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Published on Nov 4, 2014
Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who explores "place representation" and its impact on culture. 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 living room projections (as well as object, face, and eyeball projections) were precursors to today’s large-scale projection mapping, and as such he is noted in the Computer History Museum’s account on Street View, as well as in Wikipedia entries on Projection Mapping, Virtual Reality, and New Media Art. 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 has recently served as faculty at the MIT Media Lab (2011-14), NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009-13), and the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Interactive Media Division (2004-09), and gave the opening keynote address at ISEA 2013, the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, in Sydney. Michael has directed projects with support from Apple, Disney, Atari, Panavision, Lucasfilm, Interval, and Google (where he was a 2007 Research Award recipient); and from UNESCO, National Geographic, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Exploratorium, the Banff Centre, Ars Electronica, and the Paris Metro.