Mechthild Schmidt Feist is a Clinical Associate Professor for Digital Communications and Media at McGhee, NYU School of Professional Studies. She teaches courses in Motion Design, Engaged Media and Media history.
Building on a fine arts and history background (Universität der Künste and Freie Universität, Berlin), Mechthild has worked in digital media since her DAAD graduate study grant and Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship in the mid-eighties. She has worked as an artist, animator and award-winning designer for major Post Houses and networks (ARRI, Editel, HBO, ZDF).
Her interdisciplinary works occupy real or virtual spaces between painting, stage (Kleist’s Amphitryon, Rush Dance, Fossil Free Video Projection), and media such as Second Life.
She designed and animated for ARRI Studios Munich, Alexander Kluge, Editel New York, ZDF Mainz. Some of her awards were for the design of the ‘Deutschen Filmpreis’ statue (“Lola”), International Monitor Award for ‘Interactive Multimedia’, IBM grant for the multimedia Theater ’Amphitryon’. She has exhibited and lectured widely on topics reflecting digital esthetics (selection): Siggraph, BDA, MIT/Center for Advanced Visual Studies, NMC at Princeton, Bauhaus Dessau, KHM Cologne.
A main focus is the role of media in building environmental awareness and the translation of this topic to her artistic projects. The “Engaged Media” talk reflects her work and teaching. She held recent talks and classes at New York University, NTU Singapore, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, and Assumption University, Bangkok.