Michael  Betancourt Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Michael Betancourt

Research Artist, Theorist
Professor of Motion Media Design

Michael Betancourt is a research artist and theorist who has been working on the links between media theory and media practice since 1989. His writing has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish, and been published in magazines such as The Atlantic, Make Magazine, Millennium Film Journal, Leonardo, Semiotica, and CTheory. These publications complement his movies, which have screened internationally.


Michael Betancourt has exhibited his movies, site-specific installations, and non-traditional art forms in unseen, unusual, or public spaces internationally since 1991, at the Black Maria Film Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, Contemporary Art Ruhr, Athens Video Art Festival, Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, the San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads, and Experiments in Cinema among others.

As a theorist, he is concerned with the relationship of heuristic and hermeneutic approaches to media. His understanding of the connections between production and theory are informed by his work on convergence of digital technology and capitalist ideology. His theory of digital capitalism is a materialist approach to globalized financialization, digital technology, and autonomous production. This media critical approach prioritizes audience interpretations over ideology, a central part of the critical framework advanced in his books.


    University of Miami, Ph.D. Interdepartmental Studies

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    o digital capitalism
    o avant-garde cinema
    o glitch art/theory
    o title design and kinetic typography
    o new technology (theory / aesthetics)
    o heuristics
    o semiotics
    o contemporary art
    o motion graphics
    o visual music
    o media art