Lev Manovich (RU/US) believes that software takes command.
Lev Manovich teaches new media art and theory at the University of California, San Diego. He has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer and programmer since 1984.
Born in Moscow, where he studied arts, architecture and computer science, Manovich moved to New York in 1981, where he received a MA in Cognitive Science (NYU) and a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies.
His art projects include Little Movies, microcinema for the Web (1994-97), Freud-Lissitzky Navigator, a game to browse history, or the streaming novel Anna and Andy (2000). His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Digital Cultures Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara, Fellowship from The Zentrum für Literaturforschung Berlin, and Mellon Fellowship from Cal Arts.
Manovich has been teaching new media art since 1992, among them as visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts, University of Amsterdam, Stockholm University, or the University of Art
and Design, Helsinki. He is the author of several book and articles, among them the seminal The Language of New Media (2001) and the book-in-progress Info-Aesthetics. He presented the (ZKM commissioned project) Soft Cinema in V2_'s 2003 Information Is Alive, published the essay 'Metadating' the Image in V2_'s 2003 Making Art of Databases.