Associate Professor Andrew Murphie

Associate Professor
School of the Arts & Media, Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia


+61 2 9385 5548
Room 311H, Level 3, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Communication and Media Studies, History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified, Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Expanding Knowledge in Technology, Communication


2003 (with John Potts), Culture and Technology, London: Palgrave

Book Series and Journal Editing

Editor, The Fibreculture Book Series, Open Humanities Press,

Editor, Immediations Book Series, Open Humanities Press(with Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Ronald Rose-Antoinette),

Founding and Continuing Editor (now with Su Ballard, Lone Bertelsen, Glen Fuller and Mat Wall-Smith), the Fibreculture Journal, since 2002

Major Grants

Canadian SSHRC Partnership Grant 2013-2020 (CI on a grant directed by Erin Manning, with around 20 other CIs) [$2.9million]: Immediations: art, media, event (experimental humanities, philosophy, research-creation)

ARC Discovery 2007-2010 (CI, with Anna Munster CI, Brian Massumi PI, Adrian Mackenzie PI) [$225,000]: Dynamic Media: innovative social and artistic developments in new media in Australia, Britain, Canada and Scandinavia since 1990

Book Chapters

2018 (forthcoming), 'The World as Medium: A Whiteheadian Media Theory' in Manning, Erin, Munster, Anna and Stavning Thomsen, Bodil Marie (eds.) Immediation London: Open Humanities Press

2016, 'públicos fantasma: el colectivo no reconocido en la transformación contemporánea de la circulación de ideas', in Pradilla N (ed.), Públicos fantasma - La naturaleza política del libro - La red, taller de ediciones económicas, Mexico City, pp. 9 - 34, (translation of 'Ghosted Publics')

2012, (with Michael Hardt, Craigie Horsfield, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi) 'A Conversation' in de Zegher, Catherine and McMaster, Gerald (eds.) All Our Relations: 18th Biennale of Sydney Sydney: Biennale of Sydney: 53-63

2010, (with Lone Bertelsen), 'An Ethics of Everyday Infinities and Powers: Félix Guattari on Affect and the Refrain', in Gregg M; Seigworth GJ (ed.), The Affect Theory Reader, edn. Original, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, pp. 138 - 157

2010, 'Shadow's Forces/Force's Shadows' in Bissell, David and Fuller, Gillian (eds.) Stillness in a Mobile World London: Routledge : 21-37

2010, 'Deleuze, Guattari and Neuroscience', in Gaffney P (ed.), The Force of the Virtual: Deleuze, Science and Philosophy, edn. Original, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 330 - 367

2009, 'Escaping Influence', catalogue essay on Joyce Hinterding and David Haines Telepathy, Sydney: The Performance Space

2008, 'Ghosted Publics - the "unacknowledged collective" in the contemporary transformation of the circulation of ideas' in Nat Muller and Alessandro Ludovico (eds.) The reader 3 San Sebastian: arteleku/London/OpenMute: 102-110

2008, (with Ross Harley) 'Australian Electronica: A Brief History' in Shane Homan and Tony Mitchell (eds.) Sounds of then, Sound of Now: Popular Music in Australia Hobart; Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies: 93-111 (republication)

2007, 'Performance as the distribution of life: From Aeschylus to chekhov to vjing via deleuze and guattari', in Deleuze and Performance, pp. 221 - 239

2007, 'The Fallen Present: Time in the Mix', in Hassan R; Purser RE (ed.), 24/7: Time and Temporality in the Network Society, edn. Original, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, USA, pp. 122 - 140

2007, 'Struck', Catalog essay for Michele Barker and Anna Munster's video installation Struck at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

2007, 'Mobility, Work and Love' in Hjorth, Larissa (ed.) waiting for immediacy IDP Printers/ Yonsei University: 16-19 

2006, '`Brain-Magic`: Figures of the Brain, Technology and Magic', in Potts J; Scheer E (ed.), Technologies of Magic. A Cultural Study of Ghosts, Machines and the Uncanny., edn. Original, Power Publications, Australia, pp. 112 - 124

2006, 'Vibrations in the Air: performance as interactive technics' in Edward Scheer and Peter Eckersall (eds.) The End of the 60s: Performance, Media and Contemporary Culture Performance Paradigm Publications (republication): 98-112

2003, 'Negotiating Presence:Performance and New Technologies' in Philip Auslander (ed.) Performance: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies London: Routledge (republication)

2002, 'Putting the Virtual back into VR', in Brian Massumi (ed.) A Shock to Thought: expression in the philosophy of gilles deleuze and felix guattari London: Routledge (republication)

2000, 'Computers are not Theatre: The Machine in the Ghost in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's thought', a reprint of the article below, in Gary Genosko, (ed.) Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers London: Routledge (republication)

2000, 'Sound at the end of the world as we know it: Nick Cave, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and a Deleuze-Guattarian ecology of popular music', a reprint of the article below, in Gary Genosko, (ed.) Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers London: Routledge (republication)

1992, (with Edward Scheer), 'Capital, Culture and Simulation - Dance Parties in Sydney from 1985-1990' in Hayward, Philip From Pop to Punk to Postmodernism Allen and Unwin, Sydney

1990, 'Negotiating Presence: Performance and New Technologies' in Hayward, Philip (ed.) Culture, Technology and Creativity: in the late twentieth century John Libbey, Arts Council of Great Britain, London

Journal articles 

2018, 'On Being Affected: Feeling in the Folding of Multiple Catastrophes', Cultural Studies, 32(1), pp.18-42, 

2014, 'Making sense: The transformation of documentary by digital and networked media', Studies in Documentary Film, vol. 8, pp. 188 - 204,

2014, 'Auditland', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 11, pp. 1 - 41,

2013, 'Convolving Signals: thinking the performance of computational processes', Performance Paradigm

2012, 'Hacking the aesthetic: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding's new ecologies of signal', Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, vol. 4,

2012, (with Lone Bertelsen) 'Affect, Subtraction and Non-Performance', Peripeti: tidsskrift for dramaturgiske studier, pp. 78 - 87

2012, (with Sher Doruff) 'Multimedia Mixing and Real-time Collaboration: Interview with Sher Doruff about the development and use of KeyWorx, the Translocal and Polyrhythmic Diagrams', the Fibreculture Journal, 21

2011, 'On Not Performing: the third enclosure and fractal neofeudal fantasies', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 8,

2010, (animated by Leslie Plumb) '14 Theses and 21 Ghosts for Locative and Mobile Media', Inflexions, 4

2009, 'Joyce Hinterding and David Haines: High res resonations with the milky way', Computers in Entertainment, vol. 7,

2009, 'Be Still, Be Good, Be Cool: The Ambivalent Powers of Stillness in an Overactive World', M/C Journal, vol. 12, pp. n/a - n/a

2009, 'Taking Off the Gloves: Touch, Transcendence and Immanence in Film' , Kinema, 31, Spring: 65-90 [on Paul Schrader, Ozu, Deleuze and the syntax of aesthetics]

2008, 'Clone Your Technics: Research creation, radical empiricism and the constraints of models', in Inflexions: A journal for research-creation 1(1)

2008, (with Adrian Mackenzie) 'The two cultures become multiple? Sciences, humanities and everyday experimentation', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 23, pp. 87 - 100,

2007, (with Ross Harley) 'Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica', Culture Machine, vol. 9

2007 (with Anna Munster) 'Assembling Collective Thought' in Aminima, 20: 88-97 (Spanish and English)

2006, [as Enrdju Merfijs] "Izplatiba Un Salikums Dzoisa Hinterdingas Un Deivia Heinsa Darbos" in Terra: Saistosi Par Dabaszinatnem Un Tehnologijam, July/August:40-42 (Latvian translation of work I have done on the Australian artists Joyce Hinterding and David Haines)

2005, 'Differential Life, Perception and the Nervous Elements: Whitehead, Bergson and Virno on the Technics of Living', Culture Machine, vol. 7 (2005)

2005, 'The Mutation of `Cognition` and the Fracturing of Modernity: cognitive technics, extended mind and cultural crisis', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 2

2005, 'Vibrations in the Air, Performance and Interactive Technics', Performance Paradigm, vol. 1

2004, 'The world as clock: the network society and experimental ecologies', Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 11, pp. 117 - 139

2004, 'Vertiginous mediations: Sketches for a dynamic pluralism in the study of computer games', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 110, pp. 73 - 95

2003, 'When Fibre Meets Fibre: Networking as Ritual Meeting of Bod, Brain and Technique', M/C Journal, vol. 6

2003, 'Electronicas: Differential Media and Proliferating, Transient Worlds', fineart forum 17:8 August

2000, 'The Dusk of the Digital is the Dawn of the Virtual', Enculturation, pp. 1 - 23

1998, 'Flowing - theories and taboos in Popular Music Studies' in Perfect Beat: the pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture v3 n4, January:85-92

1997, 'Putting the Virtual back into VR' in Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature: Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, an issue on Deleuze, Guattari and expression

1996, 'Computers are not Theatre: The Machine in the Ghost in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's thought' in Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies v2 n2, Autumn:80-110

1996, 'Sound at the end of the world as we know it: Nick Cave, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and a Deleuze-Guattarian ecology of popular music' in Perfect Beat: the pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture v2 n4, January:18-42

1997, 'Pierre Lévy, Qu'est-ce que le virtuel? [What is the virtual?] (Paris: Editions La Découverte, 1995), 157 pp. French language. ISBN 2 7071 2515 6; and Giulio Blasi and Andrea Bernadelli, Semiotics and', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 3, pp. 122 - 126,

1997, 'Editorial: Machinic theory', Convergence, vol. 3, pp. 5 - 8,

1996, 'Computers are not theatre: The machine in the ghost in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's thought', Convergence, vol. 2, pp. 80 - 110,

1988, 'The Body in Performance: Small Moments in Cultural Production' Spectator Burns 2:63-71 (on Deleuze, Guattari, the body and performance)

1987, (with Andrew Charker) 'Lost in the Fatherland: Naturalism, Theatre and the Body' Spectator Burns 1:10-23 (on gender issues, Lacan and Ibsen)

Edited Journal Issues

2017, (with Petra Gemeinboeck, Elena Knox and Jill Bennett) 'Creative Robotics – Rethinking Human Machine Configurations', the Fibreculture Journal, 28,

2015, (with Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, and Svetlana Matviyenko) 'Apps and Affect', the Fibreculture Journal, 25, 

2014, 'General Issue', the Fibreculture Journal, 23,

2011, (with Adrian Mackenzie and Mitchell Whitelaw) 'Trans', the Fibreculture Journal,

2009, (with Anna Munster) 'Web 2.0', the Fibreculture Journal, 14,

2008, (with Gary Genosko) 'Metamodels', the Fibreculture Journal, 12,

2006, 'General Issue', the Fibreculture Journal, 9,

2005, (with Gillian Fuller, Larissa Hjorth and Sandra B200uckley), 'Mobilities', the Fibreculture Journal, 6,

2004, 'General Issue', the Fibreculture Journal, 3,

2003, 'New media, new worlds?', the Fibreculture Journal, 2,

2003, 'The Politics of Networks', the Fibreculture Journal, 1,

1997, 'Machinic Theory', Convergence, 3(2)

Conference Proceedings

McArthur IW; Miller B; Murphie A, 2013, 'augmented_studio: Collaboration, Interactive Media and Urban Space', in Charitos D; Theona I; Dragona D; Rizopoulos C; Meimaris M (eds.), Hybrid City 2013 Subtle Revolutions, The University Research Institute of Applied Communications (URIAC), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, pp. 379 - 386, presented at Hybrid City 2013 Subtle Revolutions, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 23 - 25 May 2013

2004, 'Life already: Interaction as the enjoyment of assemblage', in A Creativity and Cognition Symposium, A Creativity and Cognition Symposium, Sydney, presented at A Creativity and Cognition Symposium, Sydney, 16 - 19 November 2004

2003, 'Electronicas: Differential Media and Proliferating, Transient Worlds', in Melbourne DAC, The 5th international Digital Arts and Culture Conference, Melbourne DAC, The 5th international Digital Arts and Culture Conference, RMIT Melbourne, presented at Melbourne DAC, The 5th international Digital Arts and Culture Conference, RMIT Melbourne, 19 - 23 May 2003


Tomitsch M; Haeusler MH; Hespanol L; McArthur I; Murphie A; Foth M; Miller B, 2015, Enabling Audience Participation and Collective Content Generation Through Urban Media as a Diagnostic Method in Urban Planning, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, (PDF)


2016, The Go-To How-To Guide to Anarchiving, The Senselab, Montréal, [book sprint published book]

2008, (with Ross Harley) 'Electronica in Australia', Music in Australia Knowledge Base

Conference Presentations

2016, 'The "Internet of Actual Occasions" : Juncture (concerning Vectors)', presented at A Whiteheadian Laboratory, Claremont School of Theology, California, 01 - 03 December 2016

2016, 'The World as Medium: Whitehead's Media Theory', SAM Seminar, March 15

2015, 'Framing Degree Zero: Virtual Realities and the World as Medium', Aarhus University, Aesthetic Seminar series, Denmark, December 3

2015, 'The World as Medium: Whitehead’s Media Theory', presented at Affect Theory Conference: Worldings/Tensions/Futures, Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 14 - 17 October 2015

2011, ‘Cognitive, business and other models and Deleuze’s theory of subtraction’, In/compatible markets and methods panel, In/compatible conference and workshop, Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin, November 17

2011, ‘The World as Medium’, Affect, Art, Politics Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Nordisk Institut, Århus University, Denmark, October 14

2011, [Keynote] 'On Not Performing' Unacceptable conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, May 1

2011, 'Differential Cognition/Ghosted Publics and Unacknowledged Collectives', Bodies in/ex situ conference, ADFA, UNSW, Canberra, February 1

2010, 'Dynamic Media Network Project', Data Dynamics Workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 3

2009, (run, with Thomas Markussen) Master Class in interaction design at Kolding Design School, December 2-3

2009, (July) workshop participant, The Society of Molecules, Senselab, Concordia University (international)

2009, 'Between Seeing, Affecting and Being Affected: Vision, Proprioception and Modeling in interaction design', Kolding Design School, Kolding, Denmark, November 25

2008, with Anna Munster (December 9) 'Innovation and Aversion: the dispositif of contemporary socio-technical assemblage and the ambiguities of Exodus', Thinking Things Through workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2008, (September 2) 'Open? Access? Publishing?: a new world for humanities publishing is a new world for the humanities' at the Digital Humanities: Past, Present, Future symposium, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney

2007, (December 14) '14 theses and 21 ghosts for locative and mobile media', The Poetics of Mobilities Symposium, Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2007, (October 2) 'The Virtual, Interactive Design and Cognitive Models' Kolding Designskolen, Denmark

2007, (August 20-25) Workshop Participant, Housing the Body, Dressing the Environment, Senselab, Concordia University

2006, (November 29) 'Auditland: Education and Cognitive Labour' at a workshop run by the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University on "The Concept of Labour".

2006, [with Anna Munster] (August 12) 'assemblage for collective thought (act)' VJ/DJ performance at ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge / 13th International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA2006)

2006, (June 21) 'Hebbing the System (with Bernays Sauce): the new technics of brain-body performance' Critical and Cultural studies Corpographies Seminar series, Macquarie University Sydney

2006, (May 4) 'Thought and 'Cognition' - New-ish Orders, Virtual Cognition and the Possibility of a Radical Empiricism' UTS Cultural Studies Research Group, Sydney.

2005, (October 24) 'Virtual cognition, politics and the mutation of the modern' Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics seminar series, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2005, (July 9) 'Hacking the Aesthetic: Distributed Aesthetics in the work of Joyce Hinterding and David Haines' Transforming Aesthetics conference, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

2005, (June 15) 'Virtual Cognition and the Forces that Constitute Microbrains' Australian Society for Continental Philosophy conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2005, (April) Invited Guest, Dancing the Virtual, Senselab, Concordia University

2004, (December 3) 'Media, Cognition, Life: The mutation of ‘cognition’ and the end of ‘modern culture’' - Memory, Media and Social Theory workshop, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney.

2004, (November) 'Life Already - Interaction as the Enjoyment of Assemblage' - Interaction, Systems, Practice and Theory, a Creativity and Cognition symposium hosted by the Dynamic Design Research Group, University of Technology, Sydney.

2004, 'Ants' Nests and Tea Ceremonies: space, synthesis and memory within network ecologies', Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT, Melbourne.

2004, (with Mat Wall-Smith, September 15) 'Always Living, Sometimes Conscious: Thinking Network Ecologies', Schools of Media and Theatre, Film and Dance, University of New South Wales, September 15.

2003, 'Virtual and Differential Ecologies' - Biophilosophy and the Politics of Life, the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, July

2003, 'Electronicas: Differential Media and Proliferating, Transient World' StreamingWorlds - Digital Arts and Culture, Melbourne, May

2002, 'The World's Acid: Emergence and Structure within the Digital Aesthetics' at the Strange Weather conference, November, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (on Lars Von Trier's Verdensuret and the digital aesthetic).

2002, 'Becomings of a Spiritual Automaton: Deleuze, Film and New Media' (on Deleuze's Cinema 2 and computer media) at the Deleuze and Cinema conference, September, University of New South Wales.

2000, 'Another Fine Mesh: The Threshold of Absolute Immanence' at the Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy conference, Sydney, November

1998, 'Getting in Touch: touch, lost horizons and the problem of the transcendent/immanent distinction in film, philosophy and the Internet' at the Australasian Association of Philosophy conference, Sydney, July.

1996, 'Becoming-Minor and the web' at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Rotterdam, September, 1996.

1987, 'Softbody' Politics of the Body conference, The Performance Space, Sydney.


Currently teaching ARTS3091 Advanced Media Issues and ARTS3096 Media and Climate Change. Have previously taught Honours, Digital Aesthetics, and many other courses.

Received first grant to develop an educational computer lab in the late 1990s at Macquarie University.
Recipient of a Learning and Teaching Award in 2005/6 concerning Self-Directed Learning using new media.
Recipient of an ITIP UNSW grant in 2008 to develop network literacy platforms.

Currently working on various Media/Network Literacies projects.
Active interest in the digital humanities
Active interest in personalised learning and in AI and education
Developing interest in critique of cognitivist bases for education, fierce critic of learning outcomes as a basis for learning, and promoter of a broadening of thinking about what education is and could be.

Honours and prizes

Shortlisted 2017 for Higher Degree Research supervision prize in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professional contribution

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Have been fortunate enough to supervise 9 PhDs to completion. I am grateful to have worked with the following people.

2004: Belinda Barnet: Lost in the archive : vision, artefact and loss in the evolution of hypertext

2004: Roger Dawkins (joint supervision with Lisa Trahair): Revealing a structure of immanence : Deleuze and the cinematic sign

2005: Peter Jackson: Human - inhuman / posthuman : an inquiry into the development of the post-humanist human (Macquarie University)

2006: John Scannell: James Brown : apprehending a minor temporality

2011: Bernadette Flynn (joint supervision with Jeffrey Shaw): In search of a body: the somatisation of digital cultural heritage

2015: Ihab Shalbak: The Birth of Think Tanks: History, Theory and Politics in the Long American Century

2015: Baden Pailthorpe: Spatial Operations: Peter Sloterdijk and Contemporary Military Atmospheres

2016: Charlotte Farrell: Barrie Kosky's theatre of post-tragic affects

2016 Laura Lotti: The Value of Technics: An Ontogenetic Approach to Money, Markets, and Networks

Currently supervising PhDs on: VR and storytelling, Games and Education (joint with Brigid Costello)

Currently recruiting for PhDs on: Artificial Intelligence and Education (with Kalervo Gulson and Matthew Kearnes), Digital Media and Social Justice (Tanja Dreher and Ramaswami Harindranath are main supervisors)