Lev Manovich is author of seven books including Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as 'the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.' Manovich is professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big visual cultural data. In 2013 he appeared on the list of '25 People Shaping the Future of Desig'". In 2014 he was included in the list of '50 Most Interesting People Building the Future' (The Verge).
Lev Manovichhas 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.