Light Box

Selected items ()
Go to Light Box >

My Colleagues‘ News

Tracey M. Benson

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Tracey M. Benson – artist profile”. (retrieved 2020-08-06). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Tracey M. Benson artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2020-08-06}
Tracey Benson is a green geek/artist/researcher into connected communities, sustainability, tech/art synergies, maps and FOSS.

Tracey has been active in a number of media arts communities: in 2007, she co-founded the Canberra chapter of dorkbot with Alexandra Gillespie and was also a moderator on the internationally renowned new media list –empyre- from 2005-07. She has participated in many international digital media events including: Balance-Unbalance15; Waterwheel HOT WATER15, WWWD14; ADA MESH Cities 2014, 2013; ISMAR 2013; SCANZ2015, 2013; ISEA2011, 2008, 2004; THATCamp Canberra 2010; AOIR 2006; Siggraph 2001; N5M4, N5M3 Amsterdam; MAAP2000, 1999.

Her creative work has focused on the connections between landscape and identity. This has been realised through a number of umbrella projects including Big Banana Time Inc (1995-2000) – a parodic investigation of the landscape, tourism and consumerism and Fauxonomy (2007 – 2013). Fauxonomy uses source material of a factual and scientific nature, but by way of constructing a fictitious or personal narrative, the authenticity of the data is challenged.

More recent creative explorations have utilised mobile and hand-held online technologies for the creation of virtual and augmented reality works. Interactive AR works have been produced in Dunedin, Auckland, Copenhagen, Canberra, Kochi and New Plymouth. The move to working with hand held devices has also coincided with an increased focus on working collaboratively with Indigenous groups and individuals to gain better understanding of the landscape we inhabit and to raise awareness of the environmental crisis humanity is facing. Her current major project Words for Water focuses on the humanitarian and environmental issues related to water. Tracey also ultilises solar energy as another material in her installation work, as an attempt to make electronic work ‘off the grid’.

In 2001 she received a Research MA from Queensland University of Technology, focusing on souvenirs, nostalgia and personal identity. In 2010 Tracey was awarded a PhD at The Australian National University, which explores online communities and social networking tools. Recent publications include chapters in Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics and Locating Emerging Media.

Benson is the Secretary/Treasurer for New Zealand based interdisciplinary organisation Intercreate. She is also an Adjunct Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU School of Music, where she is researching semantic web, augmented reality and geolocation technologies and their application to storytelling and notions of place. She is currently based in Canberra, Australia.

1 /
Exhibitions & Events
University of Arizona
Participating Artist
Publications & References