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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Exploring Riga

I have spent the past few days in Riga – coming to take part in RIXC Open Fields and present a paper on Waters of the Past – especially focusing on the recent exploration of the runes, DNA music and 360 camera work. I also talked about the collaboration with Josiah Jordan on this project […]

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 […]