INDIA Blog

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As a Fulbright scholar I will spent 5 months in India – based at Srishti Institute of Art, Design + Technology. As part of my “Engaged Media” project, I will explore India-specific sustainability initiatives + the art/media methods used to convey them.

“Do you like my India?”

The woman who asked me with a bright smile seemed to have taken pity on me after I got yelled at profusely for a cultural misstep on my first day in India. Admiring the large Tamil temple in Chennai I had pointed my camera towards the interior of the main temple. I was too jet-lagged and un-nerved to think of a more beautiful reply and just said something like “I will find out – it is my first day”. I later wished I had said that SHE made my day beautiful. (Chennai, December 11, 2019)

Bangalore Initiation Rites

Bangalore traffic

Day 2 in India brought be to the sheltered grounds of a charming if aging resort in Velahanka, the north of Bangalore near Srishti art school, my academic base as a Fulbright-Nehru scholar.

The next day I met Arzu who introduced me to a large number of faculty, all very welcoming and curious about my project. When Arzu left for her ‘Art in Transit’ project in the city, I settled into my desk + started to figure out who to turn to for the many arrival logistics from housing to FRRO (foreigner) registration + Indian SIM card. Well – to make a long story short: hurdles all around. But in hindsight, they all got solved (maybe I indulge in a long “getting an Indian SIM story”. Well, since I can only move into my guest apartment room on Jan 6, I decided to spend the time looking at sustainability projects (+ breath fresh air, listen to birds, eat organic food) at Auroville, the experimental, spiritual community near the coast.

But first things first: I attended the Srishti “Radical City” conference Dean Pithamber had invited me to. I enjoyed 2 days of varying urban theories, political + philosophical voices on re-evaluating a livable and sustainable city. The conference was back-to-back with the final exhibits and student projects of the Nov-Dec intensive workshops. Among the excellent exhibits was a First Year Master’s exploration of a Bangalore neighborhood with conceptual explorations of sustainability improvements. On Sunday I was surprised to find so many Srishti faculty and staff visiting the “Art in Transit” projects in several subway stations. My new colleague Manjani took me under her wings and offered me a ride into the city (a trying 1 hour stop+go, lane-weaving (what lane??) odyssey to cover a mere 23 km on pollution+ car choked throughways. (Well, this was my 3rd time in the city – Twice before I met Arzu to see her work-in-progress, try for a SIM + explore her own leafy neighborhood)

Arzu at her team's mud+ water mural project
Arzu at her team’s mud+ water mural project at Cubbon Park Metro station

Well, the journey was worth it. Of the many projects I want to just mention the largest, Arzu’s (+ her teams’s) mural on a rediscovery of ancient water-conservation well techniques – all built from local mud (in distinct colors) with engaging graphic + typographic overlays. Find a better description here. (Bangalore December 12-22)

At ‘Art In Transit’ with my new colleagues Manjari and Arzu

Auroville, international tropical-eco-spiritual enclave

After the exhibits, the university closes for a holiday recess + I am happy to use these 2 weeks in Auroville for an inquiry to the many experimental initiatives planned and/or practiced in this ca 50-year old egalitarian living experiment. So here I am, 1 week into my stay typing away with internet that comes and goes, among other guests that come and go – the majority from India, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, USA, China. I am surprised that I meet people of all ages from toddlers to a young 80-year old.

I am registering posters and campaigns to conserve water, recycle, compost scraps. There is almost zero single-use plastic here, no red meat (many vegans), no alcohol or smoking. The one sore spot is car and motorcycle traffic. Only a small portion on electricity. (PS: no pictures, no Instagram you ask? well, with my Auroville internet coming + going, it can take 5 minutes to upload a 300k photo. I’ll be adding some when I am back to ‘regular internet’ at Srishti. >> that is now!)

Sadhana forest- 1 of 30,000 planted trees – with bottle feeder

One of my best experiences so far was a 1/2 day visit to Sadhana forest. https://sadhanaforest.org/. A community of residents and volunteers lives at the ca 16-year old reforestation project. They reverted a near desert to a lush forest, mainly with native plants + were able to raise the water level by about 6 meters. All live a complete circular economy, eating vegan, composting all waste (including human), building palm-thatched houses of local material. Apart from biological concerns they practice a gifting economy and non-hierarchical respect for all creatures. I am not sure how scalable this project is – but even urban dwellers can implement many of the parts. Is our human survival not worth a ‘little inconvenience’? If that little ‘Inconvenience’ quickly becomes quite a normal habit, then we are ready for more steps.

My wish to all who read this is such an inconvenient but fulfilling 2020!

(December 29, 2019, Auroville)

Sadhana forest is a vegan community

Auroville Sustainability project selection

I spent the 2 weeks collecting + researching some of Auroville’s Sustainability Projects:

More on Sadhana forest – It was started by the Israeli family of Yorit Rozin, The 8 min Doc tells the history  FROM MY LITTLE HUT IN THE FOREST ,2018, Link: https://youtu.be/G5OE5RFNvs0, URL: https://sadhanaforest.org/

Solitude farm

Solitude farm – organic, with wild and farmed vegetables

I participated in a harvesting workshop that resulted in making our own lunch. Krishna, originally from GB started the farm 24 years ago. The farm mixes wild and planted greens. We picked + collected about 30 farmed + wild plants and made them into a smoothy, a salad, + chutney. The farm uses no pesticides, produces no waste (all scraps get composted). They run an open-air lunch restaurant + sell about 80-100 single daily meal plates with choices of self-made juices and drinks.  https://www.auroville.org/contents/2897

harvesting our lunch

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more in this short doc:  EAT LOCAL WEEK AT SOLITUDE FARM AUROVILLE , 6 min

“As an experiment, they only ate what was locally grown, three meals a day, for one week, under the guidance of Krishna, the founder of Solitude Farm in Auroville. Watch and discover all that is locally grown in Auroville and the health benefits and delicious recipes they learned.   Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpF3GtewiMU

our vegetables washed, ready to cut

PS: at the workshop I met Tom, a Biochemist-engineer from Yorkshire, who came with his wife, a Yoga teacher, by land on a ca 2-month journey. They travelled through the tunnel to France, on to Moscow, with the Transsib Mongolia and Tibet by train, by road to Nepal + India, and again by train south to Auroville

I looked up several architectural initiatives:

Other than traditional palm-thatched housing, much of contemporary architecture in Auroville is built by local architecture studios or experiments using sustainable methods. The early modernist architecture from the 70-ies – in a “pre-sustainable” era were typical concrete-heavy constructions.

Much of the housing is nor privately owned but by the Auroville community. Rents are determined on a sliding scale. Utilities used to be cheap but paid by residents but then electricity was made available free.

Finding my way on Auroville ‘streets’

When talking to Adil Writer, an internationally known sculptor, potter + architect who founded ‘Mandala Pottery’ (https://www.mandalapottery.com/) about 2 decades ago he made me aware of this problematic decision. While he had installed solar panels on his roof for all his household + some of the firing kiln needs, many of the formerly energy conscious residents resorted to replacing fans with AC and other energy-hungry appliances. So unfortunately, despite a general awareness, the wrong behavior was incentivized.

At Mandala Pottery with artist Adil Writer

The Suhasini Ayer owned firm ‘Auroville Design’ has built the light and airy Auroville Library with multiple sustainable considerations and a design that relays on ventilation rather than electric cooling. https://www.aurovilledesign.com/pdfs/auroville-library/    And across the street they are in the process of building an apartment complex: Humanscapes.  https://www.aurovilledesign.com/pdfs/humanscapes/

The Auroville Earth Institute, down a red earthen road is a non-profit Resource Centre for Asia of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development”.

Auroville Earth Institute

They have built residential and community buildings, teach workshops and assembled an exhibition room with building samples and photographs of their 30 years of work. Bound copies of a dozen case studies are available for a low copy fee (under 700 rupees or $10) + include concept, photos, blueprints.  http://www.earth-auroville.com/

Auroville Earth Institute exhibition space

The ecological housing project of architect Manu Gopalan and his team of educators, biologists, masons, interns are building ‘Sacred Groves’ a 3-part prototype built with mud bricks, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, use of palm wood etc. The project serves as a hands-on workshop for architecture students and volunteers who live on the site in dorms and a perma-culture garden/kitchen. In addition, some experimental small student 1-room houses are under constructions. Two girls with a wheelbarrow passed us.

3 phases of the prototype mudhouse. Note the rainwater harvesting system

Their dorm on stilts with a tent-shapes thatched roof included a humming bird nest they were preserving. The small solar lamp I gave her will get her a dorm light at night. http://sacredgroves.in/

Shavi, the architecture intern shows me the girls’ dorm.

Comment: Bill, a young German architect I met, observed that the different initiatives do not seem to benefit from each others experience as much as they could. Some at ‘Sacred Groves’ did not seem to be aware of the Earth Institute’s materials – are their building materials different – is competition a factor?

This concludes my Auroville experience. It so happens that next week is the Auroville Film fest. I hesitated but decided not to delay my project + lose my flight, so I copy and paste excerpts of sustainability related films/shorts next (+ plan to watch the trailers/movies over the next weekend)

I end with two images of a timeless India before I go back to modern Bangalore.

On a rural street early in the morning, on our way to Tiruvannamalai – where I captured this animated discussion.

(January 5, 2020)

2 weeks in Malleshwaram + with Srishti colleagues + fellow fellows

After exploring Sampige street with markets and small stores down to ‘Green Path’, an organic store + lunch place, I am surprised to find a ‘SPAR’ supermarket in the Mantri mall (+ subway station). Packed with household basics + groceries I start many days of meetings at Srishti.

Manjari introduces me to faculty teaching sustainability-related design courses (many!!) + I decide on giving 2 “Master classes” (lectures). A skype with Arzu gives me valuable literature + people references – but our February workshop is in flux + I may join her March project instead (meaning I have to replan my travel > see below, it all works out). One thing I have learned is to be flexible with my planning + trust it will all fall into place. A new insight for an organizer like me.

A weekend insert:

Pete silk factory doorway

Sat Jan 11: 8am (YES, a sacrifice!) ‘Bengaluru by foot’ city walk in the old ‘Pete’ town: The most impressive part was the walk through the old alleys and silk factory streets that I would never see or dare to walk into: we went to a silk wash + dye factory – 2 rooms, steamy, wet, dark with 2 men each wrestling large batches of silk thread in + out of concrete basins. Then we continued to another 2-room factory tightly packed with 4 electric looms. The concrete walls reverberated in a deafening metal racket. It made me appreciate the difficult labor going into the gorgeous silks.

Silk dye factory in Pete

I continued with one of the participants, a Berlin student, via Botanical garden to MTR for a lunch of endless plate refills, and ended on Church Street at the Bangalore ‘Strand NYC’ equivalent, the 3-story Blossoms. Got some books on Bangalore + water (Discovering Bengaluru by Meera Iyer, Nature in the City by Harini Nagendra). On the way we peeked into St. Marks church for an amazing smell fresh wedding flowers!

Blossoms

Sun, 12 – Arzu made me aware of a water-exhibit  (‘Submerge’ – by Smithsonian plus select artists) and talk at the new Science Gallery (https://bengaluru.sciencegallery.com/) – with Dr. Nagendra, the author of the book above. I meet her, along with Meetu, a marketing writer for an eco startup developing ‘at-home’ water test kits. I meet Meetu next Saturday at the Museum of Modern Art to continue our conversation. I ended Saturday with a reference to smell + will do so again: the beautifully designed and ecologically conscious gallery sits next to a heavily polluted canal. I had to hold my breath to photograph and record it.

‘Submerge; at Science Gallery

Mo, 13 – Th 16 January: meeting with Manjari on other classes + with Srivi, (Srisrividhiya Kalyanasundaram) who heads several UG and PostG programs and is writing her PhD on how visuals can translate sustainable issues. To that end she is rethinking the curriculum philosophy centered around the question: “Who is the person coming out of our programs + what do they stand for?” Among clusters are experiential projects on Embodied Practice to foster a relationship with nature. Geetha Narayanan the founding director encourages innovative and interdisciplinary ecologically responsible practice. To learn more, I spend the next day in the library- and Srivi introduces me to a number of colleagues who I meet that week. Just a sampling here: ecological economy; law, environment + planning;  social justice; public space design, urban planning. Faculty come from such diverse backgrounds as art, design, psychology, communications, biology, film, media studies.

>Gururaja is a Biology researcher, teaching the value of animals (specifically frogs) in their habitat and brings urban students and communities together to foster a relationship with nature to motivate its protection.

> Keya, an environmental geographer brings students to rural communities and then maps the resulting data and insights.

> Rustam, Dean of Projects, is a political ecology writer + we have an animated discussion with tips for Delhi NGO’s he worked for.

> Mahesh, a photographer and documentary filmmaker takes students to grasslands and to explore impactful visual ecological storytelling.

I am collecting so much valuable information on sustainability initiatives in + out of Srishti – and all colleagues are extremely welcoming + share their history with me. The public bus gets me to + from Srishti + I am happy to reduce my heavy Uber/Ola car carbon footprint.

Six Bangalore Fulbrighters at Koshy’s.

Wednesday (Harvest Holiday) Jan 15 – I had emailed all Bangalore Fulbright-Nehru scholars + six of us meet at Koshy’s before Sebastian (left) returns to the US in 2 days. Sammi (right), who works on Women’s Empowerment at a Bangalore NGO invites me to come with her to the Barefoot college near Jaipur (combined with the Lit fest there that 8 other Fulbrighters attend). I am intrigued, since I was interested in the ‘Solar village women engineers’ but did not have a contact there. Some inquiries – ok – I’ll go + am excited! Cutting this blog short bc I have to work through the weekend to move up all my January deadlines + prepare for the first lecture (Monday) on ‘Outsourcing Culture’.

All is good! Jaipur next!

(not so quick > Have to let you know of a surprise visitor, a monkey made it up our sheer wall and onto the kitchen table. Took off with my banana and nut bowl (no photo + the window is now closed as I am writing on my laptop all day… now taking a break with the NY Times..) . Jan 21.

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) http://isea2019.isea-international.org/

‘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
https://mailchi.mp/7dab6070bba0/ingrid-scheib-rothbart?e=40b0eba929


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.   


PROGRAM

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
8:15pm 
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):

https://mschmidtfeist.wixsite.com/involuntaryjourneys

or via its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/InvoluntaryJourneys/

‘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.

http://siggrapharts.ning.com/page/slide-show-video-2017
https://vimeo.com/227620796

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.

SCHAUMBAD, ATELIERHAUS, Graz, Austria

Exhibition: October 13 – November 5

http://web455.webbox333.server-home.org/index.php?pageid=3&l=1&sid=301

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. https://www.facebook.com/L.E.S.S.the.art.project/

 

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

http://mfru.org/mfru-2017/program-2017/

about (engl): http://www.culture.si/en/International_Festival_of_Computer_Arts_(IFCA)

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,

http://www.badische-zeitung.de/titisee-neustadt/eine-statue-fuer-die-stars–139947281.html

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

L.E.S.S. 

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 https://www.facebook.com/L.E.S.S.the.art.project/

This project by Mechthild Schmidt Feist is part of the “Creative Climate Awards” show by the HumanImpactsInstitute.org 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’:  https://videopress.com/v/ngOpgxJV

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

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  • 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

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

INVITATION

“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’ https://videopress.com/v/sODoPqnk