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Michael Bielický

First Name
Birth place
Place of work
Karlsruhe, Germany
digital image
installation art
new media
political art
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About artist

Born in 1954 in Prague to Jewish parents. He considers himself an artist-illusionist, creating in the tradition of his Czech predecessors in the field of interactive art (the Kinoautomat project) and 3D (Marold’s panorama). He is an afficionado of Karel Zeman films. He explores the creation of space illusions and the connection of physical and virtual worlds. He is the creator of video-sculptures (since 1987), videotapes and „video-poems“ (1994-1991). He later worked on projects using navigational systesm and telecommunications technologies, specifically those addressing the crossing of borders and connecting various parts of the world. He gets his inspiration from Jewish history and philosophy. He often uses basic Jewish symbols and draws inspiration from Jewish historical legends, which he once again makes relevant by using current technologies.

In 1968 he and his brother emigrated with his parents to Düsseldorf. After briefly studying medicine, he was accepted in 1984 to the Düsseldorf Academy, where he first studied photography under the tutelage of Bernd Becher (his fellow students included Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Ruth). After a year he began to study under the „father of video-art“ Nam June Paik. In the late 1970s / early 1980s he lived mainly in the USA, where he devoted his time to photography. After his studies he worked shortly as Paik’s assistant. In fact, it was Paik, who influenced his „sculptors“ version of video-art. His early works were also influenced by the video-installation Nude Descending a Staircase (Akt sestupující po schodech) by Shigeko Kubota. Joseph Beuys, who founded the Freie Internationale Universität (FIU) as an alternative to the academic structure, also inspired the artist’s open approach to media.

Bielický is the creator of experimental video-documentaries on Nam June Paik and on Vilém Flusser (Paik, 1986, Vilém Flussers Fluss, 1994), of a video installation on Joseph Beuys called Die Fettecke, 1987, of video-sculptures (among others Menora, 1987, Der Name, 1990), a virtual tele-performance Exodus (1995), or the installation Tento rok v Jeruzalémě (This Year in Jerusalem), which in 2006 connected Prague and Jerusalem in real time. The internet installation, Falling Times, transforming real-time news headlines into the form of generally-understandable pictograms, came about as the collective work of internet users.

In 1991 he accepted an offer to build the New Media School at the Prague School of Art (AVU). He led this school until 2007. At present he serves as professor of media art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Germany’s Karlsruhe.


Author of the annotation
Lenka Dolanová



1984-1987 studies at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, one year photography with Bernd Becher, afterwards with Nam June Paika
1975-1978 studies Medicine at Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf

1999-2000 Visiting Artist at ZKM Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe
1988 artist in residence at Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, Paris

2007-present Professor of Media Art (and digital art) at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design
2002 adviser during foundation of the New Media division at the University of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand
1991 founded the New Media division of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, adviser of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts Prague
poradce Sorosova Centra pro současné umění Praha
1981-1984 photographer in the art magazine Monochrom, Düsseldorf
1969 fled from Czechoslovakia to Düsseldorf


Solo exhibitions
Garden of Error and Decay, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin

BIACS 3 Biennale Sevilla
YOU_ser: Das Jahrhundert des Konsumenten, ZKM Karlsruhe und Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
YOU-ser 2, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Rrecord again! - 40Jjahre Videokunst Teil 2, ZKM Karlsruhe und Ludwig Forum Aachen
KAMUNA, ZKM Karlsruhe
20 Jahre ZKM, ZKM Karlsruhe
Gemeinsam in Bewegung – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland und China, Wuhan Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
Incheon International Digital Art Festival, Incheon, Korea
Windows upon Oceans, Strasbourg

YOU-ser, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Projections in the Streets, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sibiu – The Cultural Capital

E.U. positive: Kunst aus dem neuen Europa, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Future of the Cinema, Karlsruhe: ZKM
Path of Europe. Thessalonica: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Lanterna Magika, Nouvelles technologies dans l’art tchèque du XXe siècle. Prag, Kant

Cyber Arts 2000, Ars Electronica Linz
Media Art Interaction. ZKM Karlsruhe
ISEA 2000 Paris

České kulturní centrum, Bukurest
Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin

Monte Video Time Based Art, Amsterdam

Discover European Video, New York
Artware, Hannover

Videokunst, Kunsthalle Kiel
III Marler Video-Kunst-Preis, Marl

Cité International des Arts, Paris

XXXVIII International Filmfest, Berlin Berlinale
São Paulo Bienal, Sao Paolo, Brasil

Videonale. # 3, 4, 5, Bonn
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2003 Paesaggi del Desideri, Gallery for Contemporary Arts, Studio Lattuada, Milan
2002 Laterna Magika, Paris, Espace Electra a web
1999-2000 produced@, ZKM Karlsruhe
1997 Opening exhibition of the ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
1996 The Butterfly Effect, Mücsarnok, Budapešť; Mixed Pixels, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
1995 Museum for Contemporary Art, Varšava; Seoul Bienale, Seoul
1994 Joseph Beuys, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1993 Village Gaze, Anthology Film Archives, New York
1992/95 Ars Electronica, Linz
1992 Moving Image – Electronic Art, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
1988 „3. Marl Video Kunst Preis“, Marl; Infermental 7, Tokio
1987 „São Paulo Bienal“, São Paulo
ZKM Karlsruhe



Bielicky (text Michaela Hájková), výstavní katalog, Praha : Židovské muzeum v Praze, 2005

K. Gerbel – P. Weibel (ed.), Intelligenge Ambiente. Ars electronica 94, Linz 1994

K. Gerber-P. Weibel (ed.), Endo und Nano. Ars electronica 92, Linz 1992

Moving image, electronic art (výst. Katalog). Fundacio Joan Miró, Barcelona 1992

K. Nicodemus, Flimmernde Kupfe, Tip 1993, č. 12

D. Golloway, M. B. Artnews, N.Y.C., duben 1991


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