Boyan Manchev is a philosopher, Professor at the New Bulgarian University and Guest Professor at Universität der Künste Berlin, Hollins University and Sofia University. He is also former Director of Program and Vice-President of the International College of Philosophy in Paris. His current research, which proposes the perspective of a radical materialism and dynamic ontology, is in the fields of ontology, philosophy of art and political philosophy. Manchev has lectured widely at European, American and Asian universities and cultural institutions. He has organised and/or collaborated in numerous projects, congresses and public forums dealing with philosophy, art and politics at the CIPh, EHESS, CNRS, Palais de Tokyo, CND (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Volksbühne, FU, NBK (Berlin), IWM, MUMOK, Tanzquartier (Vienna), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Apexart, PS1 (New York), BAK (Utrecht), among others.
He has debated and/or collaborated on different occasions with leading philosophers and cultural theorists from various generations; he has also participated as author, theorist, dramaturge or performer in theatre and contemporary dance projects, including Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield’s The Frequently Asked(2007) and Boris Charmatz’s expo zero and Poster session Mouvement for the Festival d’Avignon (2011). He is the author of Metheor's theater plays A Dying Play (2010, together with Ani Vaseva), Frankenstein (together with Ani Vaseva, 2011), Phaeton: Miscreants (2013) and Roadtrip to Hell (2017), directed by Ani Vaseva and Vierte Welt Kolaborationen's Pandora’s Daughters, directed by Dirk Cieslak and Annett Hardegen (2016-2017). Manchev has curated the exhibition Out of Time at the Sofia City Art Gallery (2011).
Manchev is the author of nine books and around two hundred book chapters, catalogues and other publications in various languages. Among his recent publications are Clouds. Philosophy of the Free Body (Sofia, 2017), Meteor. Selected texts for Theatre (together with Ani Vaseva, Sofia, 2018), Logic of the Political (Sofia, 2012), Miracolo (Milano, 2011), L’altération du monde(Paris, 2009), La Métamorphose et l’Instant – Désorganisation de la vie (Paris, 2009); Rue Descartes 64: La métamorphose, ed. by B. Manchev (Paris, 2009); Rue Descartes 67: Quel sujet du politique?, ed. by G. Basterra, R. Ivekovic and B. Manchev (Paris, 2010). His book The Body–Metamorphosis (Sofia, 2007) deals extensively with contemporary art, performance and dance.