His publication The Language of New Media has recieved over 40 reviews and is being translated into Italian, Korean, and Chinese. According to the reviewers, this book offers 'the first rigorous and far-reaching theorization of the subject' (CAA reviews); 'it places new media within the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan' (Telepolis). Manovich's awards include Guggenheim Fellowship 2002-2003, Mellon Fellowship from Cal Arts, 2002 Digital Cultures Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara and 2002 Fellowship from The Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin.
Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts, architecture and computer science. He moved to New York in 1981, receiving an MA in Cognitive Science (NYU, 1988) and a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester (1993). His PhD dissertation The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Computers traces the origins of computer media, relating it to the avant-garde of the 1920s.
Manovich has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since since 1984. His art projects include little movies, the first digital film project designed for the Web (1994), Freud-Lissitzky Navigator, a conceptual software for navigating twentieth century history, and Anna and Andy, a streaming novel (2000).
Manovich has been teaching new media art since 1992. He has also been a visiting professor at California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, University of Amsterdam, Stockholm University, and University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Manovich is in demand to lecture on new media around the world. Since 1999 he has delivered 100 lectures in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Currently Manovich is working on a new book, Info-aesthetics and a digital film project, Soft Cinema.