Lev Manovich


Syracuse University


School of Visual and Performing Arts and Department of Art and Media Studies


Syracuse, New York, US


Dr. Lev Manovich is an expert on digital art and culture. He is professor of Computer Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY and director, Cultural Analytics Lab. Manovich is the author of influential books such as The Language of New Media (2001), Software Takes Command (2013), and Instagram and Contemporary Image (2017).


Artist and Author

Art Works:

Writings and Presentations:

Title: The Engineering of Vision and the Aesthetics of Computer Art
Writing Type: Paper
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1994: Art and Design Show
Abstract Summary:

The rise of modern image indus­tries, such as computer graphics, human factors research, or com­puter vision, can be seen as a part of the shift to the post-industrial society of perceptual labor. In contemporary society, human
vision has become the key instru­ment of labor: the channel of communication between human and machine. If the industry aims to make human vision as produc­tive and as efficient as possible, the computer artist, in contrast, can be defined as a designer of bad interfaces: interfaces that are inefficient, wasteful, confusing.

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Title: The Mapping of Space
Writing Type: Essay
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1993: Machine Culture
Abstract Summary:

1991 saw two events, of different importance and seemingly unrelated. One was the longawaited publication in English of what can probably be called the single most influential essay of modern art history-Erwin Panofsky’s Die Perspektive als ‘Symbolische Form.’ 1 The interest generated around the re-emergence of this legendary essay, written in 1924-1925, demonstrates that the problem of perspectival representation is still felt to be relevant to contemporary culture. The second event was the Gulf War, the outcome of which was largely predetermined by Western superiority in the techniques of perspectival representation.

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