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Lev Manovich is an author of books on digital culture, professor in Computer Science program at City University of New York, Graduate Center, U.S. and a Director of Software Studies Initiative (softwarestudies.com). Manovich research and teaching focuses on digital humanities, new media art and theory, and software studies. His 2001 book The Language of New Media has been translated into nine languages. According to one of the reviewers, "it places new media within the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan". Manovich's new book "Software Takes Command" was published in 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic.
Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts, architecture and computer programming. He moved to New York in 1981, receiving an M.A. in Experimental Psychology (NYU, 1988) and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester (1993). He has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since 1984. His art projects have been presented by, among others, Chelsea Art Museum (New York), ZKM, The Walker Art Center, KIASMA, Centre Pompidou, ICA (London), and Graphic Design Museum (Breda, NL).
In 2007 Manovich founded Software Studies Initiative (softwarestudies.com), The lab is developing Cultural Analytics: computational analysis and visualization of patterns in massive cultural visual datasets such as millions of Instagram photos. The lab's past and present collaborators include Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Getty Research Institute, Austrian Film Museum, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Image and other institutions.