Visualising Raynal

Visualising changes through three editions of Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes. With Geoff Hinchcliffe and Glenn Roe.


Projects · January 2018

Australasian data practices: Mining, scraping, mapping, hacking

in Artlink 37:1, Data Visual. A look at data practice in Australia and New Zealand through the work of four prominent creators spanning visualisation, cartography and digital heritage.

Writing · November 2017

Marking Time

A catalogue essay on time, attention and climate change for Jo Law's Illustrated Almanac of the Illawarra and Beyond.

Writing · August 2017

Pings: Matter, Environment and Technology in the work of HC Gilje

A text commissioned by Norwegian artist HC Gilje for his monograph Conversations with Spaces.

Writing · May 2017

Local Kin

A visual explorer for biodiversity data


Projects · December 2016


A multilayered portrait of the Murrumbidgee river system, made out of data


Projects · March 2016

Asia Art Archive Bibliography Interfaces

Generous interfaces for the Asia Art Archive's online bibliography of Indian art


Projects · December 2015

Macaulay Library Remix

An experimental "unsolicited" interface to the wildlife audio collection of the Macaulay Library


Projects · August 2015

Accretor: Generative materiality in the work of Driessens and Verstappen

in Artificial Life 21 (3): 307–312 (Summer 2015)


Writing · August 2015

Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections

in Digital Humanities Quarterly 9(1) (2015). This paper updates and expands my previous writing on generous interfaces


Writing · July 2015

Representing Digital Collections

in Performing Digital: Multiple Perspectives on a Living Archive, ed. David Carlin and Laurene Vaughan (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015)


Writing · May 2015

Epistemological Machines and Protocomputing

With Ralf Baecker, in Experiencing the Unconventional: Science in Art ed. Theresa Schubert and Andrew Adamatzky. World Scientific, 2015.


Writing · February 2015


Digital fossils from the history of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. An experiment in generative heritage


Projects · November 2014

Discover the Queenslander

A generous interface to 1,000 covers and pages from The Queenslander, 1890-1939. Developed with Geoff Hinchliffe.


Projects · June 2014

Nolan Explorer

An exploratory interface for the Canberra Museum and Gallery's Nolan Collection


Projects · March 2014

The Institutional Harvest

Visualising the history of women's services and agencies in Australia, 1970-2011


Projects · December 2013

Sheer Hardware: Material Computing in the Work of Martin Howse and Ralf Baecker

In Scan 10(2) (2013), "The In/Visibilities of Code"


Writing · December 2013

Towards Generous Interfaces for Archival Collections

This paper makes the case for the limitations of search, and proposes instead the concept of “generous interfaces” for digital collections


Writing · October 2013

Figuring Data

A catalog essay commissioned for Datascape, an exhibition at QUT's Cube Gallery, April 2013.


Writing · June 2013

Explore Australian Prints + Printmaking

Three experimental, "generous" interfaces for the National Gallery of Australia's Australian Prints + Printmaking site


Projects · April 2013

Ten Questions Concerning Generative Computer Art

with Jon McCormack, Ollie Bown, Alan Dorin and Jonathan McCabe; in Leonardo 47(2) (2014)


Writing · March 2013


An experimental "generous" interface for the Trove picture search


Projects · December 2012

Transmateriality: Presence Aesthetics and the Media Arts

in Throughout, ed Ulrik Ekman, MIT Press 2012


Writing · December 2012

A Framework for Understanding Generative Art

with Alan Dorin, Jonathan McCabe, Jon McCormack and Gordon Monro; in Digital Creativity 23 (2012).

Writing · November 2012

Manly Images

An experimental web interface to the Manly Local Studies Image collection


Projects · October 2012

Weather Bracelet and Measuring Cup: Case studies in data sculpture

Practice-led research in data sculpture and tangible visualisation.


Writing · May 2012

Playing with Complexity: An Approach to Exploratory Data Visualisation

with Ben Ennis Butler and Sam Hinton, presented at ACUADS 2011


Writing · September 2011

Local Colour and Networked Specificity

Investigating digital materiality using generative fabrication and cardboard vegetable boxes. A paper presented at ISEA 2011


Writing · August 2011

Memory of a Nation Multitouch Interactive

A multi-touch interactive for the National Archives, in collaboration with Lightwell.

Projects · June 2011

Local Colour

A generative fabrication project in recycled laser-cut cardboard.

Projects · June 2011

After the Screen: Array Aesthetics and Transmateriality

Presented at the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference, Artspace, November 2010

Writing · March 2011

Networked Production: On Making with Bits and Atoms

A short essay on craft, making and digital fabrication for Craft Australia's eNews 54

Writing · August 2010

Exploring the Digital Commons: An Approach to the Visualisation of Large Heritage Datasets

with Sam Hinton; presented at EVA 2010


Writing · July 2010

Measuring Cup

Representing long time-series of climate data in small, tangible forms.

Projects · June 2010

Visualising Archival Collections: The Visible Archive Project

in Archives and Manuscripts 37


Writing · October 2009

Right Here, Right Now: On HC Gilje’s Networks of Specificity

A catalogue essay on the work of HC Gilje, commissioned for his 2009 solo exhibition Blink at the Hordaland Art Centre


Writing · October 2009

Limits to Growth (Exurbs)

Self-constraining growth forms robot-plotted onto paper islands.

Projects · October 2009

Weather Bracelet

A wearable dataform made from 365 days of Canberra weather

Projects · September 2009

The Visible Archive

A research project on the visualisation of archival collections, supported by the National Archives of Australia.

Projects · July 2009

Landscape, Slow Data and Self-Revelation

An invited contribution to Kerb 17: Is Landscape Architecture Dead?


Writing · May 2009

Strange Ontologies in Digital Culture

With Mark Guglielmetti and Troy Innocent, in ACM Computers in Entertainment 7


Writing · February 2009

Watching the Street

Slit-scanning the streetscape, revealing patterns of change and stasis in human and environmental activity.

Projects · November 2008

Limits to Growth

Generative experiments with self-limiting growth.

Projects · September 2008

Watching the Sky

Visualising change in the environment, using long image time-series.

Projects · July 2008

Synesthesia and Cross-Modality in Contemporary Audiovisuals

in Senses and Society 3(3) (2008)


Writing · April 2008

Art Against Information: Case Studies in Data Practice

in Fibreculture 11


Writing · February 2008

System stories and model worlds: a critical approach to generative art

Presented at Readme 100, Dortmund (2005) and published in Readme 100: temporary software art factory


Writing · February 2006

Hearing Pure Data: Aesthetics and Ideals of Data-Sound

An essay on data-bending, microsound and sonification commissioned by Sonic Acts X


Writing · September 2004

Playing Games with Reality: Only Fish Shall Visit and Interactive Documentary

Catalog essay for Brogan Bunt's Halfeti: Only Fish Shall Visit (2002)


Writing · December 2002