerke Berlin, Germany.

2006, 9-10 PIXEL POPS!, c2c gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.

2006, 9 Paraflows - Annual Convention for Digital Arts and Cultures, Vienna, Austria.

2006, 5-7 'Eastern Alliance' exhibitions at: Muzeul Naţional de Artă Contemporană, Bucharest, Romania.

Centrul de Artă Contemporană KSA, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova.

2006, 3-4 FILE RIO, Electronic Language Festival, Exhibition and Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2006, 2-3 Paço das Artes, museum for contemporary art, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

2005, 12 IMPAKT Media Art Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands: VideoDictionary at CASCO.

2005, 11 CBK Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2005, 11 KunstFilmBiennale, Kölnischer Kunstverein, and artfair 'Art Cologne', Cologne, Germany.

2005, 10-12 'VideoDictionary', Centre d' Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain.

2005, 9-10 BEOGRAD NEKAD I SAD, Prodajna galerija Beograd, Serbia & Montenegro

2005, 9-10 11th Marler Videokunst-Preis at: Foro Artistico, Hannover, Germany.

2005, 8 ACCEA - Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia.

2005, 7-9 'VideoDictionary', La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.

2005, 7-9 11th Marler Videokunst-Preis at: Gallery of the town of Lüdenscheid, Germany.

2005, 7-8 Prog:ME, media art exhibition, Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2005, 4 11th Marler Videokunst-Preis at: ZKMax and Lothringer 13, both Munich, Germany.

2005, 3 Island art film + video festival and exhibition, Prenelle Gallery, London, UK.

2004, 7-9 11th Marler Videokunst-Preis, media art exhibition, Skulpturenmuseum Marl, Germany.

2004, 6 6th International Digital Art Exhibit, Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, Havanna, Cuba.

2004, 5 German Cultural Center / OAG, Tokyo, Japan: group exhibition and panel discussion.

2004, 2 Transmediale.04, media art festival, Berlin, Germany: STRICTLY PUBLIC

2003 SPARK VIDEO, beacon project space, Beacon, NY, USA.

2003 Platz Da! – open air festival, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2003 Spark Video: Beacon, N.Y., USA (by Spark Contemporary Art Center Syracuse, NY).

2003 25hrs – Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain. Catalogue.

2003 Kultur Köln 30, Cologne, Germany: [STRICTLYPUBLIC], video art for the public space.

2003 Videoart project EUROscreen21, PAN art forum, Emmerich, Germany, and tour in whole Europe.

2002 Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland: Videoart and Photography.

2002 [STRICTLYPUBLIC] shows video art in 26 Main Stations in Germany.

Cooperation with the Association of Art Galleries in Germany.

2002 Museum of Natural History, Sihlwald, Zurich, Switzerland.

2001 [STRICTLY PUBLIC] – videoart on public videoboard at Leipzig and in the exhibition at Weimar.

2001 PARKHAUS Art Association, Malkasten Park, Düsseldorf. WOANDERS – video art weekend.

2001 ARTSCREEN 2001 – video art on public videoboards in subway stations.

Opening: museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf. (

2000 'Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen', Düsseldorf. Video art at night, out of the window.

2000 ARTSCREEN 2000 – video art on videoboards in subway stations at Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Essen.

Opening: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. (

1999 Art Fair Kunst '99, Zürich: A. M. Andersen Gallery and Video-Forum, Serge Ziegler Gallery.

1998 A. M. Andersen Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland (with two other artists).

1997 European Council conference on employment, Luxembourg. Solo, flags in the conference halls.

1997 'steirischer herbst', Graz, Austria. <rotor> association for contemporary art, catalogue.

1997 Raum X, Düsseldorf. Solo with Monika Pirch, catalogue.

1994 museum kunst palast (former Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf), Dusseldorf, Germany: 'Treibhaus 6', catalogue.


2006, 3 Lecture about Flag Metamorphoses at FILE Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2006, 3 Artist´s talk with screening, Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2006, 3 Artist´s talk with screening about Flag Metamorphoses at AniMOweb, Modena, Italy.

2005, 9 Artist´s talk with screening at Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany.

2004, 5 Artist´s talk with screening at Phaidros Café for Videoart / Videoart Center Tokyo VCT, Tokyo, Japan.

2004, 1 Lecture with screening at Transmediale Media Art Festival, Berlin, Germany.


• museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Germany

• Historical Museum of Luxembourg

• collection of the State of Northrhein-Westfalia, Düsseldorf

CATALOGUES (selection)

• Treibhaus 6, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1994

• 'Myriam Thyes – Umbildungen', monograph, 1996

• 'as large as life' – <rotor>, steirischer herbst, Graz, Austria, 1997

• 'Weiblichkeit Photographie Inszenierung', Raum X, Düsseldorf, 1997

• Videoart festival '25hrs', Barcelona, Spain, 2003

• Marler Medienkunst-Preise, Marl, Germany, 2004

• DVD edition: 'Loop Pool', by 'Raum für Projektion' and 'Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen', 2005

• KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany, 2005