2003 – MFA Photography and Media Art, California Institute of the Arts
2000 – BA English (with Honors) & Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Brown University
2000 – Degree Project, Photography, Rhode Island School of Design
1998 – Fine Arts Studies, San Francisco Art Institute, Semester Exchange


2004-present, Assistant Professor, Dept of Media Culture, College of Staten Island/City Univ. of New York
2009-2010, Second Year Senior Fellow, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York
2008-2009, Senior Fellow, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York
2007-2008, Research Fellow, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York
2003-2004, Full-time Faculty, Dept of Multimedia, Art Institute of Orange County


2010     Collaborative Futures, co-author, FLOSSmanuals Press
Six core authors spent five days in a hotel room in Berlin collaboratively writing a book about collaboration. Online and in print.

2009     Fundamentos Digitales: Introducción al diseño de medios con FLOSS, xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg, translated to Spanish by Jennifer Dopazo of the community, FLOSSmanuals Press
The entire text of Digital Foundations using FLOSS was translated to Spanish using the FLOSSmanuals translation framework, and made publicly available on

2009     Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with FLOSS, xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg, translated to FLOSS by the community, FLOSSmanuals Press
We recreated Digital Foundations from Adobe to Open Source applications with the community. In print and on

2008 – Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite, xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg, New Riders/AIGA Design Press
Digital Foundations teaches classic design principles through historical examples and the basic digital tools of Adobe’s Creative Suite in one cohesive book. The book integrates formal exercises of the Bauhaus “basic course” into tutorials that focus on core software methodologies.

Selected Internet Art Works

2009 –, is a Google maps upgrade that calculates gas consumption and emissions along with trip directions.

2008 – 31 Acts, with Marisa Olson,
A web project that turns Marisa Olson’s act of writing her dissertation into an online performance. Marisa’s computer automatically captures a screen shot and photo of her every minute, uploading them to the site, so everyone can watch the progression of her writing.

2007 – Real Costs,
Real Costs is a Firefox plug-in that calculates the environmental impact of air travel by adding CO2 emissions data to airfare websites such as,,, etc. It is like nutrition information labeling for airplane emissions.

2006 – Oil Standard,
Oil Standard is a Firefox plug-in that converts all prices on a webpage into barrels of crude oil, exploring the moment when oil replace(d) gold as the standard by which we trade all goods and currencies.

2005 – IN Network, with Julia Steinmetz,
In preparation for a long-distance relationship we switched our cell phone plan to the same network for free calls. Six months into the nine-month separation, this project documents the extent to which our relationship was conducted through technology and how this technology changed our relationship.

2004 – Bush Poll,
There are 153 persons named George Bush in the US phone directory; during the run up to the 2004 election I performed an opinion survey about their political opinions, their polarization over political issues, and their potential reflection of an American people divided over their Presidential representation.

2002 – The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg
A do it yourself guide to performing the character known as Michael Mandiberg, with extensive diagrams, photographs, and descriptions; prepared for The Exchange Program.

2002 – The Exchange Program,
8 people switch places and lives for 10-15 days, using each other’s names and ATM cards, hanging out with their friends and family, and attempting to live each other’s lives; I initiated, coordinated and participated in this project.

2001 –,
In 1979 Sherrie Levine photographed 22 of Walker Evan’s depression era photographs as a comment on authorship, and reproduction. I made hi-resolution scans of these images, and made them available for download and printing, complete with certificates of authenticity to be signed by the user. Whereas a certificate of authenticity is conventionally used to preserve the economic value of an art object through a limited edition, here the certificate is used to create an art object that accrues cultural value by negotiating art history and theory, yet which has little or no economic value.

2001 – Michael Mandiberg Freelance Conceptual Artist,
2001 – Shop Mandiberg,
On New Year’s Day 2001, I launched Shop Mandiberg, a fully functional e-commerce site which marketed and sold all my possessions. In April I added the sale of my time with the section entitled Michael Mandiberg Freelance Conceptual Artist. This performance lasted for the entirety of 2001, closing on New Year’s Eve, during which time I sold roughly one third of my possessions. The site exists as it appeared on the last day of business, with the ability to purchase removed.

Exhibitions and Reviews

Coming soon