Biography

Overview

Greg Niemeyer is a Data Artist and Professor for Media Innovation in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley.

Born in Switzerland in 1967, Gregory Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography. He started working with new media when he arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1992. He received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center.

In 2001 he was appointed at UC Berkeley as a Professor for New Media in Art Practice. He co-founded and directed the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His current work focuses on mediations between individuals, communities and environments: When do technologies dehumanize us, and when do they help us deepen human experiences of our lived environments?

Gregory lives in Berkeley, California. He has three kids, runs every day and usually commutes to work by bike. His hobby is building furniture from reclaimed wood.

Awards
Greg Niemeyer playing the Cave Bells at Mount Gambier, South Australia

Recent awards and funding include:

  • 2017 Hewlett Foundation Grant for "Sonic Web" with DJ Spooky
  • 2014 UCOP ILTI Grant for Teaching Innovation
  • 2013 craigslist Endowed Chair for Media Innovation
  • 2007 MacArthur Foundation Grant for Digital Media Learning
  • Full Biography

    The link to the full Curriculum Vitae for Greg Niemeyer on Google Docs is here: Greg Niemeyer CV

    Game Biography

    Because we learn so much from games, it could be useful to list not only what work one does, but also what games one plays. Greg's Game Bio goes something like this:

  • 1968 Peekaboo
  • 1968 Watching air bubbles trapped under ice
  • 1969 Ovaltine powder on shag carpet
  • 1970 Sidewalk chalk games
  • 1978 Early adventures in fishing.
  • 1979 Merlin (Parker Brothers)
  • 1980 Beginning fencing (Floret)
  • 1982 Advanced fencing
  • 1983 Practiced hypnosis
  • 1984 Atari Pong on the home TV set
  • 1986 Ping Pong with Classics books on school desks
  • 1987 Camera games: name the location of this photo
  • 1991 Tetris
  • 1992 Birth of first son, Alexander: endless new games
  • 1996 Photograph things which come in specific numbers
  • 1997 Flash Language Cards*
  • 2002 Chess, increasingly losing against son
  • 2003 Go
  • 2004 Rez, Atari Classics and Eyetoy
  • 2005 Katamari Damacy, Organum*
  • 2005 Birth of first daughter, Medina: endless new games
  • 2006 Good Morning Flowers*
  • 2007 Tetris Attack (1996 version)
  • 2007 Balance Game*, Oski the Bear*
  • 2008 Portal
  • 2008 Birth of second son, Theo: endless new team games
  • 2008 Black Cloud Alternate Reality Game*
  • 2009 Coloroid for GPhone, GTA Chinatown for Nintendo DS
  • 2010 Airquest*
  • 2010 Urban Detection Games*
  • 2017 Sonic Web* playtest for installation at ZKM.
  • * denotes games developed by Greg Niemeyer.