Category: Michael Mandiberg

May 11, 2022 Events, Press

Information Wants to Be Free?

May 11, 2022 Curatorial Essay: Art and the Internet By Kristine Tan   ‘Information Wants To Be Free?: Art and the Internet’, 2022, installation view. Image courtesy of Quek Jia Liang (ADM Gallery).   ‘Information Wants To Be Free?: Art and the Internet‘ draws on the development of digital technology and networks to consider and critique the online information economy that governs our daily life. ‘Information wants to be free’ was an aphorism made by Stewart Brand, editor of the…Read More


December 22, 2021 Press

Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe Reviewed in Hyperallergic

When an Artist’s Body Breaks Down Human Relations Become Crucial 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. by Seph Rodney December 22, 2021 Michael Mandiberg, “My doctor has prohibited me from doing any more work”(Zorn Palette) (2020) oil and inkjet on canvas 12 x 9 inches There is a way in which the human body functions like a machine, and the…Read More


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”

Friday, November 5–Thursday, December 23 Michael Mandiberg, Carlo Montagnino (502 hours, 2006-2008), 2019. Photo courtesy of Denny Dimin Gallery, New York. 6. “Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe” at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York Michael Mandiberg presents two ongoing bodies of work related to themes of memory, illness, and building relationships through work and learning. Their durational performance “Live Study” includes an 850-hour archive, still growing, of live-streamed video from the artist’s painting sessions of studio assistants and other colleagues. The project spans Mandiberg’s…Read More

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May 17, 2021 Outside Exhibitions

Live Study Commissioned by the Whitney Museum

Michael Mandiberg’s Live Study is a performance that investigates creative labor. A live video stream from Mandiberg’s studio shows the artist painting portraits of the fifty-six people who have worked for them over the last fifteen years. Each canvas is sized according to the total hours worked by the person at one square inch per hour, making visible the usually hidden labor of studio assistants and interns in the art world. The sizes of the canvases range from a 4…Read More


December 03, 2020 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the Economist

The way we live now “The Zoom Paintings” are dispatches from a strange year In lockdown Michael Mandiberg started capturing the offices, bedrooms and kitchens of others while on video calls by S.H. Dec 3rd 2020 IT IS THE corner of someone’s empty kitchen. Cabinets have been left open haphazardly; an oven hood and a slice of the ceiling is visible. The scene has a slightly dizzying quality, as when a laptop camera is tilted upwards, but this is an…Read More


November 30, 2020 Press

Michael Mandiberg: The Zoom Paintings in Artland

Artists At Home: Between Familiar Environments And New Perspectives By Adam Hencz November 2020 “I was yearning for colors… Vibrant colors! I started doing self-portraits and was watching myself manifested in a fictitious milieu, in interiors that were colorful and peaceful. Colors made me feel safe.” Maria Kassab A variety of circumstances have led to artists being isolated from society. Depending on the situation, a time of solitude can be welcome or uninvited, deliberate or involuntary. Many artists have thrived…Read More

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November 10, 2020 Press

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

‘It’s Memorializing How Unmemorable It Is’: Artist Michael Mandiberg on Painting Melancholy Portraits on Zoom Mandiberg’s “Zoom Paintings” are going on view this week in a virtual exhibition. By: Taylor Dafoe, November 10, 2020 Michael Mandiberg, PSC-CUNY Action I, 3:00 — 4:00 PM, June 23, 2020 (#13) (2020). Courtesy of the artist. Quarantining has no doubt had a dissociative effect on us. Think about the strange ways in which time passes, or the moments during video chats when you have…Read More

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October 13, 2020 Events

Michael Mandiberg named a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow

Congratulations Michael Mandiberg on receiving one of this year’s NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships in Digital/Electronic Arts! 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. The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the 2020 recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, which it has administered for the past 35 years with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). For the…Read More

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October 08, 2018 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the New York Times

In Literature, Who Decides When Homage Becomes Theft? Appropriation goes both ways, and increasingly it’s being seen as a creative freedom for writers who have been excluded from the literary canon. Illustration by Milano Chow By Ligaya Mishan Oct. 8, 2018 IN JANUARY, the critic and novelist Francine Prose took to Facebook to express her outrage at a short story in the latest issue of The New Yorker by a relatively unknown writer named Sadia Shepard. Second-guessing The New Yorker’s…Read More


June 22, 2018 Artists, Press

Michael Mandiberg Reviewed in Neutral

Quantified Self Portrait (One Year Performance), intimate flows June Issue in Neutral. There’s a whole thread in media art about defining a portrait not through a face, but intimate data univocally connected to the person. Since our bureaucratic identity is solely made of digital data, as is most of our mediated sociality, this practice progressively reflects our everyday nature. Michael Mandiberg has always been attentive to the changes in our daily structures, developing artworks with an almost obsessive care. In…Read More

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December 19, 2017 Artists, Press

Michael Mandiberg’s Manifesto in Garage

Michael Mandiberg: My Manifesto New York artist Michael Mandiberg takes an organized approach to GARAGE’s My Manifesto series, employing project management app Trello. Michael Mandiberg: New Work is on view at Denny Gallery, New York, through December 31.

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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. Posted: February 15, 2017. Michael Mandiberg’s solo exhibition Workflow is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, CA from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. For more details please visit LACMA’s website. Part of Workflow: Quantified Self Portrait (Rhythms), a one-year sonic installation in LACMA’s Pritzker Parking Garage elevators, January 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018. View video documentation. Quantified…Read More

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January 22, 2017 Press

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

“20 Artists for the Trump Era” Artsy Editorial | Jan 19th, 2017 Donald Trump assuming the office of the United States Presidency today is an event few on either side of the political aisle saw coming a few months ago. And so, as many think about the four years after Inauguration Day and ask what is to be done and what comes next, a natural step is to look around and ask, what country do we live in? Many artists…Read More

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January 13, 2017 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured in the Brooklyn Rail

MICHAEL MANDIBERG | SIMON DENNY by Ian Cofre The process of banks failing due to the subprime mortgage crisis greatly accelerated after Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on September 15, 2008. Facing systemic risk and contagion, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), a U.S. government organization, helmed the swift and ruthless effort to quarantine this plague. 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…Read More


January 05, 2017 Outside Exhibitions

Michael Mandiberg Exhibiting at LACMA

Michael Mandiberg: Workflow at LACMA January 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Workflow is a project by Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Michael Mandiberg. The artist uses self-tracking technology to understand the changing definition of labor in the digital age. The endeavor has multiple components, including a one-year sonic installation, Quantified Self Portrait (Rhythms), in LACMA’s Pritzker Parking Garage elevators, and a three-channel video, Quantified Self Portrait (One Year Performance), which will begin at LACMA’s Ray’s & Stark Bar on…Read More

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December 22, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg acquired by the Stedelijk and MOTI

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and MOTI in Breda jointly acquire 17 top items by digital artists December 2016 AMSTERDAM.- 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. This collaboration is spurred by MOTI’s change of course: it is due to reopen in the course of 2017 as the Stedelijk Museum Breda, where the legacy of the city…Read More

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November 05, 2016 Events

Artist Talk with Michael Mandiberg, moderated by Tina Rivers Ryan

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Time: 7 p.m. EST Location: 40 Rector St. Suite 1500, New York, NY Please join us for an artist talk with Michael Mandiberg in his exhibition FDIC Insured, moderated by Tina Rivers Ryan. FDIC Insured is a memorial to banks that have failed since the 2008 financial crisis. For 8 years, Mandiberg has been saving the logos of every single failed US bank, and burning them into cast off financial books with a laser cutter….Read More


October 19, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg speaks with Creative Time Reports

Meditation, Memorial, and Archive of the Failures of a Financial System By Marisa Mazria Katz, October 19, 2016 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. Creative Time Reports was…Read More


October 08, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg’s FDIC Insured in The Village Voice

Michael Mandiberg: FDIC Insured By R.C. Baker You’ve seen it: the bright bank logo on a storefront you pass every day that one morning has morphed into a different bank’s emblem. Like an ocean’s surface, American capitalism spreads as far as the eye can see, but mysterious and treacherous currents roil its depths. 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 —…Read More


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

“Where Do Banks Go When They Die?” By Seph Rodney, on September 29, 2016 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. Where does a bank go when it dies? During the process when a bank is absorbed by United…Read More


September 20, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg in the New Yorker

“Making Art with Failed Banks” By Mark Singer in the September 26, 2016 Issue Michael Mandiberg, an artist whose preoccupations merge digital information with visual representation, has a lot going on. This was also the case eight years ago, when he lived in Brooklyn (Prospect Heights, still does) and was a senior fellow at Eyebeam, a nonprofit that supports artists immersed in technology and playful technologists. “I was noticing that people were giving away books, streeting them, leaving them on…Read More


September 16, 2016 Press

Michael Mandiberg: FDIC Insured in Artinfo

“Go for Broke: Cataloguing failure, one bank at a time” By Juliet Helmke | September 15, 2016 “527 is the correct number, a few more failed since info about the project came out,” says artist Michael Mandiberg, counting the number of books that make up his upcoming, site-specific installation “FDIC Insured.” All are cast off investment guidebooks that the artist has repurposed, laser printing their covers with the logo of a US bank that has officially “failed”—meaning it was forced to…Read More


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