Michael Mandiberg is an artist, programmer, designer and educator. His work varies from web applications about environmental impact to conceptual performances about subjectivity, to laser cut lampshades for Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs.
His work includes:
-HowMuchItCosts.us, a car direction site that incorporates the financial and carbon cost of driving;
-Digital Foundations: an Intro to Media Design, a textbook that teaches formal principles through design software;
-The Real Costs, a browser plug-in that inserts carbon footprints into airplane travel & car directions websites;
-Oil Standard, a browser plug-in that converts prices on any web page into their value in barrels of oil;
-Year long performance and e-commerce website Shop Mandiberg, which sold all of his possessions;
-AfterSherrieLevine.com, where he made hi-resolution scans of the Walker Evans images rephotographed by Sherrie Levine available, complete with certificates of authenticity to be signed by the user themselves;
-The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg, an extensive DIY guide prepared for a life art.
He is a founding member of Eyebeam's Sustainability Research Group which developed the Eco-Vis Design Challenge and the Feedback exhibition. Working with fellow group member Steve Lambert, he has created the Bright Idea Shade, a Creative Commons licensed lampshade for bare CFL lightbulbs.
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
Scholarship / Publications
Michael’s work has been exhibited at such venues as the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Transmediale Festival, Berlin. His work has been featured in such books as Tribe and Jana’s New Media Art, Blais and Ippolito’s At the Edge of Art, and Greene’s Internet Art. He is a recipient of grants and residencies from Eyebeam, Rhizome.org, and Turbulence.org/Jerome Foundation. The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg, was selected by the Electronic Literature Organization as one of the foundational works of electronic literature to be included in the Library of Congress.