Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Matteo Bittanti is an Adjunct Professor in the Visual + Critical Studies & Visual Studies and programs at CCA. He currently teaches Eye Openers: introduction to Visual Studies, Video/Game/Cultures, Game On: Introduction to Games Studies, Bright Lights, Global Cities, and Advanced Visual Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland.
His research and artistic practice focus on the cultural, social, and theoretical aspects of emerging technology, with an emphasis on the interrelations of popular culture, visual culture, film studies and the arts. Bittanti is particularly fascinated by videogame practices, simulations, and techno culture.
Before joining CCA, he has worked at Stanford University as a Social Science Associate Researcher and at UC Berkeley as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. In 2011, he curated the exhibition “ITALIANS DO IT BETTER!!” with Domenico Quaranta in the Fringe section of the 54th Venice Biennial, where he presented his latest project, “Game Arthritis”, created in collaboration with art collective IOCOSE. The event was part of NEOLUDICA. ART IS A GAME 2011 – 1966, a Biennial-within-a-Biennial. He is the author of various books and essays about videogames, including GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames (with Domenico Quaranta, Johan&Levi, 2006). Bittanti writes about new media, art, videogames, film, and popular culture for WIRED Italia, Rolling Stone Italia, LINK magazine and Duellanti.
He’s also the editor-in-chief of GameScenes, a blog focusing on Game Art.
Matteo Bittanti lives in San Francisco.