Digital Capture

Photogrammetry as rhetoric, fiction, and relic

  • Josh Harle Director of Tactical Space Lab, UNSW Visiting Fellow
Keywords: photogrammetry, art, culture, postcolonialism, critical theory, practice


In this chapter I’ll be exploring the implications of recent developments in ‘photogrammetry’, a digital capture technology that allows the reconstruction of geometrical models of the world from digital images, allowing the autonomous creation of ‘photorealistic’ 3D representations of objects and landscapes from a video or set of photographs. Through an examination of the design decisions and representational aesthetic of photogrammetry, and its typical use in scientific research, I’ll show how the practice of this technology introduces an unacknowledged interpretive framing, conforming to the dominant culture embodied in Western science.

Author Biography

Josh Harle, Director of Tactical Space Lab, UNSW Visiting Fellow

Dr Josh Harle is a multidisciplinary researcher and media artist with a background in computer science, philosophy, and fine arts. His practice explores the contemporary use of digital technologies to map and make sense of the world, critiquing the opaquely ideological practice of digital capture. He is the founder and director of Tactical Space Lab, an experimental VR studio, and a UNSW Art & Design Visiting Fellow.

How to Cite
Harle, Josh. 2018. “Digital Capture: Photogrammetry As Rhetoric, Fiction, and Relic”. In Decolonising the Digital: Technology As Cultural Practice, 49-65. Sydney: Tactical Space Lab.