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Faculty Book: Lev Manovich

Lev Manovich

Software Takes Command
(Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
 
What electricity and the combustion engine were to the early twentieth century, software is to the early twenty-first. It has replaced a diverse array of technologies once used to create, store, distribute, and interact with cultural artifacts. It has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination. Offering the first theoretical and historical account of software for media authoring and its effects on the practice and the very concept of “media,” Manovich develops his own theory for this rapidly growing, ever-changing field. He explores the thinking and motivations of those who, in the 1960s and 1970s, created the concepts and practical techniques that underlie contemporary media software and considers how their interfaces and tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design. He supports his arguments by detailed analysis of key media applications such as Photoshop and After Effects, popular web services such as Google Earth, and projects in motion graphics, interactive environments, graphic design, and architecture. Lev Manovich is a professor of computer science at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUL 30, 2013

Category: Computer Science, Faculty Books