Rob Harle

Rob Harle is an artist, writer and researcher. His academic work involves research into the philosophy of Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence and the nature of Embodiment. He is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of New England into the relationship of human consciousness and an all-integrating field of matter.

His art practice includes: drawing, sculpture and recently, digital images—both for the web and print. Writing work includes: reviews, academic essays and experimental poetry and short fiction—some co-authored with computer programs. These are published in numerous journals, magazines and books. His formal academic studies comprise: Philosophy of Mind, Comparative Religion, Architecture and Psychotherapy.

Rob's main concern has been to explore and document the radical changes that technology is bringing about. He has coined the term technoMetamorphosis to describe this.

Artwork and selected writings are available from his website: www.robharle.com. Email: www.robharle.com.

Books and Journal Articles

Leonardo Reviews

The Imagined World Made Real: Towards a Natural Science of Culture

April 2004
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Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of The Earth

June 2004
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The Posthuman Condition: Consciousness Beyond the Brain

August 2004
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Science, Not Art: Ten Scientists' DIARIES

October 2004
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Wenda Gu: Art From Middle Kingdom to Biological Millennium

February 2005
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Hyle International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry

February 2005
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Activity-Centered Design: An Ecological Approach to Designing Smart Tools and Usable Systems

June 2005
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Symmetry Comes of Age: The Role of Pattern in Culture

August 2005
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Memories Are Made of This: How Memory Works in Humans and Animals

October 2005
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Dream Bridges—Traumbrücken

April 2006
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The Art of Setting Stones and Other Writings from the Japanese Garden

June 2006
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Symmetry 2000: Parts 1 and 2

June 2006
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Impossible Nature: The Art of Jon McCormack by Jon McCormack, Jon Bird, Alan Dorin and Annemarie Jonson. Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, 2004. 136 pp., illus. ISBN: 1-920805-08-7; ISBN (DVD): 1-920805-09-5.

October 2006
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TCP/IP Essentials: A Lab-Based Approach by Shivendra S. Panwar, Shiwen Mao, Jeong-dong Ryoo and Yihan Li. University of Cambridge Press, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2004. 284 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 052160124X.

October 2006
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Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art by Mignon Nixon. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2005. 312 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 0-262-14089-6.

October 2006
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Monte Grande—What Is Life? directed by Franz Reichle; featuring Francisco Varela and H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, XIV Dalai Lama. First Run/Icarus Films, New York, 2004. VHS, 80 mins., col.

February 2007
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Earth-Mapping: Artists Reshaping Landscape by Edward S. Casey. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A., 2005. 256 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 0-8166-4332-6; ISBN: 0-8166-4333-4

February 2007
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Sex, Drugs, Einstein, Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence by Clifford A. Pickover. Smart Publications, Petaluma, CA, U.S.A., 2005. 318 pp., illus. ISBN: 1-890572-17-9

February 2007
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Mademoiselle and the Doctor by Janine Hosking. First Run/Icarus Films, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A., 2003. Video, 90 min, color. Distributor's web site: www.frif.com

April 2007
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Genes in Development: Re-Reading the Molecular Paradigm edited by Eva M. Neumann-Held and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter. Duke Univ. Press, Durham, NC, U.S.A., 2006. 378 pp., illus. ISBN: 0-8223-3667-7

June 2007
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The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future edited by Marquard Smith and Joanne Morra. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2005. 340 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 0-262-19530-5

June 2007
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YLEM Journal: Artists Using Science and Technology edited by Loren Means. YLEM, San Francisco, CA, May-August 2006. Vol. 26, Nos 6 and 8, 27 pp., illus. SSN: 1057–2031. Journal web site: 〈www.ylem.org

October 2007
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Water Sound Images: The Creative Music of the Universe by Alexander Lauterwasser. Gunter Maria Zielke, trans. MACROmedia Publishing, Newmarket, NH, 2006. 176 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-1-888138-09-2

February 2008
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Cutting Code: Software And Sociality by Adrian Mackenzie. Peter Lang, New York, 2006. 216 pp. Paper. ISBN: 0-8204-7823-7

February 2008
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Art: Key Contemporary Thinkers edited by Diarmuid Costello and Jonathan Vickery. Berg Publishers, Oxford and New York, 2007. 213 pp. Paper. ISBN: 1-84520-319-1

February 2008
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Science as a Spiritual Practice by Imants Barušs, Imprint Academic, Exeter, U.K., 2007. 155 pp. Paper. ISBN: 1845400747

June 2008
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Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2007. 736 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 0-262-18262-1

August 2008
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When Walls Become Doorways: Creativity and the Transforming Illness by Tobi Zausner. Harmony Books, New York, 2007. 374 pp. ISBN: 978-0-307-23808-5

October 2008
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YLEM Journal: Artists Using Science and Technology Loren Means, Editor. San Francisco, U.S.A. May–June 2007. Vol. 27 No. 6: “Autonomous Robots That Paint.” 16 pp., illus. b/w. Journal website: 〈www.ylem.org

October 2008
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Flatland: The Movie Edition by Edwin A. Abbott, with Thomas Banchoff and the Filmmakers of Flatland (Book and DVD). Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 2008. 168 pp., illus. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-0-691-13657-8

February 2009
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Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored by Ralph Lorenz and Jacqueline Mitton. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 2008, 296 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-0-691-12587-9

April 2009
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Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software by Christopher M. Kelty. Duke University Press, Durham and London, U.S.A./U.K., 2008. 400 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 0-8223-0-8223; 0-8223-0-8223

June 2009
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And While I Have Been Lying Here Perfectly Still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files by Philip Monk. Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada, 2009. 136 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 978-0-92-197253-2

June 2010
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Greening through IT: Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability by Bill Tomlinson. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, and London, U.K. 210 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-0-262-01393-2

April 2011
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Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2009.176 pp. Paper. ISBN: 978-0-262-51300-5

February 2011
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D-BA2: Digital-Botanic Architecture II: eTrees, Digital Nature, BioArchitecture by Dennis Dollens. Lumen Inc./Sites Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., 2009. 72 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 978-0-930829-70-4

February 2011
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How to Catch a Robot Rat: When Biology Inspires Innovation by Agnès Guillot and Jean-Arcady Meyer; translated by Susan Emanuel. MIT Press, Cambridge, London, U.S.A., U.K., 2010. 232 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-0-262-01452-6

June 2011
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Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art by Laura U. Marks. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, and London, U.K., 2010. 392 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-01421-2

October 2011
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Leo Villareal edited by the San José Museum of Art. Foreword by Susan Krane; introduction by Steven B. Johnson. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany, 2010. 192 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-3-7757-2656-6

October 2011
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FASTWÜRMS DONKY@NINJA@WITCH: A Living Retrospective by Philip Monk. The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2011. 112 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-0-921972-60-0

April 2012
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Zones of Re-membering: Time, Memory, and (un)Consciousness by Don Gifford; edited by D.E. Morse. Rodopi Amsterdam, New York, NY, 2011. 157 pp. Paper. ISBN: 978-90-420-3259-0

April 2012
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Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life by Justin E.H. Smith. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 2011. 392 pp. ISBN: 978-0-691-14178-7; ISBN: 978-1-400-83872-1

June 2012
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The Techno-Human Condition by Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2011. 192 pp. ISBN: 978-0-262-01569-1

June 2012
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A Field Guide to a New Meta-Field: Bridging the Humanities-Neuroscience Divide edited by Barbara Maria Stafford, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, U.S.A., and London, U.K., 2011. 368 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-226-77055-0

June 2012
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Open Access by Peter Suber. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2012. 230 pp. ISBN: 978-0- 262-51763-8

April 2013
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Computers and Creativity edited by Jon McCormack and Mark d'Inverno. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2012. 430 pp., illus. Trade, ebook. ISBN: 978-3-642-31726-2; ISBN: 978-3-642-31727-9

October 2013
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To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet by Linda Weintraub. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2012. 384 pp. illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-520-27361-0; ISBN: 978-0-520-27362-7

October 2013
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The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art, Revised Edition by Linda Dalrymple Henderson. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2013. 740 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-58244-5

February 2014
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Surrealist Ghostliness by Katharine Conley. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, U.S.A., 2013. 320 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-8032-2659-3

June 2014
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Molecular Aesthetics

October 2014
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New Guide to Poetry and Poetics

February 2015
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Literary Gaming

April 2015
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The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

April 2015
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The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels

October 2015
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An Introduction to the Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht: Revolution and Aesthetics

February 2016
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The Storm of Creativity

October 2016
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Sonic Time Machines: Explicit Sound, Sirenic Voices, and Implicit Sonicity

April 2017
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The Hidden Third

October 2017

Online Reviews

by Oliver Götze and Lieselotte Kugler, Editors
October 2017
by Basarab Nicolescu
February 2017
edited by John C. Lamoreaux
December 2016