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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Trees, Elders & Cross Species Connections

Since I have been in Norway, the theme of trees has appeared over and over again. The tree is a metaphor for time and family as well as a connection to the natural world. It makes complete sense here too as Norway has lots of magnificent forests. I have met many tree Elders on my […]

21 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Waters of the Past @ RIXC Open Fields, Riga

Keywords migration, journeying, sustainability, augmented reality, place, ecology, art, identity Overview This presentation focuses on a project-in-progress titled Waters of the Past. The project has emerged from residencies in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway in 2016-17. Waters of the Past explores the iconography of the sea and natural environment as a juxtaposition […]

15 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Hurtigruten Journey

It is some weeks ago that we travelled along the West Coast of Norway on the Hurtigruten. We started in Bergen and ended up in Tromsø. The journey took five days and it was a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. The landscape is nothing short of spectacular and it was a feast for the eyes. […]

14 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Reflections of my time in Drammen

In less than two weeks I will be winging my way home after nearly three months of being based in Norway doing an artist-residency at Drammen Kommune. Yesterday and today were big days – I gave a presentation in the form of a meditation at the Kulturhuset Hovtun in Klokkarstua and today another presentation at […]

13 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Making cultural connections with ancient symbols

Most people who read my blog know that I love symbols and ancient knowledge and that I am also quite obsessed by how different kinds of ancient knowledge informs our understanding of the world. Examples of projects include my obsession with the Wyrd symbol as well as collaborative works, in particular Exchanging breath : Way […]