Nicholaus Gutierrez

Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies

Media History and Theory, Cinema History and Theory, Digital Technology, Visual Culture, Virtual Reality (VR), Technological Subjectivity.

Broadly, my research focuses on the history and theory of media technologies, with a particular interest in digital media and computing history. My interest in digital media stems from the ways in which they incorporate pre-existing media like photography, cinema, and television to produce new social and political configurations. I am currently working on a book project focusing on the cultural and development history of VR technology, which has inspired a series of questions in popular culture about what it means to be an embodied subject in a digital age.

My courses touch on themes of social control and ideology, racial and gender bias in digital media design (the interface, human-computer interaction, algorithms), contemporary theories of subjectivity, and embodiment with and through media. I am especially interested in exploring histories of computing that challenge the dominant Silicon Valley narratives of singular genius inventors and “disruption.” In all my courses, I emphasize the historical intersections and disjunctions that exist between newer media and more established media, from the camera obscura and telegraphy to video games and VR.