Michael Mandiberg








Born 1977 in Detroit, MI. Lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Michael Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist whose work crosses multiple forms in order to trace the lines of political and symbolic power as it takes shape online. Building on the conceptual tradition, Mandiberg orders and reorders information, remixing the forms in which they manifest or solidify. While technically sophisticated, Mandiberg’s work eschews the novelty of new technology in favor of an exploration of appropriation, the digital vernacular, the ways in which these new technologies impact our lives, and the politics and poetics of technological subjectivities.

Mandiberg received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Brown University. Mandiberg is a Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and is on the Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mandiberg is also founder of the New York Arts Practicum and co-founder of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia. Mandiberg’s projects have been presented at Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), The New Museum (New York, NY), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France), Denny Gallery (New York, NY), Art-in-Buildings Financial District (New York, NY), Project Space, Arizona State University Library/Museum (Tempe, AZ),  Eyebeam (New York, NY), and Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) among others. Mandiberg’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and 21c Museum. Their work has been featured and reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and The Wall Street Journal. Michael Mandiberg is represented by Denny Gallery (New York).

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Virtual Exhibitions:

The Zoom Paintings
Walker Evans Revisited
Kunsthal Helmond
10.03.2023 - 03.03.2023
Information Wants to be Free?: Art and the Internet
Nanyang Technological University
03.25.2022 - 05.13.2022
The Society of Individuals
MoCA Busan
12.11.2020 - 05.02.2021
Live Study
Whitney Museum of American Art
01.01.2019 - 12.31.2019
01.01.2017 - 01.01.2018
In the Stacks: Print Wikipedia
Arizona State University
02.24.2016 - 05.01.2016
October 20, 2022 Press

Michael Mandiberg in The Brooklyn Rail

Michael Mandiberg’s new media work makes a kind of Allan Sekula-like move to position art and its practices within a social and technological history attached to labor relations.

June 20, 2022 Artists, Events, Press

Michael Mandiberg on Camera Austria

In their film Postmodern Times (2017), Michael Mandiberg recre-ates Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) shot by shot using free-lancers employed via the digital labor platform Fiverr.

May 11, 2022 Events, Press

Information Wants to Be Free?

The exhibition opens with Michael Mandiberg’s ‘Print Wikipedia’ installation, a striking visualisation of the decentralised knowledge sharing project Wikipedia.

December 22, 2021 Press

Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe Reviewed in Hyperallergic

Michael Mandiberg’s Timeframe exhibition gives the viewer a window into a period of time when they had to deal with the breakdown of their own body.

November 10, 2021 Artists

Catalog for Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe

Published to coincide with the artist’s solo exhibition by the same name, Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe reviews two new bodies of work – Zoom Paintings and Live Study. The catalog includes essays by Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art; danilo machado, poet and curator; and Michael Mandiberg. 10 x 7 inches/25 x 18 cm 102 pages Softcover Language: English Read the catalog online Visit exhibition website, Timeframe.

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November 02, 2021 Press

Michael Mandiberg featured in Artnet News: “Editors’ Picks: From New KAWS Works at Skarstedt to Persian Poetry”

Michael Mandiberg presents two ongoing bodies of work related to themes of memory, illness, and building relationships through work and learning.

Read on artnet.

May 17, 2021 Outside Exhibitions

Live Study Commissioned by the Whitney Museum

artport is the Whitney Museum’s portal to Internet art and an online gallery space for commissions of net art and new media art. Originally launched in 2001, artport provides access to original art works commissioned specifically for artport by the Whitney.

December 03, 2020 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the Economist

Review of Michael Mandiberg’s “The Zoom Paintings” in The Economist.

November 30, 2020 Press

Michael Mandiberg: The Zoom Paintings in Artland

We have selected and spoken to artists living and working in Berlin, Denmark, and New York City to reveal new artistic perspectives that their isolating experience created, taking inspiration from proximity, the feeling of home, the airy and empty cities as well as transforming the now constant digital experiences into tangible pieces.

Read on Artland.

November 10, 2020 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s “The Zoom Paintings” featured in Artnet

For this upcoming exhibition, launching November 12th,  the works will be presented in the digital sphere where they were born. The gallery will present the artworks on a public Zoom every day through the run of the show.

Read on Artnet.

October 13, 2020 Events

Michael Mandiberg named a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow

NYFA has awarded $588,000 to 85 New York State artists working in Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts.

Read on NYFA.

October 08, 2018 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the New York Times

Appropriation goes both ways, and increasingly it’s being seen as a creative freedom for writers who have been excluded from the literary canon.

June 22, 2018 Artists, Press

Michael Mandiberg Reviewed in Neutral

Michael Mandiberg’s “Quantified Self Portrait (One Year Performance)” continues a whole thread in media art about defining a portrait not through a face, but intimate data univocally connected to the person.

Read on Neutral.

December 19, 2017 Artists, Press

Michael Mandiberg’s Manifesto in Garage

New York artist Michael Mandiberg takes an organized approach to GARAGE’s My Manifesto series, employing project management app Trello.

Read on Garage.

February 16, 2017 Events

Michael Mandiberg discusses “Workflow” at LACMA

Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Michael Mandiberg discusses his project “Workflow” currently installed in various locations at LACMA.

Read on LACMA.

January 22, 2017 Press

Michael Mandiberg is one of Artsy’s “20 Artists for the Trump Era”

Many artists are engaging with social practice and other forms of activism that both challenge positions Trump has taken and actively work to craft a better world.

Read on Artsy.

January 13, 2017 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured in the Brooklyn Rail

Eight years to the day from Lehman’s failure, artist and educator Michael Mandiberg debuted his current exhibition, FDIC Insured, which captures the extent of this financial unraveling in a clear-eyed site-specific installation tucked away in a vacant office on the 15th Floor of 40 Rector Street.

January 05, 2017 Outside Exhibitions

Michael Mandiberg Exhibiting at LACMA

Workflow is a project by Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Michael Mandiberg.

Read on LACMA.

December 22, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg acquired by the Stedelijk and MOTI

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and MOTI in Breda are jointly acquiring 17 top digital works by contemporary artists in the Netherlands and abroad who are among the pioneers of digital art.

Read on Art Daily.

November 05, 2016 Events

Artist Talk with Michael Mandiberg, moderated by Tina Rivers Ryan

Please join us for an artist talk with Michael Mandiberg in his exhibition FDIC Insured, moderated by Tina Rivers Ryan.

October 19, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg speaks with Creative Time Reports

It has been five years since Occupy Wall Street burst onto the scene at Zuccotti Park in New York City’s financial district. In this month’s editor’s letter, Marisa Mazria Katz speaks with interdisciplinary artist Michael Mandiberg about FDIC Insured, an ongoing visual archive chronicling the failure of banks and subverting the banking system’s aesthetics of permanence and potency.

October 08, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured in The Village Voice

Since 2008, when the financial industry most recently reaped the whirlwind, artist Michael Mandiberg has been collecting the logos of failed banks for his “FDIC Insured” project — 527 at this point — and laser-cutting them onto the covers of discarded financial tomes.

October 05, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured in Bloomberg Businessweek

Art of Failure Bloomberg Businessweek September 26 – October 2, 2016 Issue  

September 30, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg: FDIC Insured Reviewed in Hyperallergic

Did you know that since the start of the last recession that over 527 banks have failed? How would we know? When a bank fails there’s no dying cry, no elegy written for it, no sense that it leaves a hole in the community where it once was.

September 20, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the New Yorker

Riding the R train, Mandiberg said, “I thought about this show recently as a kind of memorial. Not a memorial for these banks but a memorial for its impact upon so many people.”

September 16, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg: FDIC Insured in Artinfo

In the space of a weekend, the financial books are autopsied and transferred, the website redirects, and the letterhead is shredded. “It happens for business reasons, but also from a symbolic and semiotic point of view, everything gets erased.”

September 13, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg: FDIC Insured in Hyperallergic’s Art Rx NYC

This week is all about books, as Printed Matter’s beloved art book fair touches down in Long Island City, while a new satellite fair pops up in nearby Greenpoint. Plus, don’t miss the celebration of a pioneering performance series and the first retrospective for maintenance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

August 26, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg Interview in Art in America

The 2008 recession drew attention to the destabilization of financial markets by a banking sector that skirts the edges of regulation, using purposely inscrutable financial instruments. In response, a number of artists have attempted to represent the social, political, and financial networks that comprise contemporary capitalism.

May 10, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured Featured in The Art Newspaper

For six and a half years, from the height of the recession in 2009, the New York-based artist Michael Mandiberg woke up every Saturday, turned on his computer and discovered which US banks had failed that week.

March 12, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s Print Wikipedia at Arizona State University

How big is Wikipedia? How many printed volumes would it take to put all of the online encyclopedia on a library’s shelves? I’m only asking about the 5 million or so articles in the English language version—there’s at least that many more in other languages.

Read on Slate.

October 08, 2015 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s Print Wikipedia reviewed in Artforum

For Michael Mandiberg’s “From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” at Denny Gallery, the artist displayed a limited run of his Print Wikipedia project, 2015, which makes the online encyclopedia available in proprietary print-on-demand form.

Read on Artforum.

July 13, 2015 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s Print Wikipedia in The New York Times

Print Wikipedia, an effort to envision all of English-language Wikipedia as an old-fashioned dead-tree reference set, reached its conclusion just before 10 p.m. on Sunday when a handful of people gathered at a Lower East Side art gallery to watch the last of 7,600 volumes upload to the print-on-demand Web site Lulu.com — exactly 24 days, 3 hours and 18 minutes after the process began.

June 16, 2015 Events

Michael Mandiberg’s Print Wikipedia featured in the New York Times

Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves

January 09, 2015 Press

Share This! Reviewed by Momus

The Denny Gallery may have given themselves a curatorial headache with the title of their current exhibition, “Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism.” There are more tricky connections and presumptions in that moniker alone than in the web mantras and second-person addresses that typically sign most contemporary shows.

Read on Momus.

Michael Mandiberg
London Lockdown Studio Visit
Michael Mandiberg
Quantified Self Portrait (One Year Performance) – Documentation
Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
January 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Michael Mandiberg
Quantified Self Portrait (Rhythms) – Documentation
Installed in the Pritzker Elevators at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
January 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Michael Mandiberg
Print Wikipedia
Video by Lulu Press, Inc.
Michael Mandiberg
Print Wikipedia
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