“I wanted to symbolize motion. Film IS movement. I wanted the statue to express confidence without being stern, strength without being static. It was important to me to give the “Deutschen Filmpreis” its own identity, not trying to borrow what other awards already successfully symbolize. While the Oscar is the strong, firm standing fighter and winner, I wanted the Filmprize statue to symbolize the dynamics of movement, the muse, the inspiration necessary to make a work of art, to become a winner. The movement is carried through to the asymmetrical conical base. Stylistically, I was looking for a timeless modern design as well as a historical reference to the first golden era of German film, the Art Deco in the 1920s. “(Interview ‘Deutscher Filmpreis’ catalogue 1999)
|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
“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. The first overlay in a series. Watch under ‘videos/engaged media’ on this site.
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
Poetry in Motion on my/your/our consumption + the need for L.E.S.S.
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’ 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. (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
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
“Eine Statue für die Stars”, Gert Brichta, Badische Zeitung, Samstag, 29.7.2017, Titisee Neustadt
Article on my LOLA award statue design,
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.
My COP-cycle projection is now part of ARTCOP 21.
Street projection on bike in NYC between Madison + Union Squares.
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
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
29. April 2015, 17:00 Uhr, FB Design der Hochschule Anhalt, Schwabestraße 3, Raum 01/303, Dessau
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?
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.
“FOSSIL FREE” by Mechthild Schmidt Feist
is part of 10 Days of Climate Action by the ‘Human Impacts Institute‘.
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
I went on a truly eyeopening ISEA/Biennial augmented reality city walk in the Galatea and surrounding quarters with artists Tamiko Thiel and Cem Kozar of Istanbul architect firm PATTU. There will be 1 or 2 more this week. Check it out at : http://invisibleistanbul.org/