Michael Mandiberg

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Michael Mandiberg
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Born December 22nd, 1977
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Education Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, MFA California Institute of the Arts
Known for Internet art
Notable work(s) Shop Mandiberg, The Red Project, Oil Standard, The Real Costs
Awards Turbulence Project Award, Rhizome Commission, 2007-08 Eyebeam Fellowship, 2008-09 Eyebeam Senior Fellow

Michael Mandiberg (born 1977) is an artist, programmer, designer and educator.

Mandiberg describes himself as "an appropriationist at heart. I derive visual inspiration from the Internet, conceptual art, design, the end of print and the dying American empire. My work is both formal and poetic. I use words and symbols as tools to provoke reflection on our society and its effluvia." [1]

His works have been exhibited at venues including the New Museum for Contemporary Art located in New York City, transmediale Festival[2] in Berlin, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM)[3] in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Ars Electronica Center located in Linz, Austria. His work has also been featured in books like Tribe and Jana’s New Media Art, Greene’s Internet Art, and Blais and Ippolito’s At the Edge of Art.[1] Mandiberg has been written about by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Berliner Zeitung, and Wired (magazine).

Background[edit]

Mandiberg was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Brown University and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the California Institute for the Arts.

Career[edit]

He is an assistant professor in Media Culture at the College of Staten Island[4] and a Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City. He is also a founding member of Eyebeam’s Sustainability Research Group. Some of his art work, such as "How Much It Costs Us," focuses on the idea of Intervention Art, wherein the goal is to cause viewers/users to be more aware of environmental implications of some seemingly harmless actions; for example, driving from point A to point B. In "How Much It Costs Us," the goal is to show how much gas it takes to drive from one place to another and in doing so, one might think twice before taking a road-trip in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Mandiberg is the author of "Digital Foundations," a book which teaches the Bauhaus Basic Course through design software. This work received praise from esteemed creatives such as Ellen Lupton and C.E.B. Reas.[5] He is a writer for Digital Foundations and Anti-Advertising Agency blogs. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn.

Mandiberg founded New York Arts Practicum, "a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world."[6] He also convened the event Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education at City University of New York on April 11, 2013 [7] which led to a special issue of the academic journal Social Text[8] and a yearlong seminar on similar topics co-organized with Carla Herrera-Prats, Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, and Jennifer Stoops.[9]

Notable works[edit]

  • Shop Mandiberg was an Internet art piece from 2001 in which Michael Mandiberg offered every last thing he owned for sale on the Shop Mandiberg site. From clothing to half used tubes of toothpaste. By the time the store was closed he had sold over 100 items.[10]
  • AfterSherrieLevine.com and AfterWalkerEvans.com which Mandiberg scanned and posted online the photos that Sherrie Levine rephotographed of Walker Evans.[11] A self described "one-liner art prank"[12] given more recursion by placing the work online so it can be printed out, thus creating another reproduction. Another artist Bujar Bala, downloaded scanned photos from AfterWalkerEvans.com and uploaded them on jalbum.net creating an online photo album named After Michael Mandiberg.[13] Album is even available as an iPhone app.
  • Oil Standard - commissioned by Turbulence.org[14] is a Firefox plugin that replaces prices on e-commerce websites with the equivalent cost in barrels of crude oil.[15]
  • The Real Costs - is a Firefox plugin that inserts carbon emissions data into travel websites. He is currently working on a version that will work with car rentals, car directions and shipping websites.
  • How Much It Costs Us is an internet website created in 2009 done by web scraping, which allows users to calculate the financial and carbon cost of driving, depending on what kind of gas you buy, what car you drive and your destination. The output of carbon is shown in pounds.
  • The Bright Bike is a website describing Michael Mandiberg's latest project, Bright Bike. A Do-It-Yourself project, adding retroreflective vinyl coating to make bicycles visible to other vehicles.
  • Bright Idea Shade is a project, which makes the use of CFL bulb better by creating shade for the bare bulb using heat resistant photo diffuser material. Mandiberg has been working on this project with fellow research group member Steve Lambert.

Publications[edit]

  • Michael Mandiberg (Editor), The Social Media Reader, New York University Press 2012
  • xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg, Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite, New Riders/AIGA Design Press 2008[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Press Release for "The Great Recession" exhibition at Pacific Northwest College of Art
  2. ^ Transmediale website
  3. ^ ZKM's archive
  4. ^ Faculty profile at College of Staten Island website
  5. ^ a b Website for the published book "Digital Foundations"
  6. ^ Arts Practicum website
  7. ^ Center for the Humanities website
  8. ^ Social Text Journal
  9. ^ Extra Institutional Education seminar website
  10. ^ Von Tilman Baumgärtel "Der Ausverkauf des Selbsts" Berliner Zeitung, 05 February 2001
  11. ^ Suzanne Muchnic "A cut-and-paste festival"Los Angeles Times, 26 October 2003
  12. ^ Text intro from AfterWalkerEvans.com
  13. ^ (http://bujarbala.jalbum.net After Michael Mandiberg)
  14. ^ Announcement of the commission
  15. ^ Dan Mitchell Google Finance: A Portal Play?, New York Times, March 26, 2006

External links[edit]

  • Mandiberg.com Official website
  • Wired Magazine article on Mandiberg's IN Network piece from April 21, 2005.
  • [1] - video of studio visit with Michael Mandiberg October 2009