Lev Manovich, a Visual Arts professor at the University of California - San Diego, is the author of several digital media books and founder/director of Software Studies Initiative at California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.[[#_ftn1|[1]]]
His most notable work is “The Language of New Media,” (2001) which is translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Korean, Latvian, Slovenian and Polish. His other works include “Software Takes Command” (2008), “Black Box – White Cube” (2005), “Soft Cinema” (2005) and many other essays and articles that have been published in over 30 countries.
Born in Moscow, Manovich studied fine arts, architecture and computer programming until moving to New York in 1981. He received an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from New York University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester in 1993. \
Cyberculture critic Kate O’Riordan cites Manovich in an essay when discussing the “humanization” of communication technologies. She names him as the chief proponent of the idea that “…the desire to represent photographic realism is a main development path in digital media production,” (244).[[#_ftn2|[2]]]
Software Studies Initiative
According to his web site, Manovich created SSI in 2007 to “facilitate the work in the new emerging field of software studies.” [[#_ftn3|[3]]] His is now working to develop a new paradigm of Cultural Analytics or data mining and visualization of patterns in large cultural data sets.
Achievements:
· National Endowment for the Arts (NEH) Humanities High-Performance Computing (HHPC) grant 2008)
· Guggenheim Fellowship 2002-2003
· 2002 Digital Cultures Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara
· 2002 Fellowship from The Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin
· 1995 Mellon Fellowship from Cal Arts.
· Visiting professor at California Institute of the Arts, SCI-ARC, UCLA, University of Amsterdam, Stockholm University, University of Art and Design (Helsinki), Hong Kong Art Center, University of Siegen (Germany), Gothenberg School of Art.
External Links
[[http: http://www.manovich.net/|Home Page]]
California Institute for Telecommunications and Communication Technology

Software Studies Intiative
Soft Cinema


[[#_ftnref|[1]]] http://www.manovich.net/
[[#_ftnref|[2]]] Gender, Technology, and Visual Cyberculture
Virtually Women:// Essay by Kate O’Riordan, p.244.
[[#_ftnref|[3]]] http://www.manovich.net/bio_000.html