Marcos Novak is a global nomad, and an artist, theorist, and transarchitect. in 2008, “Transmitting Architecture,” the title of his seminal 1995 essay, became the theme of the XXIII World Congress of the UIA (Union Internationale Des Architectes), the largest architectural organization in the world.

His projects, theoretical essays, and interviews have been translated into over twenty languages and have appeared in over 70 countries, and he lectures, teaches, and exhibits worldwide. Drawing upon architecture, music, and computation, and introducing numerous additional influences from art, science, and technology, his work intentionally defies categorization. He is universally recognized as the pioneer of architecture in cyberspace, of the critical consideration of virtual space as architectural and urban place, and of the use of generative computational composition in architecture and design. He originated several widely recognized concepts, such as “transvergence,” “transarchitectures,” “transmodernity,” “liquid architectures,” “navigable music,” habitable cinema,” “archimusic,” “eversion,” “allogenesis,” and others, anticipating many of the developments in digitally derived art, architecture, and music, and in virtual, augmented, mixed, and alternative reality research. His seminal essay “Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace,” already translated into the world’s major languages, is now included in several anthologies of critical documents of the digital era, along writings of key figures such as Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Marshall McLuhan, and others. His pioneering work “Dancing With The Virtual Dervish: Worlds in Progress,” developed at the Banff Center between 1991-1994 as part of the “Art and Virtual Environments Project,” included the world’s first 4-dimensional immersive environments, exploring and allowing navigation through spaces using four spatial dimensions, with time being fifth. His current research involves nano~ and bio~ technologies, and explores the hypothesis that we are in a cultural phase characterized by “the Production of the Alien,” paralleling the Renaissance “Production of Man.” He has participated in many international exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, including the 9th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Biennale di Venezia in 2004, and the 7th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Biennale di Venezia, in 2000, where he represented Greece. In honor of the pivotal role he has played and is continuing to play in the acceptance, integration, and development of the digital in advanced architecture, and as part of “Digital|Real,” a major international architecture exhibition hosted by DAM (Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany), he was invited to write “Liquid, Trans~, Invisible: The Ascent and Speciation of the Digital in Architecture. A Story,” a combined history/biographical chronology of the ascent of the digital in architecture and his part in it.

He is a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is affiliated with CNSI (the California NanoSystems Institute), MAT (Media Art and Technology), and Art. He named the UCSB AlloSphere (the three-story high sphere for the creation of immersive virtual environments, the largest such facility in the world originally proposed by Dr. Kuchera-Morin) and created its first project, the AlloBrain using fMRI scans of his own brain. He is the Director of the transLAB at UCSB.

In 2004, he was honored to become a Fellow of the World Technology Network.

Posts on Cluster by Marcos Novak:

A Call for Kami: Talking to Marcos Novak

Transmitting Architecture Revisited: on Occasion of the UIA World Congress 2008 (Eng/Ita)
Transmitting Architecture: The Transphysical City (Eng/Ita)