Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who often explores "place representation" and its impact on culture. He has recently served as faculty in the USC School
of Cinematic Arts' Interactive
Media Division (2004-09), the NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009-13), and the MIT Media Lab (2011-14); the Board of Directors of ZERO1 San Jose, the Editorial Board of Leonardo, and the Scientific Council of the Boltzmann Institute for Media Arts Research in Linz; and has been a member of the Society
for Visual Anthropology since 1984.
Naimark has made interactive "moviemaps" of Aspen from the street,
Paris from the sidewalk, San Francisco from the air, Karlsruhe from the
rail, Banff from hiking trails, and stereo-panoramic movies in Jerusalem,
Dubrovnik, Angkor, and Timbuktu. His work is an unusual combination of
optimism and activism, for example, it currently ranks #1 on Google searches
for both VR
webcams and camera
zapper. Naimark was instrumental in the founding of several world-renown
research labs and his art projects exhibit internationally.
Naimark was on the original design team for the MIT
Media Laboratory in 1980 and was a founding member of the Atari Research
Lab (1982), the Apple Multimedia Lab (1987), and Lucasfilm Interactive
(now LucasArts, 1989). He joined Interval
Research Corporation, a long-term lab funded by Paul Allen, as it
opened in 1992, and worked an additional year after it closed in 2000
on Kundi.com, a web video spinoff venture.
Patents for his work have been granted from 1989 on, with several
more currently pending.
Naimark's art projects are in the permanent collections of the American
Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco,
and the ZKM | Center for Arts and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. His 3D
interactive installation "Be
Now Here," produced by Interval with the cooperation of the UNESCO
World Heritage Centre, toured in the ZKM's "Future
Cinema" exhibition in 2002 and 2003.
Naimark was the 2002 recipient of the World
Technology Award for the Arts and the 2003 recipient of a Rockefeller
Foundation grant to direct a feasibility study for a unique, financially
sustainable Arts Lab. In 2004, he
taught the first “History of New Media” class at NYU's Interactive
Telecommunications Program, taught the first graduate thesis seminar at
USC’s Interactive Media Division, and helped Columbia University
write its strategic plan for art and technology. He also guest curated
Electronica 25th Anniversary Symposium in Linz, Austria, themed “The World in 25 Years.” In 2005, the Art
Center College of Design in Pasadena organized a 20 year
survey of Michael Naimark's work.
In 2006, Naimark initiated a USC research project to explore ways of democratizing Earth mapping and modeling. In 2007, the project received a Google research award, and in 2008, the results were published online. The project, called Viewfinder, was well-received by the press, on blogs, at USC, and at Google. Along the way, he also coined the phrases "Google Jockey" and "Google Feeling Lucky List."
In 2009, Naimark was Project Director of "80+1: A Journey Around the World" for Linz09, the European Union Culture Capital. For it, Naimark initiated a unique open competition called "Live Bits: Art Exploring Real-time Connectedness" which received 295 proposals from 42 countries, from which 15 were selected for exhibition. In Fall 2009, he taught a new class at NYU ITP called "Representing Earth".
Since 2010, Naimark has been based in New York to develop several new projects, most notably Liiive.tv.
CV (01/14) (pdf)
Google "Feeling Lucky" List (What?)