John Payne in W.G Sebald’s Footsteps…. There is no doubt in my mind that Austerlitz Station in Paris is the key to this rather enigmatic novel which draws a personal and emotional and rather misleading map of Europe, said John, misleading in that the novel appears to be meandering nowhere and the story and […]
The Women’s Arts Association autumn show set a challenge to members: to make something out of cardboard. It was another success, with the artists coming up with new creations for the exhibition in Llanover Hall. My friend Kathy brought her … Continue reading →
Today's tour had all the potential to be something rather special. It was a walking tour of the older part of the city centre with artist interventions. A collaboration between an art festival and a walking tour company. We gathered waiting for it to b...
‘A map can tell me how to find a place I have not seen, but have often imagined. When I get there, following the map faithfully, the place is not the place of my imagination. Maps, growing ever more real, are much less true.’ Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry A map constitutes relationships and connections, […]
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 […]
In the mundane modern semi-detached suburbs slippers, gravel, teatime tables GCSE revision the Moon guides me home welcomes me to this season with its golden corona moonflower harvest sky The Moon ~O~ I speed down the A3 toward Tolworth Tower follow the curve of the road there it is again on the right … Continue reading The Moon Over Tolworth →
It’s finally time to talk about what I’ve been spending nearly all of my days working on since early July, and it feels fantastic, because I have some very exciting news to share.On 20th October, the opening day of the Canterbury Festival, a mixed-real...
Some of my works from my exhibition at CSIRO are now on display at the Institute of Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra 🙂 Very happy to see these works on the walls.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown Manhattan is undergoing a significant renovation and expansion that will increase gallery space by thirty percent upon completion in 2019. In the midst of renovation and following a long hot summer, the museum...
Dr Tracey M Benson, April 2018 *Edited from article commissioned by Institute of Art and Ideas (www.iai.tv) You are at the Eiffel Tower and want to get that perfect picture, a selfie with the tower in the background, just like the ones you see in the travel guides. But there is a problem. You find it […]
It has been a couple of weeks since returning from Cyprus and the Made of Walking residency. This was a really unique residency to be a part of as it linked together many different aspects of my interests in walking, mindfulness and creativity. It was a very valuable experience to be in the company of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
Artists Adrienne Wong and Dustin Harvey use Dérive app as an integral part of their upcoming performance Something Bigger, as part of FoldA, the Festival of Live Digital Art, happening in Kingston, Ontario, from June 19 to June 22. Something Bigger sta...
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 […]
Yellow and 1.0 km drawing.Slumping and 3.6 km drawing.
Outside Richard Jefferies’ House, Ewell Road “Jefferies left school at fifteen and at first continued his habits of solitary wanderings about the local countryside. He dressed carelessly and allowed his hair to grow down to his collar. This, with his “bent form and long, rapid stride made him an object of wonder in the … Continue reading Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018 →
Last Wednesday was a big day. It was my last day of teaching for the semester but also the end of my 20 year sessional journey. I have decided not to continue this kind of work with universities. This decision has not come lightly and it is not because I want to disengage from academic […]