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

His work takes established and emerging capture technologies (e.g. laser scanning, photogrammetry, drone image-capture) and re-appropriates them as expressive mediums, altering their outcomes to introduce an affective element normally absent. The resulting works embrace rather than hide their performative origins, and reflect the contingency of the creative process.

Harle’s doctoral thesis formed part of an Australia Research Council linkage grant with the Emergency Information Coordination Unit, developing approaches to spatial representation in crisis contexts. This included collaboration with CSIRO’s WASP team and the use of game engines as tools in the investigation of existing and speculative architecture, for which he received the 2011 Young CAADRIA (Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) Award.

Harle has exhibited locally and internationally, including for Vienna Art Week, Organhaus, Chongqing, and Today Art Museum, Beijing, and locally for solo and group shows at Firstdraft, Verge Gallery, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, AGNSW’s Contempo program, and Brisbane Powerhouse’s ‘IRL: Digital Festival’. He has written for the Journal of Artistic Research, the Runway Journal for Australian Experimental Art, and Das Superpaper and presented at the National Experimental Art Forum, Perth, Transmediale, Berlin, the National Institute of Experimental Art Conference, and Spaces of History / Histories of Space conference UC Berkeley.

In 2015, Harle was Australia Council ECAP resident artist with UWA’s Centre for Rock Art Research and Management and the iVEC Advanced Visualisation Lab, working with rangers at Murujuga national park, Pilbara to explore the development of culturally appropriate digital reconstructions of Indigenous rock art sites. In 2016 Harle was a MuseumsQuartier, Vienna resident artist and Research Fellow, hosted through the Research Institute for Arts and Technology. He is a co-editor of an open-access collection of essays entitlee ‘Decolonising the Digital’, showcasing examples of culturally diverse digital media practices in Australia.

Dr Josh Harle is a Visiting Fellow at UNSW Art & Design, and 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


2017     The Floor Is Lava, Medo Arts, Vienna
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


2018     Human Jerky, Verge Gallery, Sydney (curator)
2018     Generations and Transformations, Digital Gallery, The Connection, Sydney (curator)
2017     Underbelly Arts Online, 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


2018     CreateNSW Quick Response grant
2017     Underbelly Arts Online people’s choice award
2017     CreateNSW Vision 360 VR project grant
2017 – 2019 Visiting Fellowship, University of New South Wales, Australia
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


2018     “Human Jerky” Catalogue essay, Verge Gallery
2018     “Digital Capture: Photogrammetry as Rhetoric, Fiction, and Relic”, Decolonising the Digital (editor)
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


2019     “Machine Aesthetics of the Human Body”, Sydney Science Week, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
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