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Michael Mandiberg is a interdisciplinary artist, designer and scholar whose work employs each of these methodologies, in part to investigate the significance of their overlap. He creates conceptual art projects, design objects, and publications that explore themes that include environmentalism, systems of exchange, pedagogy, software art, collaboration, Free Culture, and appropriation. He sold all of his possessions online on Shop Mandiberg, made perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrieLevine.com, and created Firefox plugins that highlight the real environmental costs of a global economy on TheRealCosts.com. He is co-author of Digital Foundations and Collaborative Futures. He is the editor of The Social Media Reader. A recipient of residencies and commissions from Eyebeam, Rhizome.org, and Turbulence.org, his work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Ars Electronica, ZKM, and Transmediale. A former Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, he is currently Director of the the New York Arts Practicum, Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and a member of the Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn. His work lives at Mandiberg.com.
Michael Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and educator. His work explores systems of exchange, ranging from financial markets to the sharing based peer-production of Free Culture; from copies of copies of images, to disintegration of identities and the displacement of bodies.
He sold all of his possessions online on his year-long performance and e-commerce website Shop Mandiberg (2001), and made perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrieLevine.com (2001), complete with certificates of authenticity to be signed by the user themselves. The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg (2002), an extensive DIY guide prepared for a life art performance was included by the Electronic Literature Organization as one of the foundational works of electronic literature to be included in the Library of Congress.
He made the first works to use the web browser plug-in as a platform for creating art works. The Real Costs (2007), is a browser plug-in that inserts carbon footprints into airplane travel websites, and Oil Standard (2006), a browser plug-in that converts all prices on any web page in their equivalent value in barrels of oil.
Five years in the making, his most recent project Print Wikipedia goes live September 2014. Print Wikipedia parses the entire Wikipedia database and produces both a 104 volume Table of Contents and 6,228 volumes of the full encyclopedia. The print ready PDFs will be uploaded programmatically to Amazon via the Lulu print on demand service. Each volume is 700 pages, for a total of 4,374,729 pages.
Mandiberg engages in praxis-oriented scholarship and socially engaged programming. He is the co-author of Digital Foundations and Collaborative Futures, and editor of The Social Media Reader and Educational Outliers. He founded and directs the New York Arts Practicum.
He is a recipient of fellowships, residencies and commissions from The Banff Centre, Eyebeam, Rhizome.org, and Turbulence.org. His work has been include in major survey texts of the field, including those by Rachel Greene, Blais and Ippolito, Jana and Tribe, Edward Shanken, and Josephine Bosma. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Ars Electronica, ZKM, and Transmediale. He is an Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and is on the Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He lives and works in Brooklyn; his work lives at Mandiberg.com.