Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Matteo Bittanti is Senior Adjunct Professor in the undergraduate Visual Studies and Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies programs at California College of the Arts. He currently teaches "Eye Openers: introduction to Visual Studies," "GameScenes: Art & Videogames," "Perceptions" and "Advanced Visual Studies".
Bittanti's research focuses 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. He is especially fascinated by gaming practices, simulations, and various manifestations of techno culture. Before joining CCA, he worked at Stanford University as a social science associate researcher and at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. He is the author of various books and essays about video games, including Machinima! (with Henry Lowood, 2013) GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames (with Domenico Quaranta, Johan&Levi, 2006). Bittanti regularly writes about new media, art, videogames, film, and popular culture for WIRED Italia, Rolling Stone Italia, LINK magazine and Duellanti. He also curates a blog about Game Art, GameScenes. Bittanti's artistic interventions lie at the intersection of game-based media, cinema, and online practices. His works have been presented in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Italy.
In 2011 Bittanti 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.