Michael Mandiberg

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Michael Mandiberg
Born (1977-12-22) December 22, 1977 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Education Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, MFA California Institute of the Arts
Known for Internet art
Notable work 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 December 22, 1977) is an American 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.


Mandiberg was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Brown University and received a master of fine arts degree (MFA) from the California Institute of the Arts.


He is an assistant professor in Media Culture at the College of Staten Island[4] and a Fellow at Eyebeam 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]

Print Wikipedia
  • 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. He lately continued the reproduction process by creating an Instagram After Michael Mandiberg account and published filtered and reproduced images on Instagram.[13]
  • 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.
  • Print Wikipedia A visualization of how big Wikipedia is. Includes "spine wallpaper" of 2000 out of 7500 volumes and selected volumes printed out. Entire pdfs for Wikipedia volumes uploaded and available for printing as volumes.[16]


  • 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]

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