The swiss artist has studied painting and videoart at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1990, she worked for 6 months in Paris at the ‘Cité Internationale des Arts’ with a grant. Since 1993, Thyes participates in exhibitions and festivals. She has realised solo projects in public areas with flag installations in Dusseldorf (1996) and Luxembourg (1997). Since 1999, the artist focuses on videoart, animation and digital imagery. Since 2000, Thyes also realises media art projects on public screens, gives lectures, artists talks and workshops.
year 2005 – 2008 (and ongoing)
technology Flash (and HTML, CSS)
plug-ins Flash player 9 (or newer)
Flag Metamorphoses is a participatory art project – a continuously growing series of animations with many authors: The flags of every nation in the world will transform into each other through flash animations. Between each two flags, scenes appear to show an aspect of the relations between the two countries – an exploration into the meaning of imagery on flags, aiming to create interrelated associations through questioning, reassessing, fluidizing and re-mixing of diverse national iconography. Flag Metamorphoses lays stress on the relations between nations as changing ones: Only in the permanent re-creation of values, symbols and ways of life, in mixing with others and differing from others, identities, cultures and societies stay alive. Each artist who creates a flag animation expresses such a relation in his/her own way.
co-authors: With animations by the following artists (so far):
Stacy Averill (US), Norbert Attard (MT), Peter Chanthanakone (CA), Christoph Frei (CH), Tomoaki Goto (US), Rona Innes (UK), Chris Joseph / Babel (CA), Anke Landschreiber (DE), Jorge Lara + Israel Reyna (MX), Sonya Mansour (US), Deanna Morse + animation class (US), Monika Oechsler (UK), Ajdin Pajevic (DE / BiH), Irena Paskali (MK), Max Pohlenz (DE), Joanna Priestley (US), Natalieann Rich (US), Barry L. Roshto (DE), Amir Scheulen + Frank Köhnen (DE), Alex Schneider (US), Nicola Tauscher (DE / KR), Myriam Thyes (DE / CH), Slobodan Tomic (HR).