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Whitelaw, Assoc. Prof. Mitchell

Mitchell Whitelaw

Associate Professor, Media Arts & Production
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C12
Telephone: (02) 6201 5184
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5300

Qualifications Obtained

  • Doctor of Philosophy (2001), University of Technology, Sydney. Thesis Title: Artificial Life in New Media Art
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (1994), University of Wollongong.

Recent Publications


  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life. MIT Press, 2004.

Book Chapters

  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Transmateriality: Presence Aesthetics and the Media Arts.” Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging With Ubiquitous Computing. Ed. Ulrik Ekman. MIT Press, 2012. 223–236.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Right Here, Right Now: On HC Gilje’s Networks of Specificity.” Retrospective Catalogue 2009. Ed. Anne Szefer Karlsen. Hordaland Art Centre, 2010. 82–84.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “System Stories and Model Worlds: A Critical Approach to Generative Art.” Readme 100: Temporary Software Art Factory. Ed. Olga Goriounova. Norderstedt: BoD, 2005. 135–154.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • McCormack, Jon, Oliver Bown, Alan Dorin, Jonathan McCabe, Gordon Monro, and Mitchell Whitelaw. Ten Questions Concerning Generative Computer Art. Leonardo, in press (Accepted July 2012).
  • Dorin, Alan, Jonathan McCabe, Jon McCormack, Gordon Monro, and Mitchell Whitelaw. “A Framework for Understanding Generative Art.” Digital Creativity 23, no. 3–4 (2012): 239–259.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “After the Screen: Array Aesthetics and Transmateriality.” Column 7 (2011): 50–57.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Space Filling And Self-Constraint: Critical Case Studies in Generative Geometry.” Architectural Theory Review 15, no. 2 (2010): 157–165.
  • * Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Visualising Archival Collections: The Visible Archive Project.” Archives & Manuscripts 37, no. 2 (November 2009): 22–40.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. Art Against Information: Case Studies in Data Practice. Fibreculture 11 (2009).
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell, Mark Guglielmetti, and Troy Innocent. “Strange Ontologies in Digital Culture.” ACM Computers in Entertainment 7, no. 1 (2009): 1–13.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Synesthesia and Cross-modality in Contemporary Audiovisuals.” The Senses and Society 3, no. 3 (2008): 259–276.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Watching the Sky.” Photographies 1, no. 2 (2008): 205–220.
  • Barrass, Stephen, Mitchell Whitelaw, and Freya Bailes. “Listening to the Mind Listening: An Analysis of Sonification Reviews, Designs and Correspondences.” Leonardo Music Journal (2006): 13–19.
  • Barrass, Stephen, Mitchell Whitelaw, and Guillaume Potard. “Listening to the Mind Listening.” Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, no. 118 (2006): 60.
  • Dean, Roger T., Mitchell Whitelaw, Hazel Smith, and David Worrall. “The Mirage of Real-time Algorithmic Synaesthesia: Some Compositional Mechanisms and Research Agendas in Computer Music and Sonification.” Contemporary Music Review 25, no. 4 (2006): 311–326.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Morphogenetics: Generative Processes in the Work of Driessens and Verstappen.” Digital Creativity 14, no. 1 (2003): 43–53.
  • Whitelaw, Mitchell. “Sound Particles and Microsonic Materialism.” Contemporary Music Review 22, no. 4 (2003): 93–101.

Refereed Conference Publications


  • “Interactive Visualisation for Text Mining and Analysis.” Research contract under the UC-NICTA umbrella agreement, 2012-2015. Value $118,712.
  • “Interactive Visualisation for Library Photograph Collections.” Contracted research for State Library of New South Wales, 2012. Value $15,000. Outcomes available at Exploring the Manly Local Studies Image Library and TroveMosaic
  • Interactive Visualisation of Australian Prints and Printmaking.” Contracted research for National Gallery of Australia (FAD Micro Linkage project). Value $10,000.
  • “Interactive Data Visualisation for Memory of a Nation” Contracted research for National Archives of Australia, 2011. Value $26,250.
  • “Interactive Visualisation of Text and Topics” Contracted research for National ICT Australia, 2011. Value $20,000
  • “A Process-Based Approach to Generative From Synthesis” ARC Discovery Project DP 1094064. Administered by Monash University; Whitelaw is CI 3. Total value $361,000. UC portion $36,000 (2010-2012).
  • “Data visualisation for Defining Moments” Contracted research for the National Museum of Australia, 2010. Value $5,000.
  • “Interactive Data Visualisation for OpinionWatch” Contracted research for National ICT Australia, 2010. Value $20,000.


  • The Ian Maclean Award, National Archives of Australia. Awarded for “The Visible Archive: Visualising Archival Collections.” Value $15,000.


Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems and data-aesthetics. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. In 2004 his work on a-life art was published in the book Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life (MIT Press, 2004). His current work spans generative art and design, digital materiality, and data visualisation.

Areas of Teaching

  • Media Arts and Production
  • Digital Design

Research Interests

  • New media art and culture
  • Digital materiality
  • Data visualisation
  • Generative systems in art and design
  • Digital cultural heritage