Michael Mandiberg is the winner of the “In My Computer” Call 2016

Michael Mandiberg is the winner of the “In My Computer” Call 2016

The Link Art Center and Abandon Normal Devices (AND) are proud to announce the winner of the “In My Computer” Call for Proposals, that invites artists, thinkers, and computer users to submit proposals for the ongoing book series “In My Computer”, published by Link Editions. For In My Computer # 12, the Link Art Center and AND joined forces in order to select and commission a project that will be made public in two steps: first as an online project, and later as a publication.
The jury (Domenico Quaranta / Link Art Center; Fabio Paris / Link Art Center; Gabrielle Jenks / AND; Ruth McCollough / AND) reviewed around 50 applications, and decided to award the right to be produced to the project FDIC Insured, by Michael Mandiberg.




Starting in 2008, Mandiberg methodically downloaded the logos of the many banks that failed during the Great Recession, and that informed the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) of their failure. During this process, these corporate visual identities were erased from the web. Except that every Saturday morning the artist downloaded the logos, preserving an otherwise lost history. Since then, around 500 bank logos were saved on his computer, and eventually restored if available only as low resolution images. This collection will be made available as a web archive of digitized vector versions of these logos, and a book.


Michael Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and educator. His work traces the lines of political and symbolic power online, working on the Internet in order to comment on and or intercede in the real and poetic flows of information. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn. His work lives at Mandiberg.com.




In My Computer is a series of books collecting unpublished material available in your computer, produced by LINK Editions and circulated both in digital and printed form through the print-on-demand (POD) service Lulu.com. The book can take any shape compatible with POD’s production and distribution standards.


LINK Editions is a publishing initiative of the LINK Art Center, a curatorial platform promoting artistic research with new technologies and critical reflections on the core issues of the information age. LINK Editions uses the print on demand approach to create an accessible, dynamic series of essays and pamphlets, but also catalogues and artist books. All books are released as digital e-books (pdf / epub) and paperbacks. Link Editions is a not-for-profit initiative and all its contents are circulated under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license.


Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention, commissioning ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image. The AND portfolio consists of film happenings, exhibitions, performances, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial festival.


This project is realized in the framework of Masters & Servers. Networked Cultures in the Post Digital Age, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Link Art Center (IT) and d-i-n-a / The Influencers (ES) that was awarded with a Creative Europe 2014 – 2020grant. For 24 months from September 2014, Masters & Servers will explore networked culture in the post-digital age.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



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