Since the early days of Rhizome and Nettime Lev Manovich have been periodically posting many of his new texts to these lists. This was a great way to reach potential readers without waiting for slow academic publishing process, and receive feedback from them.

In the last few years he have stopped doing this – the reason is that he is preparing two new books and hope that the readers of these books will be surprised by some new material they will find. However, as he is editing some parts of the manuscripts into articles, he place these articles on his web site. (Most of them are too long to post on a mailing list anyway.) now has 6 new articles completed in 2006, and 5 articles completed in 2005.

Please note that some of these articles are already forthcoming in different publications. Therefore in case you want to reprint any of these articles, please get in touch with Lev Manovich first.



The direct links to these texts with the count of their length in words and brief summaries of their content:

“Alan Kay’s Universal Media Machine”
length: 9,772 words
topic: software theory

“After Effects, or Velvet Revolution – part 1?
length: 6,337 words
topic: motion graphics and “deep remixability”

“After Effects, or Velvet Revolution – part 2”
length: 3,889 words
topic: motion graphics and “deep remixability”

length: 2,474 words
topic: design workflow and contemporary aesthetics

“Image Future”
length: 9,052 words
topic: special effects ­ complimentary to “After Effects” articles
(a substantial revision of the 2003 article)


The following articles are based on the INFO-AESTHETICS book manuscript currently in preparation:

“Social Data Browser”
length: 1,357 words
topic: discussion of how digital media can represent social groups and the
analysis of The Dumpster by Golan Levin

“Friendly Alien: Object and Interface”
length: 1,829 words
topic: the relationship between the screen and product design in
contemporary information devices

“Remixability and Modularity”
length: 3,902 words
topic: remixability and WEB 2.0
(this text was posted to Nettime and Rhizome ­ the web site contains the
edited version)

“The Shape of Information”
length: 1,074 words
topic: summary of the main themes of INFO-AESTHETICS book

“Scale Effects”
length: 3,067 words
topic: review of IGRID 2005 conference – thinking about the effects of scale in IT