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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

20 Nov 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Journeys to the one water

Saturday was the first time I had seen the Pacific ocean for a while. I always feel a return to centre, a sense of humility and awe when I gaze out on to that immense blue. It was the first body of water that I remember swimming in, though somewhat further north, and over the […]

10 Nov 2017 | Tracey M Benson

From the Archive: Scalpland (1995-1996)

This post was originally posted on Geokult in 2011 – https://geokult.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/scalpland-poetic-performance-1995-1996/ Background This performance based work was initially presented as part of course work for Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Queensland, Department of Art History Visiting Scholar program in 1995. It was later presented at Volt:the new performance at the Institute of Modern Art, […]