Associate Professor Andrew Murphie

Associate Professor


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


+61 2 9385 5548
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

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.



    • Murphie AK;Potts J, 2003, Culture and Technology, 1, Palgrave, Houndmills

    Book Chapters

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

    Journal articles

    • Murphie A, 2018, 'Fielding Affect: Some Propositions', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, vol. 1, pp. i - xiii,
    • Murphie A, 2018, 'On being affected: feeling in the folding of multiple catastrophes', Cultural Studies, vol. 32, pp. 18 - 42,
    • Murphie A, 2014, 'Making sense: The transformation of documentary by digital and networked media', Studies in Documentary Film, vol. 8, pp. 188 - 204,
    • Murphie AK, 2014, 'Auditland', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 11, pp. 1 - 41,
    • Murphie AK, 2013, 'Convolving Signals: thinking the performance of computational processes', Performance Paradigm,
    • Murphie A, 2012, 'Hacking the aesthetic: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding's new ecologies of signal', Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, vol. 4,
    • Bertelsen L;Murphie AK, 2012, 'Affect, Subtraction and Non-Performance', Peripeti: tidsskrift for dramaturgiske studier, pp. 78 - 87
    • Murphie AK, 2011, 'On Not Performing: the third enclosure and fractal neofeudal fantasies', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 8,
    • Murphie A, 2009, 'Joyce Hinterding and David Haines: High res resonations with the milky way', Computers in Entertainment, vol. 7,
    • Murphie A, 2009, 'Joyce Hinterding and David Haines', Computers in Entertainment, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 1,
    • Murphie AK, 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
    • Mackenzie A;Murphie A, 2008, 'The two cultures become multiple? Sciences, humanities and everyday experimentation', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 23, pp. 87 - 100,
    • Murphie AK;Harley RB, 2007, 'Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica', Culture Machine, vol. 9, pp. Online
    • Murphie A, 2006, 'Media ecologies: Materialist energies in art and technoculture', AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW, vol. 27, pp. 32 - 32,
    • Murphie A, 2006, 'Locating Media Tyrannies', American Book Review, vol. 27, pp. 32 - 32,
    • Murphie AK, 2005, 'Differential Life, Perception and the Nervous Elements: Whitehead, Bergson and Virno on the Technics of Living', Culture Machine, vol. 7 (2005), pp. Online
    • 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, vol. 2, pp. Online
    • Murphie AK, 2005, 'Vibrations in the Air, Performance and Interactive Technics', Performance Paradigm, vol. 1, pp. Online
    • Murphie AK, 2004, 'The world as clock: the network society and experimental ecologies', Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 11, pp. 117 - 139
    • Murphie AK, 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
    • Murphie A, 2003, 'The Electronic Presence of Absence: Remediating Media Studies', Theory & Event, vol. 7,
    • Murphie AK, 2003, 'When Fibre Meets Fibre: Networking as Ritual Meeting of Bod, Brain and Technique', M/C Journal, vol. 6
    • Murphie A, 2000, 'The Trouble with Numbers', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 6, pp. 106 - 110,
    • Murphie AK, 2000, 'The Dusk of the Digital is the Dawn of the Virtual', Enculturation, pp. 1 - 23
    • Murphie A, 1998, 'Flowing: Theories and taboos in popular music studies', Perfect Beat, vol. 3, pp. 85 - 92,
    • Murphie A, 1997, 'Theorising the Virtual', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 3, pp. 122 - 126,
    • Murphie A, 1997, 'Editorial: Machinic theory', Convergence, vol. 3, pp. 5 - 8,
    • 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, vol. 2, pp. 18 - 42,
    • Murphie A, 1996, 'Computers are not theatre: The machine in the ghost in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's thought', Convergence, vol. 2, pp. 80 - 110,
    • Murphie A, 1995, 'The Mystery Remains', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 1, pp. 148 - 151,

    Conference Papers

    • Murphie A;Mcarthur IW;Miller B, 2013, 'augmented_studio: collaboration, interactive media and urban space', in Proceedings of 2nd Hybrid City International Conference, The HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, presented at The HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 23 - 25 May 2013
    • 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 - 19 November 2004
    • 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 - 23 May 2003

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • 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 - 14 March 2017,


    • Murphie AK;Gulson K;Taylor S;Sellar S, 2018, Education, work and Australian society in an AI world: A review of research literature, Sydney
    • 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 Presentations

    • Murphie A, 2018, 'Media Alive: interaction becoming-god, becoming-world', presented at Affects, Interfaces, Events, Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3-5 Aarhus C, Denmark, 29 - 30 August 2018
    • Murphie AK, 2016, 'The "Internet of Actual Occasions" : Juncture (concerning Vectors)', presented at A Whiteheadian Laboratory, Claremont School of Theology, California, 01 - 03 December 2016
    • Murphie AK, 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

Teaching and Supervision

Currently teachingARTS3091 Advanced Media Issuesand ARTS3096Media 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

Honours and prizes

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

Engagement and Professional contributions

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