Lev Manovich

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media theorist, critic, artist

Lev Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts, architecture and computer science. He moved to New York in 1981, receiving an M.A. in Cognitive Science [NYU, 1988] and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester [1993].
Currrently, Manovich, who has been teaching new media art and theory since 1992, is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department of the University of California at San Diego [USA]. He has also been a visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, the Art Center College of Design, the University of Amsterdam, Stockholm University, and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.
His publications include The Language of New Media [MIT Press, 2001], Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture [Chicago University Press, 1993], as well as numerous articles on digital culture and media, which were published internationally. Currently, he is working on a new book, entitled Info-aesthetics .
Manovich has been working with computer media as an artist, animator, designer, and programmer since since 1984. His projects include "Little Movies" [1994], the first digital film project designed for the web, the "Freud-Lissitzky Navigator" [1999], a conceptual software for navigating twentieth century history, and "Anna and Andy", [1999-2000],a streaming novel.

Grants and Fellowships | Group Exhibitions | Projects | Bibliography | Recommended Links

Grants and Fellowships ::

Guggenheim Fellowship [USA] 2002-2003; Digital Culture Fellow, The Digital Cultures Project, University of California, Santa Barbara [USA], 2002; Fellow, The Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin [D], 2002; Humanities Center Fellowship, University of California at San Diego [USA], 2000; Critic in residence, Medienlabor München, Munich [D], 1996; Mellon Fellowship in Art Criticism, California Institute of the Arts [USA], 1995-1996; Research Grant, Center in Russian and East European Studies, University of Illinois [USA], 1991; Dean's Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University [USA] 1987-1988.


Group Exhibitions ::

"Mapping the web infome", New Langton Arts, San Francisco [USA]
"Multimedia and Contemporary Art", [virtual exhibition curated by Mathieu Copeland]
"SHIFT-CTRL", University Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside [USA]

"Archiving as Art", ISEA, Paris [F]
"Artist Entertainment Network", [online exhibition for "Let's Entertain", Walker Art Center, Minneapolis [USA] - (travelling to: Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2000; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2000; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, 2001; Miami Art Museum, 2001.)

"Cinema and Architecture Biannual", Graz [A]
"Digital Arts and Culture '99", Atlanta [USA]
"Cybermedia Arts Festival", Lisbon [P]
"Viadarte - Festival de Video y Artes Electronicas", Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City [MEX]

"net_condition", ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [D]
"Contact Zones: The Art of the CD-ROM", The Herbert F.Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University [USA] - traveling exhibition.

"offline@online", French-Baltic-Nordic Video and New Media Festival, Talinn [EST] "Digital Studies: Being In Cyberypace", [an on-line exhibition for new media art and theory, co-organized by Mark Amerika and Alex Galloway]

"Can you Digit it?", PostMasters Gallery, New York [USA]

"Photography After Photography", Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich [D] - traveling exhibition
"Ars Electronica", Linz [A]

"ISEA 94 - 5th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Media Lounge, Helsinki [FIN]


Projects : Web-based Works and Applications ::

"DATA BEAUTIFUL. [An Adventure in Info-Aesthetics]", 2001

"FROZE 01" , 2001

"Anna and Andy: a Streaming Novel | Emotional Movie Engine", 1999-2000

"Top Portals", 2000

"Freud-Lissitzky Navigator", 1999

"Database of Provincial Life", 1997 -

"Little Movies: Prolegomena for Early Cinema",1994-1997

"Reality Generator", 1995-


Bibliography ::
Selected Books and Articles by L. Manovich:

"The Poetics of Augmented Space," in Everett, Anna/Caldwell, John [eds.]: Digitextuality, Routledge, 2002 (forthcoming); "Old Media as New Media: Cinema," in Harries, Dan [ed.]: The New Media Book, London: BFI Publishing, forthcoming 2002; The- language of new media, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2001; "What's Old is New Again," in Artbyte, 2001; "Modern Surveillance Machines: Perspective, Radar, 3-D Computer Graphics, and Computer Vision," in Levin, Thomas Y./Frohne, Ursula/Weibel, Peter [eds.]: CTRL [SPACE]. Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother, Karlsruhe: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie and Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2001; "Post-media Aesthetics," in ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie [ed.]: DisLocations, 2001; "Internet as an Agent of Modernization," in Scholder, Amy/Crandall, Jordan [ed.]: Artistic Practice in the Network, New York: Eyebeam Atelier, 2001; "Beyond Broadband: Macro-media and Micro-media," in Lovink, Geert [ed.]: net.congestion reader, Amsterdam, 2000; "Alien Visions: Computer Simulation and the History of Illusionism," in Huhtamo, Erkki [ed.], Helsinki: KIASMA, 2000; "Digital Compositing, Montage and Anti-Montage," in Texte zur Kunst, 1999; "Avant-Garde as Software," in Kovats, Stephen [ed.]: Ostranenie, Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag, 1999 [Engl./Ger.]; "Navigable Space," in Beller, Hans/ Emele, Martin/Schuster, Michael [eds.]: ONSCREEN/OFFSCREEN. Grenzen, übergänge und Wandel des filmischen Raumes, Stuttgart: Cantz, 1999; "Freud-Lissitzky Navigator. Game Narrative" [with Norman Klein], in SWITCH 5, no. 2: The Games Issue, 1999; "'We could be better ancestors than this' : ethics and first principles for the art of the digital age", in Lunenfeld, Peter [ed.]: The digital dialectic : new essays on new media, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999; "An Archeology of a Computer Screen," in Kunstforum International, 1995, and in NewMediaTopia, Moscow: Soros Center for the Contemporary Art, 1995; Efimova, Alla/ Manovich, Lev [eds.]: Tekstura : Russian essays on visual culture, edited and translated by Alla Efimova and Lev Manovich; foreword by Stephen Bann, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994; "The Labor of Perception: Electronic Art in Post-Industrial Society," in ISEA '94. Fifth International Symposium on Electronic Art Proceedings, Helsinki: University of Art and Design, 1994; The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Computer, [Ph.D. dissertation, University of Rochester, 1993].


Recommended Links ::

- > Lev Manovich : Homepage ::

- > Soft Cinema, 2002

° Texts by Lev Manovich :

- > Overview of selected articles and interviews online

- > Lev Manovich: "What is Digital Cinema"

- > Lev Manovich: "Macrocinema" |.doc]
[published in: Manovich, L., The Language of New Media, 2001]

- > Lev Manovich: "Database as a Symbolic Form", 1998 [.rtf]

- > Manovich, Lev: The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Computer
[Ph.D. dissertation, University of Rochester, 1993].