Lev Manowitsch

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Lev Manowitsch in Brussels in October 2007

Lev Manowitsch ( Russian Лев Манович , scientific transliteration Lev Manovič ; * 1960 in Moscow ) is a Russian - American media theorist, critic and artist . Since 2013 he has been a professor in the Graduate Computer Science Program at the City University of New York (CUNY) . Previously, he taught fine arts, art and theory of new media at the University of California in San Diego and at Danube University Krems. His book The Language of New Media received over 50 reviews in the trade press and has been translated into Italian, Korean, Polish and Chinese. Critics speak of the "first rigorous and comprehensive theoretical description of the topic" (CAA reviews), it places the new media "in the most appealing and far-reaching media history since Marshall McLuhan " (Telepolis).


Manowitsch studied art, architecture and computer science in Moscow. In 1981 he moved to New York , where he obtained a Master of Arts in cognitive science from New York University and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies ( University of Rochester , 1993). His dissertation The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Computers traces the origins of computer media back to the artistic avant-garde of the 1920s.

Manowitsch has been working as an artist, computer animator, graphic designer and programmer with computer media since 1984. His art projects include several short films, including the first digital internet film project (1994), the Freud-Lissitzky Navigator, conceptual software for navigating through 20th century history, and Anna and Andy , a streaming-ready novel. His works have been included in several important international exhibitions of new media arts. In 2002 the London Institute of Contemporary Arts presented a mini retrospective entitled Lev Manovich: Adventures of Digital Cinema .

Manowitsch has been teaching since 1992 and has accepted visiting professorships at the California Institute of the Arts , the University of California in Los Angeles , the University of Amsterdam and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. He is also a popular guest speaker. Since 1999 he has given over 180 lectures on new media in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Manowitsch is currently working on a new book called Info-aesthetics. His most recent art project called Soft Cinema was supported by the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, where it was part of the Future Cinema exhibition in 2002 and 2003, before moving to Helsinki and Tokyo in 2003 and 2004.

Manowitsch's works have received several awards, including a Guggenheim grant 2002–2003, a Digital Cultures grant from the University of California in Santa Barbara 2002, a grant from the Center for Literary Research in Berlin 2002 and a Mellon grant from the California Institute of the Arts 1995.

Works (excerpt)

  • Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture . Chicago University Press, Chicago, USA 1993.
  • The Language of New Media . MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, USA 2001.
  • Black box - white cube. Merve Verlag , Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-88396-197-3 .

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Computer-Science/Faculty-Bios/Lev-Manovich
  2. ^ Department page ( Memento June 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) at the University of California

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