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<37> Lev Manovich

Dr. Lev Manovich ( is an artist, a theorist and a critic of new media. He lectures frequently on new media theory and aesthetics, and has been a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences. He has published more than forty articles which have been translated into many languages and reprinted in eighteen countries. His book "The Language of New Media" will be published by MIT Press in 2000.

In his writings, Manovich places new media within the larger context of modern visual culture, relating it to the histories of art and cinema. Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts and architecture and participated in the underground art shows.

Moving to New York in 1981, he begun working in computer animation in 1984 at Digital Effects, one of the first commercial companies devoted to producing 3D animation for television and film. Manovich received an M.A. in experimental psychology from New York University (1988) and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester (1993).

In 1994 he completed "Little Movies," the first digital film project designed exclusively for the Web. Currently Manovich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego where he teaches studio and theory classes in new media. His articles and projects are available at


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