Professor Ross Harley

BArts (Hons), MArts, Doctor Creative Arts

Dean: Art & Design
University of New South Wales
Research Expertise
Electronic Media Art, Film and Television and Digital Media, Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy, Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney, and at the Sydney Opera House.He is a former editor of the journal Art + Text, and has written regular columns on design and popular culture for Rolling Stone and for The Australian national newspaper. He has edited a number of anthologies, including New Media Technologies (1993), Artists in Cyberculture (1993) and Before and After Cinema (1999). Another, entitled Parallel Histories in the Intermedia Age appeared in the Summer of 2000. In 1992 he was the director of the influential International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and returned as Co-Chair of ISEA 2013.

He is also well-known for directing the audio/vision for the Cardoso Flea Circus videos and live performances with Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso. Collaborative work includes Aviopolis (with Gillian Fuller), a multimedia project and book about airports, Black Dog Publications, London; Busface, a photo-media installation with the Ejecutivo Colectivo exhibited at ArtBasel, Miami; and the DVD installation Cloudscope in collaboration with Durbach | Block architects at Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney; and theMuseum of Copulatory Organs with Maria Fernanda Cardoso at the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

Industry Experience

  • Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC LIEF project Design and Art of Australia Online
  • Head of School Media Arts UNSW (2009-13)
  • Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts [NIEA] and Co-Director of the ICinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research until 2013
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales

Awards and Citations

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008