10 Aug 2018 | Tracey M Benson

The reluctant scientist

As most of you know, I have a background in media arts and technology, focusing for many years on emerging communications technologies such as online environments, data driven public art, augmented reality and now virtual reality. What some of you may not know is that I am currently undertaking a Research Masters of Applied Science […]

05 Jul 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Made of Walking : walking in silence

Yesterday started with a silent walking workshop with Ienke Kastelein. Although the workshop started at 8am it was already very hot. Our small group ventured up the hill in silence, meeting under the shade of a tree so Ienke could guide us to the next part of the workshop. We were asked to see want […]

03 Jul 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Leaf, contour, coastline and more from Plant(e)scape

Last night Simona Vermiere gave a talk about her research focused walking and plants, exploring some of her PhD work and talking about how she came to coin the term Plant(e)scape. Starting with Thoreau, Simona wove a discussion about the relationships between humans and plants through writers including Emerson, Marder and Harraway. You can find […]

02 Jul 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Letters to a tree – Wanderlust

After waking up to an amazing sunrise, I set off early for the first of the Made of Walking workshops. This morning Stefan van Biesen and Annemie Mestdagh presented a workshop titled Wanderlust. Our small group ventured up the hill, finding a shady spot in the orchard. Stefan opened the conversation by talking about a tree that […]

01 Jul 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Plant(e)scape Made of Walking, Cyprus

Well – after an exceedingly long journey (even by Australian standards), I made it to Neo Chorio in Cyprus for Made of Walking. And now I am here. At the place where the sea gave birth to Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and sensuality. Over the past couple of months, I have immersed myself in […]

29 Jun 2018 | Tracey M Benson

ANZSOG BehaviourWorks Behaviour Change Masterclass

This week I went to the ANZSOG Behaviour change in public policy masterclass led by BehaviourWorks.  The two-day workshop aimed to help participants to use tools that can increase the chances of behaviour change in a target audience. The course focused on methods that could be scaled for projects of different sizes and with different budgets and was led by […]

25 Jun 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Ancestral Journeys at ISEA 2018

If you are lucky enough to be heading over to Durban to ISEA2018, try and find some time to check out Ancestral Journeys, which is being included as part of the artistic program. To date, Ancestral Journeys has been presented at: CSIRO Discovery Centre 2018 (AU) SCANZ2018, Parihaka (NZ) RIXC Open Fields 2017, Riga (LV) […]

16 Jun 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Exploring Vuforia and Unity

The past week or so I have delved into Unity to create an augmented reality (AR) app with Vuforia. This is a completely different process of creating AR as compared to Aurasma / HP Reveal which has been my AR content creation tool for the past 5 years. Each step in the process was painstaking […]

06 Jun 2018 | Tracey M Benson

#365walk project

Earlier this year I made an ambitious claim about walking for at least 30 minutes a day and recording images from my walks. The project is titled #365walk and I am collecting images via my Instagram account in 2018. Incorporating regular walking into my creative practice has opened lots of different ways to imagine the […]

17 Apr 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Disciplinary diversity widget: how does your team measure up?

Originally posted on Integration and Implementation Insights: Community member post by Brooke Struck Brooke Struck (biography) Would it be useful to have a tool to quickly measure the disciplinary diversity of your team? At Science-Metrix we’ve created a widget for just such a purpose. In this post, I’ll explain what the disciplinarity widget does, how…

08 Apr 2018 | Tracey M Benson

How is transformative knowledge ‘co-produced’?

Originally posted on Integration and Implementation Insights: Community member post by Andy Stirling, Adrian Ely and Fiona Marshall Andy Stirling (biography) It’s often said that knowledge to tackle big problems in the world – food, water, climate, energy, biodiversity, disease and war – has to be ‘co-produced’. Tackling these problems is not just about solving…

22 Feb 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Giving Voice to the Feminine @ Women* Art and Feminism

This post is the online version of a paper presented at the Women*, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 symposium, at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. The summary states: Women*, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 seeks to bring together diverging and complementary views on feminism, its history, practice […]

20 Feb 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Revisiting ‘My Country’

In 1997 I created a looping video work on VHS – My Country. This work explored ideas of place, nationhood and identity by casting a critical eye on some of the iconic images and words that describe this land known as Australia. The idea for the work came when I found some old prints in […]

10 Feb 2018 | Tracey M Benson

9 Rivers @ Australia + Norway

Description 9 Rivers is a collaborative project focusing on the importance of rivers. The project team comprises Anne-Britt Rage (NO), Anneke von der Fehr (NO), Josiah Jordan (NZ) and Tracey Benson (AU). The artists explore a range of media including photography, video, performance as well as augmented and virtual reality. It is the latest chapter […]

25 Jan 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Ancient Journeys @ CSIRO Discovery Centre

My most recent works are on display at the CSIRO Discovery Centre until 2 March 2018. For international followers CSIRO means “Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.” The exhibition, Ancient Journeys: Waters of the Past expands on the Waters of the Past project and the bigger Words for Water project. I am having a closing […]

07 Jan 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Ways of seeing Country: Songlines and Dombrovskis

Today it was hot. REALLY HOT. Apparently at 2pm the thermometer reached 40.6 at the Epic Exhibition Centre. It was even hotter in Western Sydney so I guess we should be counting our blessings. Our strategy for beating the heat today was to get to some places with air conditioning – mainly because we have […]

01 Jan 2018 | Tracey M Benson

2017 in the rear view mirror

This year I plan to be more organised and so wanted to get this post up before the dust settles on 2017 – unlike my 2016 review post which was a wee bit late, coming out in early Feb :-). As 2017 came to a close, I enjoyed some quiet time with our family, not […]