Artistic Bokeh is an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. The group is intertwined with the project Artistic Technology Research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Josh Harle is a multidisciplinary researcher and new media artist investigating cartographic practices, the creation of space through emerging technologies, and their social consequences. His PhD research brought together previous degrees in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Fine Art to explore concepts of virtual and augmented space, as part of an Australia Research Council-funded research project with the New South Wales government's Emergency Information Coordination Unit.
Harle’s practice explores the use of digital technologies to map and make sense of the world. His works take various established and emerging mapping technologies – laser scanning, photogrammetry, geolocation tracking – and re-appropriates them as expressive mediums, altering their outcomes to emphasise an affective element which is normally absent. Through these radical cartographic practices, Harle reveals his own place in a field of competing drives to organise, stake-claims, and dictate boundaries: the map as a performance of exploration, of trying to make sense of the world.
Harle has exhibited internationally in Berlin, Beijing, London, Vienna, New York, and Sydney. In 2015 he will complete an Australia Council ECAP grant-supported residency at the University of Western Australia's Archaeology department, working with archaeologists and local communities in Pilbara and Kimberly to produce virtual tours of vulnerable rock art sites.