Mechthild Schmidt Feist

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  • New York University, Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, Clinical Professor


  • New York, New York, United States of America



  • Mechthild Schmidt Feist is a Media Artist and Professor for Digital Communications + Media at New York University. Her ‘Engaged Media’ art practice investigates the role of media in communicating environmental and social awareness and has been defined by her practice of embracing predominantly female stereotypes of empathy and advocacy. After receiving Fine Arts and History degrees in Berlin (University of the Arts, Freie Universität), a DAAD graduate study grant was followed by a Whitney Museum-ISP Fellowship. Since the 1980s, she has lived in New York. Her early mixed media work led her to experiment with computer-generated imagery. In subsequent years she worked as an award-winning artist /designer in New York and Munich (Editel, HBO, ARRI) and for artists such as Alexander Kluge and Nam June Paik, while teaching at NY art schools. She is the designer of the “Lola” awards statue for the Deutscher Filmpreis. Mechthild has exhibited and lectured widely, among others at SIGGRAPH Art Shows, MIT/CAVS Cambridge, NTU-Singapore, SànArt-Saigon, EVA Berlin, Bauhaus-Dessau, Fudan University Shanghai, ISEA 2019 Gwangju, Korea. Her latest work Involuntary Journeys layers type and images onto Google Earth to tell refugee stories. She currently is a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India working on a sustainable water + community project.