Artforum article and my work in a show at OSU


Jennifer W. Leung reviewed my solo exhibition this summer, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, October’s Artforum. I am grateful to her for writing something really thoughtful that I have learned from. It was in the October print edition, so you need to be a subscriber to view it online.


Print Wikipedia is included in the exhibition, A to 12 at the Hopkins Hall Gallery at Ohio State University. I’m delighted to be in the company of artists who I admire and respect: Andy Warhol, Carmen Winant, Ed Ruscha, Lenka Clayton, Natalie Bookchin, William E. Jones, Christian Marclay, Shana Lutker and John Baldessari. Particular shout out to Natalie Bookchin, one of my graduate school advisors. It was curated by Kris Paulsen’s excellent class; I was really impressed with them.

Print Wikipedia: Mission Accomplished

After 24 days, 3 hours, and 18 minutes, Print Wikipedia was fully uploaded on July 12. Over 7,600 volumes have been uploaded for print-on-demand to In August I will show one volume and a video from the upload process in the exhibition at the ISEA conference in Vancouver. I’ll be selling and showing a few volumes in the Internet Yami-ichi at Knockdown Center on September 12th. It has been exciting to see this project fully realized and come to fruition, thank you to everyone who has shown their support.

New Press:
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times, Print Wikipedia Project Reaches Final Entry 
Beckett Mufson, The Creators Project, What We Learned from Printing Wikipedia as a Book
Casey Quackenbush, New York Observer, Print Wikipedia Fully Uploaded, But No Buyer now features an infinite scroll of all 7,473 volumes, 91 volumes of the Table of Contents and the 36 volume Contributor Appendix. Each book icon links to that volume’s page.

During the upload process I really enjoyed seeing the stream of juxtaposed titles on the @PrintWikipedia twitter feed. Here are a few of my favorites:


Two new videos and more Print Wikipedia press

Check out a new video from the Wikimedia Foundation, shot by Victor Grigas, which gives a great brief overview of Print Wikipedia:


Also, here is another great video on the project put together by

More press coverage on the project from:

Jennifer Schuessler, The New York TimesMoving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves

Will Greenberg, The Washington PostEver wondered what a $500,000 version of Wikipedia would look like?

Casey Quackenbush, The New York Observer, Artist Converts Wikipedia to Print- Maybe It’s Not Dead After All

Blake Gopnik, Artnet News, Artist Michael Mandiberg Is Selling a Hard Copy of All 7,473 Volumes of Wikipedia as Art at Denny Gallery

Nicole Walsh, VICEMeet the Man Printing Wikipedia as a Book


Dan Damon, BBC World UpdateWhy Print Copies of Wikipedia?

Print Wikipedia featured in The New York Times, exhibition opens

My solo exhibition at Denny Gallery has already gotten some really great press! I’m deeply honored to be featured in a New York Times article published on Tuesday. Other articles are out in the Washington Post, the New York Observer and ARTnews.



Today is the opening of the exhibition that will launch Print Wikipedia: a new artwork in which custom software transforms the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia into 7,471 of volumes and uploads them for print-on-demand. I’m excited to be launching this project in a solo exhibition, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, at Denny Gallery in New York, on view from June 18th to July 2nd.

During the first weekend of the exhibition (June 18th-21st), the gallery will be open 24 hours as the computer continues the upload process without pause. If you aren’t able to visit the gallery in person, you can follow the process on Twitter; we will post to the @PrintWikipedia Twitter account after it finishes each volume.

I wrote about GamerGate, peer production, anonymous and Wikipedia

social text gamergate


We at Art+Feminism have been asked by a number of folks about our thoughts on the Wikipedia Arbitration Committee’s decision on the Gamergate controversy page. We started writing a short response that ended up in the Dazed Digital article on Art+Feminism, but I kept writing. The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production is up on Social Text. The core of what I wrote: there are two separate battles over misogyny and collaboration that have merged here, and they foreground the affective labor of editing Wikipedia.

The Social Media Reader reviewed in Neural

The Social Media Reader tabled

Alessandro Ludovico reviewed The Social Media Reader for Neural, calling the book:

a well-curated anthology which portrays social networks as they are: as an incredibly popular phenomenon of contemporary communication whose rapid success in some respects epitomizes the precariousness and limitless of online media in general. Social media are nowadays considered absolutely essential for any online business (and personal reputation too) but at the same time there’s an embarrassing lack of tools and agreed strategies for living (and surviving) in these specific environments, much less a more general objective evaluation of their huge impact on changes to the perception of reality.

The review is included in the current print issue, and available online in English and Italian.

TO LIFE Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet

I am honored to be included in Linda Weintraub’s new book TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet (UC Press). The book has chapters on each of the artists/collectives; her chapter on my work explores Oil Standard and The Real Costs. Weintraub has created an entire website that includes useful teaching guides for use in the classroom. From the description:

To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z, presenting a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm’s anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow’s 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc wreaked upon the planet by global warming. This text is the first international survey of twentieth and twenty-first-century artists who are transforming the global challenges facing humanity and the Earth’s diverse living systems. Their pioneering explorations are situated at today’s cultural, scientific, economic, spiritual, and ethical frontiers. The text guides students of art, design, environmental studies, and interdisciplinary studies to integrate environmental awareness, responsibility, and activism into their professional and personal lives.

Edward A. Shanken on Investigatory Art

Edward A. Shanken has published a new essay entitled “Investigatory art: Real-time systems and network culture” in which he links circa 1970 work of Hans Haacke and Jack Burnham to new media work from the mid 90’s to the present. He has picked some of my favorite pieces by Heath Bunting, Josh On, UBERMORGEN et al, and Beatrice da Costa, as well as my own work. Shanken writes:

Mandiberg’s Real Costs (2007) gives real-time feedback on the environmental impact of travel; it consists of a Firefox plug-in that anyone can download and install in their browser. When searching for flights from commercial travel websites such as, the plug-in inserts Co2 emissions information into the results. When looking up airfares the user retrieves not only the price in dollars but also the ‘real cost’ in terms of carbon emissions for the journey by plane, car, bus, and train, as well as the number of tree-years required to offset the pollution and the annual per capita carbon emissions by country.

By providing the user with instantaneous feedback about the environmental consequences of their travel choices, Real Costs harnesses the potential of real-time systems to, in Burnham’s words, ‘gather and process data … in time to effect future events within those environments’. Indeed, similar programs have been adopted by municipal public transportation systems, such as the HKL in Helsinki. In this example, an artist’s innovative work not only creates awareness in an art context but also anticipates and provides a model for similar applications in a larger social context.

The Social Media Reader Creative Commons PDF on

The Social Media Reader coverThe Social Media Reader is now available as a Creative Commons licensed PDF on The book is CC BY-SA-NC licensed; all but one of the chapters are CC BY-SA or CC BY. also hosts an EPUB and Kindle version as well.

The Social Media Reader (ed. Michael Mandiberg) is a collection of essays exploring the rise of participatory culture, and the ensuing blurring of the boundaries between creators and audiences. The book features key essays from the major authors in the field, including Chris Anderson, Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Henry Jenkins, Lawrence Lessig, Tim O’Reilly, Jay Rosen, Clay Shirky, and Siva Vaidhyanathan.


The Social Media Reader reviewed on Hyperallergic

The Social Media Reader - first sighting

An Xiao reviewed The Social Media Reader on Hyperallergic, writing:

Enter the The Social Media Reader, a new book from NYU Press edited and put together by artist and professor Michael Mandiberg. Mandiberg, who teaches teaches design and digital media at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and whose projects have influenced a number of new media and social media projects, was hoping to fill a void in social media literature.

The book makes for excellent reading and includes the work of famous essayists like Tim O’Reilly’s What Is Web 2.0, Lawrence Lessig’s look at remix culture and the law, Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail and Clay Shirky’s Gin, Television and Social Surplus. My favorite is a new piece from danah boyd, who reflects on the always-on lifestyle afforded by new media and social media.

Read the full review here.