Associate Professor Andrew Murphie

Associate Professor Andrew Murphie

Honorary Associate Professor


Arts, Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Andrew Murphie's work examines the productive nature of process and intensity. He works at the junction of digital and networked media, philosophy and politics—as these are filtered through generative process in media, arts and philosophy, dynamic modeling of all types, and new forms of cooperation in politics/social organization. His current writing is on "the world as medium", affect, and the philosophy of intensity (Deleuze, Whitehead, Haraway, etc) in relation to media and communications (contemporary media and cultural theory), different understandings of thinking and perception, climate change and a critique of performance culture. 

Andrew also works on electronic arts and design (eg cross signal processing), performance in all its senses, ‘speculative pragmatics’ (Massumi/Manning), and extended and dynamicist theories of mind. He has an interest in the contemporary transformation of publishing (from academic publishing to books, music, journalism), both new practices and theory, as well as related events in education and knowledge mobilization and exchange (technics, methods, and new network, information and, e.g.  attentional literacies).

Andrew is the co-author of Culture and Technology, with John Potts. Recent/forthcoming publications include: 'The World as Medium: Whitehead's Media theory', 'Auditland', ‘Making Sense: the transformation of documentary by digital and networked media’, ‘Convolving Signal: Thinking the Performance of Computational Processes’, 'Performance as the Distribution of Life: from Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari', ‘Deleuze, Guattari and Neuroscience’ and, with Lone Bertelsen, 'An Ethics of Everyday Infinities and Powers: Félix Guattari on Affect and the Refrain’ in the Affect Theory Reader.

Andrew works as a CI on an international partnership network grant funded by the Canadian SSHRC (7 years from 2013), run by Erin Manning: Immediations: art, media, event (experimental humanities, philosophy, researcj-creation). He is affiliated with the National Institute for Experimental Arts at UNSW Art and Design in Sydney, and was recently a visiting researcher at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University in Denmark. From 2007-2011 he was a Chief Investigator (with Dr Anna Munster) on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Dynamic Media: innovative social and artistic developments in new media in Australia, Britain, Canada and Scandinavia since 1990. He is also involved in several Learning and Teaching development projects. 

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  • Books | 2016
    Murphie A; Massumi B; Munster A; Bertelsen L; Manning E; Bordeleau E; Rousell C; Brunner C; Farrell C; Topp M; Jeffries E; Fritsch E; Fritsch J; Kellokumpu S; Plumb L; Scliar B; Gabriels J; Kolozsvari C; Morales M; Sempert M; Patterson T; Roumagnac V; Mason J; Trento F; Fogliano A; Kuipers H; Goodman A; Lee M, 2016, The Go-To How-To Guide to Anarchiving, Murphie AK, (ed.), The Senselab, Montréal,
    Books | 2003
    Murphie AK; Potts J, 2003, Culture and Technology, 1, Palgrave, Houndmills
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Gulson K; Murphie A; Witzenberger K, 2021, 'Amazon Go for Education: Artificial Intelligence, Disruption, and Intensification', in Wyatt-Smith C; Lingard B; Heck E (ed.), Digital Disruption in Teaching and Testing Assessments, Big Data, and the Transformation of Schooling, Routledge, London, pp. 90 - 106,
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Gulson KN; Murphie A; Witzenberger K, 2021, 'Amazon Go for Education?', in Digital Disruption In Teaching And Testing, Routledge, pp. 90 - 106,
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Murphie A, 2021, 'Technics Lifeless and Technics Alive: Activity Without and With Content', in Stavning Thomsen BM; Kofoed J; Fritsch J (ed.), Affects, Interfaces, Events, IMBRICATE!, Lancaster and Vancouver, pp. 59 - 94,
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Murphie A, 2020, 'The Digital’s Amodal Affect', in Houen A (ed.), Affect and Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 390 - 407,
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Murphie A, 2019, 'An Internet of Actual Occasions: Notes Toward Understanding 21st Century Tendencies in Media, Communications, and World', in Faber R; Halewood M; Davis AM (ed.), Propositions in the Making: Experiments in a Whiteheadian Laboratory, Rowman and Littlefield, Maryland, pp. 85 - 114,
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Murphie A, 2019, 'The World as Medium: A Whiteheadian Media Philosophy', in Munster A; Stavning Thomsen BM; Manning E (ed.), Immediation I, Open Humanities Press, London, pp. 16 - 47,
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Murphie AK, 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,
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Murphie A, 2013, 'Shadow’s forces/force’s shadows', in Stillness in a Mobile World, pp. 21 - 37,
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Bertelsen L; Murphie A, 2010, 'An Ethics of Everyday Infinities and Powers', in The Affect Theory Reader, Duke University Press, pp. 138 - 157,
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Murphie A, 2010, 'Deleuze, Guattari, and Neuroscience', in The Force of the Virtual, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 277 - 300,
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Murphie AK; Bertelsen L, 2010, '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
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Murphie AK, 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
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Murphie AK, 2009, 'Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aescylus to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari', in Cull L (ed.), Deleuze and Performance, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 221 - 239
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Murphie AK, 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
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Murphie AK, 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
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Murphie A, 2005, 'Putting the virtual back into VR', in A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari, pp. 188 - 214,
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Murphie A, 2018, 'Fielding Affect: Some Propositions', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, 1, pp. i - xiii,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Murphie A, 2018, 'On being affected: feeling in the folding of multiple catastrophes', Cultural Studies, 32, pp. 18 - 42,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Murphie AK, 2014, 'Auditland', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 11, pp. 1 - 41,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Murphie AK, 2014, 'Making sense: the transformation of documentary by digital and networked media', Studies in Documentary Film, 8, pp. 188 - 204,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Murphie AK, 2013, 'Convolving Signals: thinking the performance of computational processes', Performance Paradigm,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Bertelsen L; Murphie AK, 2012, 'Affect, Subtraction and Non-Performance', Peripeti: tidsskrift for dramaturgiske studier, pp. 78 - 87
    Journal articles | 2012
    Murphie AK, 2012, 'Hacking the aesthetic: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding’s new ecologies of signal', Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, 4, pp. 1 - 14,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Murphie AK, 2011, 'On Not Performing: the third enclosure and fractal neofeudal fantasies', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, 8,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Murphie A, 2009, 'Joyce Hinterding and David Haines', Computers in Entertainment, 7, pp. 1 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Murphie AK, 2009, 'Be Still, Be Good, Be Cool: The Ambivalent Powers of Stillness in an Overactive World', M/C Journal, 12, pp. n/a - n/a
    Journal articles | 2009
    Murphie AK, 2009, 'Joyce Hinterding and David Haines: High res resonations with the milky way', Computers In Entertainment, 7,
    Journal articles | 2008
    Mackenzie A; Murphie AK, 2008, 'The two cultures become multiple? Sciences, humanities and everyday experimentation', Australian Feminist Studies, 23, pp. 87 - 100,
    Journal articles | 2007
    Murphie AK; Harley RB, 2007, 'Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica', Culture Machine, 9, pp. Online
    Journal articles | 2006
    Murphie A, 2006, 'Locating Media Tyrannies', American Book Review, 27, pp. 32 - 32,
    Journal articles | 2006
    Murphie AK, 2006, 'Media ecologies: Materialist energies in art and technoculture', American Book Review, 27, pp. 32 - 32,
    Journal articles | 2005
    Murphie AK, 2005, 'Differential Life, Perception and the Nervous Elements: Whitehead, Bergson and Virno on the Technics of Living', Culture Machine, 7 (2005), pp. Online
    Journal articles | 2005
    Murphie AK, 2005, 'The Mutation of `Cognition` and the Fracturing of Modernity: cognitive technics, extended mind and cultural crisis', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, 2, pp. Online
    Journal articles | 2005
    Murphie AK, 2005, 'Vibrations in the Air, Performance and Interactive Technics', Performance Paradigm, 1, pp. Online
    Journal articles | 2004
    Murphie AK, 2004, 'The world as clock: the network society and experimental ecologies', Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 11, pp. 117 - 139
    Journal articles | 2004
    Murphie AK, 2004, 'Vertiginous mediations: Sketches for a dynamic pluralism in the study of computer games', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, 110, pp. 73 - 95
    Journal articles | 2003
    Murphie A, 2003, 'Review: The New Media Reader', Media International Australia, 108, pp. 191 - 192,
    Journal articles | 2003
    Murphie A, 2003, 'The Electronic Presence of Absence: Remediating Media Studies', Theory & Event, 7,
    Journal articles | 2003
    Murphie AK, 2003, 'When Fibre Meets Fibre: Networking as Ritual Meeting of Bod, Brain and Technique', M/C Journal, 6
    Journal articles | 2001
    Murphie A, 2001, 'Is Philosophy Ever Enough?', Film-Philosophy, 5,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Murphie A, 2000, 'The Trouble with Numbers', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 6, pp. 106 - 110,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Murphie AK, 2000, 'The Dusk of the Digital is the Dawn of the Virtual', Enculturation, pp. 1 - 23
    Journal articles | 1998
    Murphie A, 1998, 'Flowing: Theories and taboos in popular music studies', Perfect Beat, 3, pp. 85 - 92,
    Journal articles | 1997
    Murphie A, 1997, 'Editorial: Machinic theory', Convergence, 3, pp. 5 - 8,
    Journal articles | 1997
    Murphie A, 1997, 'Theorising the Virtual', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 3, pp. 122 - 126,
    Journal articles | 1996
    Murphie A, 1996, 'Computers are not theatre: The machine in the ghost in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's thought', Convergence, 2, pp. 80 - 110,
    Journal articles | 1996
    Murphie A, 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', Perfect Beat, 2, pp. 18 - 42,
    Journal articles | 1995
    Murphie A, 1995, 'The Mystery Remains', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 1, pp. 148 - 151,
  • Conference Presentations | 2018
    Murphie A, 2018, 'Media Alive: interaction becoming-god, becoming-world', presented at Affects, Interfaces, Events, Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3-5 Aarhus C, Denmark, 29 August 2018 - 30 August 2018
    Reports | 2018
    Murphie AK; Gulson K; Taylor S; Sellar S, 2018, Education, work and Australian society in an AI world: A review of research literature, Sydney
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2017
    Gemeinboeck P; Knox E; Bennett J; Murphie A, (eds.), 2017, 'Journal Issue: FCJ-28 Creative Robotics: Rethinking Human Machine Configurations', Open Humanities Press, N.A., presented at The Fibreculture Journal, N.A., 14 March 2017 - 14 March 2017,
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Murphie AK, 2016, 'The "Internet of Actual Occasions" : Juncture (concerning Vectors)', presented at A Whiteheadian Laboratory, Claremont School of Theology, California, 01 December 2016 - 03 December 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Murphie AK, 2015, 'The World as Medium: Whitehead’s Media Theory', presented at Affect Theory Conference—Worldings/Tensions/Futures, Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 14 October 2015 - 17 October 2015
    Other | 2015
    Murphie AK, 2015, Framing Degree Zero: Virtual Realities and the World as Medium,
    Reports | 2015
    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,
    Conference Papers | 2013
    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), Athens, Greece, pp. 379 - 386, presented at Hybrid City 2013 Subtle Revolutions, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 23 May 2013 - 25 May 2013
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Murphie AK, 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 November 2004 - 19 November 2004
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Murphie AK, 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 May 2003 - 23 May 2003

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

My Teaching

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.

Current HDR supervision:

  • 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)

Recent HDR completions:
I 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