Selected Talks after 2011

2019         Involuntary Journeys. Interactive Storytelling on a Mapping Platform, ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art), Gwangju, South Korea (June) > see also post on Home page

 2019           Shanghai maps of light + shadow. Zustandsbericht, Talk at Fudan University Shanghai, China (June) > see also post on Home page

2018         Engaged Media –Art Spaces to Art sites to Public Spaces, EVA Berlin, Germany (Nov) > see also post on Home page

2017         Engaged Media: Storytelling Project in a Greek Refugee Center, NYU SPS (Dec) > see also post on Home page

2015         Engaged Media – Building ethical awareness, Talk at Sound Image Data conference (SID), NYU, New York, (July) > see Home page

 2015         Die Bauhausbühne und ihr Bezug zum digitalen Raum. Schlemmers Stabtanz im digitalen  Kontext, Designforum Dessau: University Anhalt-Dessau/Bauhaus, Germany (April 29) > see Home page

 2015       (S-E Asia Series) “Engaged Media”, Artist Talk and Senior Student Meetup, Assumption University/School of    Communication Arts/Department of CGI, Bangkok, Thailand (March13)

                 “Engaged Media”, Artist Talk with Tamiko Thiel at Sàn Art Gallery, HCMC , Vietnam  (March 7)

         “Engaged Media”, Lecture, Interactions Lecture Series at the NTU School of Art, Design and    Media, Singapore. (Feb 4)

2014        DAAD Alumni Association USA, Presentation RISE Scholars, Heidelberg, Germany (July)

2013        Introduction + workshop Second Life, NYU Tisch ITP ‘summer camp’ (June 24 + 25)

2012        Interactive Technologies for Teaching and Learning. Faculty Resource Network, NYU (June 12)

2011Mirror Garden 3: Twist, Turns and the Myth of Flying, Sculpting and Building in Second Life (Installation and Workshop), ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art ), Istanbul, Sabanci University, Turkey

Involuntary Journeys – Artist Talk at ISEA, S. Korea

Gwangju, South Korea, June 25, 2019. “Involuntary Journeys – Interactive Storytelling on a Mapping Platform Artist Talk at the ISEA2019 (International Symposium on Electronic Art)

‘Shanghai maps of light + shadow’, at Fudan University and Center for Jewish Studies

Shanghai, May 31 and June 5, 2019.

Demonstrating project research on Zhoushan Road at Fudan University.

At CJSS with (l to r): Consul A. Braverman (Israel), Consul M. Hallensleben (Germany), Prof. M. Schmidt Feist, Prof Dr. Pan Guang, J.Erling (correspondent DieWelt), M. Golth and B.Gerstl (Austrian Service Abroad)

As an NYU GRI fellow (Global Research Initiative) at NYU Shanghai, I was invited to a talk at Fudan University by Dr. Sakine Weikert and Dean Li to present the work-in-progress of ‘Shanghai maps of light + shadow’, an interactive mapping project on Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. For the same project I met with Professor Prof. Pan Guang, at the Center for Jewish Studies Shanghai (CJSS) at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Involuntary Journeys – interactive maps + prints

Involuntary Journeys – Khairul, interrupted childhood

“Involuntary Journeys” traces the arduous paths of refugees I worked with on Lesbos. Part of an installation of dual projections of Google Earth paths and poetic overlays. Views of the enriched Google Earth story. Download the Google Earth path here. And watch under ‘Latest Project’ and ‘videos/engaged media’ on this site.

L.E.S.S. – Engaged Media at EVA Berlin (Nov 7-9)

L.E.S.S. will be at the  EVA (Electronic + Visual Arts) Conference Berlin 2018.


Th Nov 8 .: Installation+ Projection L.E.S.S.

Fr Nov 9. 4:20pm  ‘Engaged media – Building Ethical Awareness from Art spaces to Art sites to Public spaces.’

Kulturforum Berlin, Matthäikirchplatz 8, 10785 Berlin, WWW.EVA-BERLIN.DE

NEW GERMAN FILM IN NEW YORK: from the 60s to the 90s.

with Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart, Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh, Laurence Kardish. Moderated by Mechthild Schmidt Feist

March 28, 7:00pm Goethe-Institut New York, 30 Irving Place

The Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the DAAD Alumni Association are pleased to invite you to New German Film in New York: From the 60s to the 90s, an evening in honor of longtime Goethe-Institut film programmer and DAADAA 2018 Award for International Exchange recipient Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart. After World War II the newly established Goethe House New York emerged as a cultural mediator between a defeated Germany and the United States, starting a transatlantic cultural dialogue that would lead to a new mutual understanding. In the 1960s, the Goethe-Institut started introducing to New Yorkers a new generation of German filmmakers who sought to confront the country’s Nazi past and build a new civil society: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta, and Wim Wenders, to name just a few. To present these filmmakers to a wider audience, Scheib-Rothbart forged long-lasting ties with major New York cultural organizations including the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, local universities, and many others.   


7:00pm  Welcome and introductions by Georg Blochmann, Executive Director, Goethe-Institut New York; Benedikt Brisch, Director, DAAD North America; and Eric Haratsch, President DAADAA USA
7:15pm Conversation with Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh, former Program Director, Goethe-Institut New York; Laurence Kardish, former Senior Curator, Department of Film, Museum of Modern Art; and Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart. Moderated by Mechthild Schmidt Feist, New York University
Q&A session

8:30pm Reception

Engaged Media Project: Involuntary Journeys –

In July 2017 I set out to map their journeys with refugees stranded on Lesbos, using Google Earth in the best of cases – or paper when WiFi or media did not cooperate. I planned to add photos or related short notes at each station. Their stories became so much more:

My blog on the journeys, challenges, resilience – and hopes that are so very similar to your own. As one refugee wrote: Only Human.

You can access the Blog directly (+ check back as new stories get added):

or via its Facebook page:

‘Underdog will Fly’, electronic paintings shown on ACM Siggraph Digital Arts Community Members’ Reel conference

Schmidt Feist_Mechthild_Underdog will Fly-01-12 Shadows of our past_Be yourself

Underdog will Fly-01-12 Shadows of our past_Be yourself

‘Underdog will Fly’ is a series of electronic paintings on human suffering and resilience – in the midst of our media consumption. My paintings “Your Freedom- my luxury, Pietà” and “Next!, (aftermath) Sheltered – Skip this ad” were shown in: ACM Siggraph Digital Arts Community Members’ Reel at the ACM Siggraph conference , Los Angeles, July 30 – August 3, 2017, Chair and curator: Victoria Szabo, Duke University


The complete slide reel is on their site + on Vimeo.

L.E.S.S. video shown at ‘Faces’ Anniversary exhibit, Graz, Austria

L.E.S.S. (Less of Everything. Esthetics of Sharing + Sustainability)

A poetic motion design video on effects of our own consumption habits. It is part of a larger project that includes an installation, prints, and a facebook page.

The video is part of the exhibition:

FACES, WOMEN IN MEDIA. 20 YEARS OF INTERACTIONS CONNECTIONS AND COLLABORATIONS online community of women, working in art, gender and technology, group show curated by Kathy Rae Huffman and Eva Ursprung.


Exhibition: October 13 – November 5

L.E.S.S. print series shown at Festival in Maribor, Slovenia

L.E.S.S. (Less of Everything. Esthetics of Sharing + Sustainability)

The show will include a series of location-based prints on reducing my our own consumption habits, as well as the accompanying poetic video. It is part of a larger project that also includes an installation and a facebook page.


at: International Festival of Computer Arts (IFCA), Maribor , (Slovenia), October 6-18, 207, special program curated by Eva Ursprung and KathyRae Huffman

about (engl):

Article on “Lola” design, Deutscher Filmpreis

“Eine Statue für die Stars”, Gert Brichta, Badische Zeitung, Samstag, 29.7.2017, Titisee Neustadt

Article on my LOLA award statue design,–139947281.html

L.E.S.S. “Less of Everything – Esthetics of Sharing and Sustainability”


Less of Everything – Esthetics of Sharing and Sustainability

L.E.S.S. is an Art Project raising awareness of our depletion of Earth’s resources.

L.E.S.S. consumption starts with me,   L.E.S.S. attachment to my things

L.E.S.S. resources used,                           L.E.S.S. waste created

You can participate on the project facebook page and in the art show:

TAKE – Take an object from the pledge wall at the show – so we produce one less

GIVE – add an item to give away – so one less goes to a landfill

POST – post to spread the word

This project by Mechthild Schmidt Feist is part of the “Creative Climate Awards” show by the at the  Taipei Cultural Office, 1 E 42, NYC

Sept 27 –  Oct 27.

Watch the video HERE.

COP-cycle projection – part of climate art events ARTCOP 21>> NOW on DEC 11, 8pm

My COP-cycle projection is now part of ARTCOP 21.

Street projection on bike in NYC between Madison + Union Squares. COP- composite montr

YOU can participate on the COPcycle in Madison Square Park at the 25th street fountain. Event on  Dec 11, 8-9 pm. 

Cannot attend? See the animation on this site under ‘video’:

see fb event page   , #COPcycle and    artcop website

>>>#COPcycle  and  @artcop21 and ‪#‎artcop21‬

Machinima | Connect: Information Technology at NYU

Here is a link to a 2008 article I wrote on a machinima class in Second Life. We used to to location scout, build a castle interior, design costumes and masks, buy props for Excerpts of Macbeth. Turning avatar ‘babydolls’ into witches was fun!Machinima, Making movies in Second Life

Engaged Media – Talk on July 23, 10:30 AM at SID conference, NYU

  • 2015-07 SID conf Talk inviteThe “Engaged Media” Series continued at the S.I.D. (Sound, Image, Data) conference at NYU Steinhardt (35 W 4 St., #303) on Thursday July 23  (more under ‘Somewhere’ Tab)

Designforum Dessau: Die Bauhausbühne und ihr Bezug zum digitalen Raum

29. April 2015, 17:00 Uhr, FB Design
 der Hochschule Anhalt, Schwabestraße 3,  Raum 01/303, Dessau

Schlemmer ani board 1x.5k 72dpi

Mechthild Schmidt Feist zeigt erste Ergebnisse ihres theoretisches und visuellen Forschungsprojektes, das ihre digitalen Animationen auf die Bauhausbühne – insbesondere Schlemmers Bauhaustänze – zurückbezieht.

Sie spricht über ihren Ansatz, historische Kontinuität zwischen tradierten und neuen Medien nachzuzeichnen und zeigt die resultierenden visuellen Arbeiten. Sind die Sparsamkeit der Mittel, die bewusst reduzierteBühne eine Inspiration für eine Ästhetik der Nachhaltigkeit?

Engaged Media, Talk in Singapore on Feb 4

Mechthild Schmidt Feist

“InterActions” lecture series in the Interactive Media department of Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) will begin on February 4 5pm with a lecture by Mechthild Schmidt Feist ! (fb post by Tamiko Thiel, Visiting Professor ADM)


The series continued with Talks at Assumption University, Communication Arts – CGI, Bangkok and Sàn Art Gallery, HCMC (Saigon)

In the ‘Engaged Media Series’ I address the responsibility and reflection inherent in using the powerful amplification of Digital Media. As a citizen, professor and artist I point to ethical choices in general and specifically work towards the use of media as a powerful agent for Climate Change awareness.

M.Schmidt Feist: Fossil Free, Projection


“FOSSIL FREE” , installation/projection by Mechthild Schmidt Feist


“FOSSIL FREE” by Mechthild Schmidt Feist
is part of 10 Days of Climate Action by the ‘Human Impacts Institute‘.Image
The installation/projection  will be shown
Tuesday, September 24,
12-1pm at 6th Ave+29  and  7-9pm at 26th St between Park+Lexington

The installation is projected as a continuous loop, come anytime – or see it on this site under ‘video’