Michael Nitsche

Member Since February 2, 2012

Michael Nitsche works as Associate Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses for the Digital Media M.S. and Ph.D. program, as well as for the Computational Media undergraduate program. He founded the Digital World & Image Group (DWIG), which is the home for his ongoing practice-based research projects. He is associated faculty to the Graphics & Visualization Unit (GVU) and member of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT), as well as member of the Responsive Objects, Surfaces, and Spaces (ROSS) initiative and Associate Director of the Experimental Game Lab (EGL) within the School of LCC. Michael co-founded the Digital Performance Initiative at Georgia Tech, an interdisciplinary group of scholars that look into the interconnection of Performance Studies and digital media.
Informed by his background in architecture and media/ drama, Michael’s main research interest focuses on the interconnections between digital and physical spaces. His methodology combines interaction design, performance studies, and craft approaches that are applied to digital media analysis, critique, and production.
Nitsche published Video Game Spaces: Image, Play, and Structure in 3D Worlds, in spring 2009 and co-edited The Machinima Reader (with Henry Lowood, 2011, both MIT Press). In addition, Nitsche has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in his research fields and contributed chapters for edited collections as well as journal articles in preeminent journals, including IEEE Computer Society, Digital Creativity, Dichtung Digital, and Leonardo.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and an M.Phil. in Architecture and the Moving Image from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). He received his M.A. in Drama and German Language from the Freie Universität, Berlin and finished his undergraduate studies at the Ludwig Maximillians Universität, München.
Michael lives with his wife and three children in Atlanta, GA.