Lev Manovich is an artist, a theorist and a critic of new media. He is the author of The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2000), Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as over fifty articles which have been translated into many languages and published in 20 countries. Currently he is working on a new book provisionally titled Info-aesthetics.
Manovich was born in Moscow (1960) 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 University of Rochester . His Ph.D. dissertation The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Computers traces the origins of computer media, relating it to the avant-garde of the 1920s. Manovich has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since since 1984. His art projects include little movies, the first digital film project designed for the Web (1994-) and Freud-Lissitzky Navigator (1999-), a conceptual software for navigating
twentieth century history. He has been teaching digital art and heory of new media since 1992 at a number of Universities in the U.S. and Europe, including California Institute of the Arts, UCLA Art Center College of Design, University of Amsterdam and Stockholm University. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego.
Utilities for a "manifesto
"Let the thousand data windows open; let the thousand data pockets move through the network; let the thousand gigabits of data fill the hard drive; let the thousand lines of code make the cursor dance on the screen. "