Born 1960 in Moscow. Studied fine arts, architecture and computer science. M.A. in cognitive science from NYU (1988) and Ph.D. in visual and cultural studies from University of Rochester (1993). Professor of visual arts at University of California in San Diego, where he teaches new media art and theory.
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 University of Rochester 1993. 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 1984. His art projects include little movies, the first digital film project designed for the Web (1994), Freud-Lissitzky Navigator, a conceptual software for navigating twentieth century history, and Anna and Andy, a streaming novel (2000). His works has been included in many key international exhbitions of new media art. In 2002 ICA in London presented his mini-retrospective under the title Lev Manovich: Adventures of Digital Cinema.
Manovich has been teaching new media art since 1992. He has also been a visiting professor at California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, University of Amsterdam, Stockholm University, and University of Art and Design, Helsinki.
Manovich is in demand to lecture on new media around the world. Since 1999 he has delivered over 180 lectures in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Currently Manovich is working on a new book Info-aesthetics. His most recent art project is Soft Cinema which was commissioned by ZKM for the exhibition Future Cinema (2002-2003; traveling to Helsinki and Tokyo in 2003-2004).
Manovich's awards include Guggenheim Fellowship 2002-2003, 2002 Digital Cultures Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara, 2002 Fellowship from The Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin, and 1995 Mellon Fellowship from Cal Arts.
- Manovich, Lev : Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture, Chicago University Press, USA, 1993.
- Manovich, Lev : The Language of New Media, MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, USA, 2001.
- Digital Constructivism: What Is European Software? An exchange between Lev Manovich and Geert Lovink. November 1998. http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-9811/msg00063.html