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 his webcam spinoff venture, Kundi.com. Several patents have been granted for his work.
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 new Interactive Media Division, and helped Columbia University write their strategic plan for Art and Technology. He also guest curated the Ars Electronica 25th Anniversary Symposium in Linz, Austria, which was themed ¡°The World in 25 Years.¡±
In 2005, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena organized a twenty-year survey of Michael's work.
Naimark is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab, the Scientific Council of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media Art Research in Vienna, the Board of Directors of the Zero One Network and the International Advisory Board Leonardo/ISAST. He has been a member of the Society for Visual Anthropology since 1984.