Felix Hardmood Beck / Designer & Dad

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Teaching Engagement:

Assistant Professor of Practice of Design, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since 10/2015 (course overview)

Visiting Research Associate, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2015

Lecturer, course »Media in Space«, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim, Germany, 10/2014 – 04/2015

Visiting Lecturer for Media Design, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria, 2011–2014

Visiting Lecturer for Media Design, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012–2014

Lecturer, University of the Arts Berlin, Digital Media Design Dept., Germany, 10/2008 – 04/2009

Student Teaching Assistant of Prof. Uli Schwarz, course »Visual Basics«, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany, 04/2003 – 04/2004

Find the complete list of talks, lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations at the calendar section.

Working Experience:

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates (UAE), full-time employment as Assistant Professor of Practice of Design since 10/2015, Awarded from NYU NY with a WSN Faculty Fellowship 2020 (5,000 $), Principal Investigator at Lab for Narrative Technologies and Spatial Installations (NTSI-Lab), grants & funding: 250,000.00$ for 2015–2019, 200,000.00$ for 2020–2024, 50,000.00$ for Precious Plastic WANA Conference 2018; team-size: ±15 Student Research Assistants/year, since 10/2016 Head of NYUAD's Precious Plastic Group, since 12/2018 Director NYUAD's Plastic Recycling Research Lab,…

Art+Com Studios, Berlin, 08/2007 – 09/2015, employment as Art Director: Concept development and design direction (Media in Space, scenography, user-experience design and user interface design), development of several media installations (steles, walls, tables, objects, immersive spaces, virtual scopes…), project management for self-commissioned and research projects, time-planning and -management of ~30 employed designers and ~25 freelancers, Supervisor for media design apprentices (streamlined the apprenticeship (trainees and interns), position established by Chamber of Industry and Commerce Berlin), received several awards, clients: Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bank, BMW, VW Autostadt, Bombardier Transportation, Otto Bock, Zurich Airport, Reifenhäuser Group, Haas Group, Wall AG, Hoccer, King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Saudi Aramco), Kongernes Jelling (National Museum of Denmark), Hansol Museum, Museum of the City of Hamburg, German Nautic Museum (Ozeaneum), Berlin Senate, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,…

Pratham e.V., Düsseldorf, 2004 – now, founding member of registered german charity established with the aim of raising awareness and funds for Pratham’s activities. The Goal: Every child in school and learning well. Since its inception in june 2004, Pratham e.V. has raised over €55,000 for Pratham programmes in India and collected over 6500 school books (financed via two Social Media Champaigns on Facebook, Organisation of the »Indo-German Businessforum« (2006, 2008, 2012), with the
participation of Walter Bender (One Laptop per Child Initiative, MIT Boston), Pratham e.V. has grown from the strength of 5 founding members to over 25 volunteers.

Zamp Kelp – Bureau for Architecture, Berlin, 10/2003 – 07/2007, freelancing as Art Director (Jr.): different exhibition-, architecture- and art related projects: architectural drawings: 2D and 3D (details, technical and section drawings), concept visualisation (animations, renderings, information-graphics), coordinated and organized the studios archive, design and realisation of studios website (2003–2005), involvment in architectural projects: Haus vor dem Wind, Kunsthalle Mainz.

yellow too, Berlin, 08/2006 – 10/2006, Media Designer (freelancer): exhibition design, interior design, interaction design, corporate design. Clients: BMW, MINI

Neo.studio, Berlin, 04/2005 – 04/2006, Media Designer (employee, freelancer): exhibition design and architectural projects, visualisations, involvement in exhibitions: »Geliebtes Europa«, »Tradition und Mythos«, »Konstantin der Grosse«

La Mirada, Canary Islands, Tenerife, 10/2004 – 11/2004, Media Designer (freelancer): postproduction for movie production of “El Baron contra los Demonios“.

University of the Arts Berlin, 10/2003 – 12/2004, Employment as tutor of Prof. Schwarz and Prof. Halfmann, coordination of the »Evaluation of the department of Visual Communication«.

FGK Agency for Brandmarketing, Düsseldorf, 10/2001 – 03/2003, Designer (employee): graphic design, desktop-publishing; clients: Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

FGK JUNIORS, Düsseldorf, 02/2002 – 03/2003 founding member of a design unit (consisting of students with different design priorities and marketing-trainees of the agency), development of campaigns for youth brands, clients: Deutscher Kinderschutzbund (German Child Protection League)

Z-Promotions, Düsseldorf, 10/1999 – 10/2000, groupleader for promotion agency (freelancing) in events and promotion events, clients: Pro 7, Shell, Macromarkt

Internships and volontariats: RagTime Software, Hilden, 08/2001 – 09/2001, intern, C++, screen- and web design | BAYER, Leverkusen, 06/1999, intern, intranet = html, css | Dental Technological Laboratory, Düsseldorf, 02/1999 – 05/1999, intern, modelling and working with plastic and plaster | FGK INTERACTIVE, Düsseldorf: 07/1998 – 08/1998, intern, screen-and webdesign | Fotostudio Weigandt, Düsseldorf, 06/1997 – 07/1997, intern, assistent

Exhibitions (latest on top):

Installation at "Glimpses – The Art of Science", NYUAD Arts Center, Octber 13 – 27, 2019

Installation at KuL-Conference: Wadi Al Helo, A Virtual Visit to Cultural Heritage Sites (with Pablo Dornhege, Zlatan Filipovic), Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany, May 23 – 24, 2019

»Plastic Fantastic« Exhibition, NYUAD Project Space, Dec. 16 – 19, 2018

NYUAD Research Conference, showcasing Wadi Al-Helo project, NYUAD, Conference Center (A6), Nov 5 – 7, 2018

ICAHM Annual Meeting 2018, poster presentation: "Non-Inviasive Technologies: Decision Support and Information Dissemination", Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy, Oct 25 – 28, 2018

»Storytelling with Virtual Reality« Exhibition Wadi Al-Helo project, American University of Sharjah, UAE, Sep 25 – 27, 2018

FILE Media Arts Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil, July – September, 2018

Crossroads (group exhibition), PPADD conference (Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines ), American University of Sharjah, Feb 15 – 17, 2018

White Cube – Project Show, NYUAD Art Center, Jan 30 – Feb 25, 2018

ECHO Design Art Technology Festival, Design District, Dubai, UAE, Dec 14 – 16, 2017

PopUp Exhibition, Art Academy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Oct 19 – Nov 19, 2017

FILE Media Arts Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil, July 22 – September 18, 2017

»The Extended Family Room«, New York University Abu Dhabi, Building A5, January 19 – March 30, 2017

Dutch Design Week 2016, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 22–30, 2016, (invitation by Maraya Art Center, project)

Engineers for Social Impact 2016 (Dharavi edition), URBZ Studio, Dharavi, Mumbai, May 20 – June 15, 2016

Joint exhibition: Engineers for Social Impact, Design Fundamentals, Heritage Sites in the UAE, NYUAD, Foyer A5, May 12 – September 15, 2016

Sikka 2016, Dubai Art & Design Week, UAE, March 20 – April 20, 2016

»Corniche Currents«, New York University Abu Dhabi, Building A5, January 21 – March 30, 2016

Digital_ia 15, Media Arts Festival, Media Arts Exhibition, Szczecin, Poland, October 23 – November 30, 2015 (link)

Royal Jelling (permanent exhibition with ART+COM) at Kongernes Jelling, Danish Nationalmuseum Museum, Jelling, Denmark, 06/2015 (project, link)

Salone del Mobile/Milan Expo 2015, Milan, Italy, April 14 – May 14, 2015, (invitation by Maraya Art Center, project, link)

Istanbul Design Week, Istanbul, Turkey, November 5-9, 2014, (invitation by Maraya Art Center, project, link)

Islamopolitan exhibition, Maraya Art Centre, United Arab Emirates, June 3 – August 23, 2014 (project)

Digital_ia bio_kinetic_tech_art Festival, Szczecin, Poland, January 26 – February 28, 2013 (project)

Permanent Media Installation (with ART+COM) at Museum for Hamburg History, Germany, 06/2012 (link)

DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, Germany, June 6–10, 2012 (project)

Subtle Technologies, Toronto, Canada, May 24–27, 2012 (project, exhibition of posters)

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, April 18 – May 28, 2012 (project)

Digital_ia Festival 12, Szczecin, Poland, January 12–14, 2012 (link)

Permanent Media Installation (with ART+COM) at Hansol Art Museum, Oak Valley, Wonju, South Korea, 12/2011

Cartes Flux Media Arts Festival, Helsinki, Finnland, October 18–23, 2011 (link)

Emergeandsee Media Arts Festival, Berlin, Germany, June 3–5, 2011 (link)

Meisterschüler Ausstellung – University of the Arts, Gallery Leapknecht, Berlin, Germany, February 22–27, 2011 (link)

Permanent Media Installation (with ART+COM) at Vatnajökul Nationalpark, Iceland, 06/2010 (project)

DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, Germany, June 9–13 2010 (project)

»GDR, Impressions of a disppaered republic«, Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede, Holland, 10/2009 – 02/2010 (project)

Permanent Media Installation (with ART+COM) at Red Town Hall, Berlin, Germany, 06/2009 (project)

DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, Germany, June 3–7, 2009 (project)

Permanent Media Installation (with ART+COM) at German Oceanic Museum, Stralsund, Germany, 10/2008 (project)

»Gestochen scharf«, Zeppelin-Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany, October 19, 2007 – January 20, 2008 (project)

Innovation Habitat, Seven Days of Innovations, Berlin, Germany, October 2007 (invitation by UdK, project)

Ars Electronica, ARCA 2, Linz, Austria, September 5–11, 2007 (invitation, project 1, project 2)

»Sacral Design«, Galerie Tristesse Deluxe, Berlin, Germany, May 12–20, 2007 (invitation by UdK, project)

Tokyo Designer’s Week, Tokyo, Japan, October 30 – November 3, 2006 (invitation by DMY, project)

London Design Festival, London, Great Britain, September 15–30, 2006 (invitation by Designersblock, project)

Istanbul Design Week, Istanbul, Turkey, September 12–17, 2006 (invitation by Designersblock, project)

Tendence Lifestyle, Frankfurt, Germany, August 25–29, 2006, (invitation by Designersblock, project)

DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, Germany, May 18–21, 2006 (project)

Designtransfer, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany, May 2006 (keybored project, invitation by UdK)

Dorkbot.bln (Transmediale partner event), C-Base, Berlin, Germany, February 6, 2006 (invitation, project)

Monitor Exhibition, Konica Minolta Plaza, Tokyo, Japan, Nov 19 – Dec 8, 2005 (invitation, project)

Solo Exhibition, Sport Klub Helga, Berlin, Germany, October 20 – November 3, 2005 (pictures taken with the DCO: War of the Worlds, Nacting, Gizmo)

Group Exhibition, Cafe Smillas, Berlin, Germany, October, 2005 (pictures taken with the DCO: Nacting Series)

Games Convention, Leipzig, Germany, August 18–21, 2005 (invitation by UdK, project)


ECHO Art Design Technology Festival, Dubai, UAE, cultural advisor, and jury member for ECHO Award, since 2017

Engineering Design Studio, NYUAD (Eng. Dept.), member of the Board of Directors, 2015–2017

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Abu Dhabi, UAE, judge for Innovator Competition, 2016, 2018

IDEA-LAB, New York University Abu Dhabi, Creative Director, 2015–2016

Digital_ia Design & Media Arts Festival, Szczecin, Poland, Curator of exhibition »Re_Manufact«, 2014–2015 (link)

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, Germany, Jury member, 2013–2014


04/2010 – 02/2011: University of the Arts Berlin, Meisterschüler of Prof Joachim Sauter (project)

10/2002 – 07/2007: University of the Arts Berlin, Digital Media Design, Exhibition Design (graduated with high distinction, grade Ø1.0, Diplom (~MA))

10/2004 – 04/2005: Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Exhibition Design

10/1999 – 09/2002: Academy of Communications-Design Düsseldorf, Germany, Visual Communications

09/1998 – 10/1999: Evangelische Melanchthon Kirchengemeinde, Düsseldorf, Germany, community service

07/1985 – 07/1998: Städtisches Gymnasium Gerresheim (SGG), Düsseldorf, Germany, Abitur (grade Ø2.3)