10 Mar 2019 | Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

Nordic 5 Arts: Northern Light Exhibition

Really excited to be a part of this exhibition where some of my video works will be presented. From the Facebook event page: “Nordic Light” exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, textiles, video art, and sculptures in ceramic and stone. Members of Nordic Five Arts—Tracey Benson, Colette Crutcher, Ulla De Larios, Olivia Eielson, Ellen Faris, Pam […]

26 Feb 2019 | Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

Words 4 Water @MITWater Night

Tonight some of my video works will be presented at part of the annual MIT Water Night which brings together water scientists, artists, technologists and water lovers. Here is a couple of tweets about the show Super happy to see some of “Words for Water” being exhibited as part of MIT Water Night – wish […]

18 Feb 2019 | Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

When the Rivers Run Dry

This year I have started a new series of works exploring the inland lakes and rivers of the Murray Darling Basin (MDB), building on the Words for Water project. As an ACF River Fellow and River Ambassador, I have learnt a lot from other Fellows from around the MBD about the many challenges the rivers […]

30 Dec 2018 | Tracey M Benson

2018 weft and weave AKA what a year!

As I prepare to write my annual post about the year that was, I can feel the mercury rising. It is predicted to be 39 degrees celsius today in Canberra.* In many ways this sense of anticipation is a bit like how my year unfolded. It started very gently and intensified as the year progressed. […]

07 Oct 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Hand made books #upcycling

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had lots of fun rediscovering the joy of making books. I found a stack of nice paper that had been hidden in the cupboard for years as well as some spare canvas prints that were test prints for an exhibition. I wanted to challenge myself with making […]

01 Oct 2018 | Tracey M Benson

9 Rivers : Stream of consciousness

Originally posted on 9 Rivers: The 9 Rivers group is very pleased to announce that our first project, titled “Stream of consciousness” will be installed in Lierstranda in October. Concept In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode or method that attempts to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind.…

29 Aug 2018 | Tracey M Benson

The reluctant scientist: learning pathways and bias

There have been many times over the past 18 months where I have thought to myself “what the hell am I doing” or “how did I get here”? Those moments have been daunting as well as opportunities for reflection. When I think to the different research and creative projects I have done over the years, […]

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) […]