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Josh Harle is a multidisciplinary researcher and new media artist with a background in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Sculpture. His research investigates the virtual spaces generated by emerging technologies, our encounters with the world through them, and their social and political consequences.

Harle’s practice explores the contemporary use of digital technologies to map and make sense of the world, critiquing the opaquely ideological practice of digital capture. His works take various established and emerging mapping technologies – laser scanning, photogrammetry, geolocation tracking – and re-appropriates them as expressive mediums, altering their outcomes to introduce an affective element which is normally absent.  The results embrace their performative origins and the contingency of their creation.

Through these radical cartographic practices, Harle reveals his own place in a field of competing drives to organise, stake-claims, and dictate boundaries: the map as a performance of exploration, of trying to make sense of the world.

Josh Harle is the director of the Tactical Space Lab.


Tactical Space Lab Director
Email: josh . harle @ gmail.com
Tel: +61 (0)49 115 5985
One page Curriculum Vitae



Curriculum Vitae



2015     Recomposing Bodies, Organhaus gallery, Chongqing, China
2015     Tactical Space Lab, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
2014     Making Sense, Firstdraft, Sydney
2013     Gamespaces: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, Sydney
2013     Emerging Topologies, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
2011     The Big Shake-Up, 85 George St, the Rocks, Sydney



2017     Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2016     #BFF, Artereal, Sydney (with Louise Zhang, Tully Arnot, Jason Phu, Claudia Nicholson, Terrence Combos)
2016    Coded Cultures: Openism, Vienna
2015    Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2015    ‘A robot attempts to eat a chicken nugget’ Firstdraft Gallery, curated by Luke Letourneau
2015    IRL: Digital Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia
2015    Cementa 2015, Kandos, Australia
2014     RUNWAY #26 Launch Exhibition, Vienna Art Fair, Austria
2014    Electroscape: The Here and Now of Digital Art, AGNSW Contempo, 107 Projects, Sydney
2013    13th Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2013     Light Logic, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
2012     Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2011     Magic Spaces, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China



2016     Australia Council Emerging and Experimental Arts project grant
2016     Art Technology Research Fellowship, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria
2015     ArtsNSW Artist Support Grant
2015    OrganHaus Residency, Chongqing, China
2015     University of Western Australia archaeology residency, Pilbara/Perth, WA
2015     NAVA NSW Artists’ Grant
2015    Australia Council ArtStart Grant
2014     Australia Council Emerging Career Residency Grant
2011     Young CAADRIA (Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) Award
2009 – 2013     Australia Research Council APAI Linkage Grant



2016     Virtual Reality Environment Design masterclass, College of Design, Shanghai Jian Qiao University
2016    OpenMaps workshop, Vienna
2015    Creative Robotics workshop, Chongqing, China
2014    Lecturer, UNSW Art and Design, Sydney
2014     3D printing, scanning, and visualisation workshop series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2010-2013    Lecturer & Tutor, Faculty of Architecture Department, UNSW
2010     Photogrammetry workshop, UNSW, Sydney



2017     “Decolonising the Digital” (in development) book of essays (Editor and contributor)
2016     “Decolonising the Map”, Openism journal
2015    “Making Sense: Tactics, Hacking, and Gonzo Research”, Journal of Artistic Research
2014     “Take a Long Walk (off a short-circuit)”, Runway Issue #26
2013     “Thoughts of a Concerned Theorist”, Critical Animalia, Summer Hill, NSW : Critical Animals
2012     Catalogue essay for Richard Stride, Mould Exhibition, Brisbane
2012     “The Poetics of Wormholes”, in Das Superpaper, Issue 23
2010     “Tactical and Strategic Experimentation in Space”, Studia Philosophia; Phenomenology of Digital Technology



2016     “Visual Culture in a Digital World” panel session w/ Google + Animal Logic, Sydney Design Festival, Australia
2015     “The Ethics of Digital Capture”, National Experimental Art Forum, Perth, Australia
2015     “Inhabiting digital spaces”, NeoLIFE conference, Perth, Australia
2015    “Capturing Experimental Research Cultures” panel session, Transmediale, Berlin
2012     “The Space Panel: Architecture, Atmosphere and Augmented Reality”, Critical Animals, Newcastle
2011     “The Archivist and the Artist” at National Institute of Experimental Art Conference 2011, Sydney
2011     “The Right to the (Non-Cartesian) City” at The Right to the City Symposium, Sydney University
2010    “Tactical and Strategic Experimentation in Space” at The Experimental Society, Lancaster University, UK
2010     “Exploring Spatial Practices in Augmented Reality” at Spaces of History / Histories of Space, UC Berkeley

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