Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
For many years, artist and researcher Tracey M Benson has focused on notions of identity, place, tourism and borders as themes within her creative practice. Primarily, she uses the www, digital data projections and video as mediums.
Since 1995, she has been working creatively with the World Wide Web, focusing on developing hyper-textual works, video projects and digital animations. Her digital work has been presented in many online galleries and projects in Australia and overseas. In 2001, her work toured regional galleries around Australia as part of the www.cowgrrls.com project initiated by Cooloola Shire Gallery.
In 2007, she co-founded the Canberra chapter of dorkbot with Alexandra Gillespie, which is supported by Canberra Contemporary Art Space. She was also a moderator on the internationally renowned new media list –empyre- from 2005-07. She has participated in a number of international digital media events including: ISEA2011, THATCamp Canberra 2010, ISEA2011, ISEA2008; AOIR 2006; ISEA2004; Siggraph 2001; N5M4, Amsterdam 2003; N5M3; MAAP’99 and MAAP2000.
In 2001, she completed a Research Master’s degree at the Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre (CIRAC) at 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.
She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the ANU School of Music, where she is researching semantic web and geolocation technologies and their application to culture, social media, genealogy and Indigenous kinship systems.
Tracey also works in the Australian Government as a communications, web and IT project manager.