Dr Tracey M Benson is an Australian based interdisciplinary artist, UX designer, researcher and founder of Treecreate. She is passionate about more-than-human design and bridging the links between western ways of thinking with experiential and interconnected knowledge.
Tracey works at the nexus of media arts, digital transformation, ecological systems and citizen empowerment. Her work focuses on issues related to belonging, place, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour change. Walking is central to her creative practice exploring locative and augmented media tools to engage audiences to see their places with fresh eyes.
Her work has been extensively presented internationally in media arts festivals and exhibitions. With a passion for understanding different knowledge systems and engaging audiences, she often collaborates with Indigenous communities and Elders, historians, technologists and scientists.
Tracey most recently co-designed and facilitated the international program Meeting of the Waters:Locative Media Oceania in collaboration with Supercluster, hosted by the Centre for Applied Water Science at University of Canberra. She is listed as an expert with the Australian Academy of Science for her work on citizen engagement and behaviour change around energy and household sustainability.
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, where her thesis explored online communities, activism and social networking tools. She lectures internationally and holds adjunct positions at University of Canberra, the More than Human Lab at Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, the eXtended Reality Collective at Charles Sturt University and is an Advisor for the TransArt Institute. As an independent academic, Tracey has assessed a number of PhDs and is an advisor for PhDs in Australia, UK and USA across a range of disciplines including organisational psychology, media arts and urban design. She is currently working as a sessional academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Tracey is a personality of generousity; directed, cooperative, an artist of life, she changes where she lives. She combines a capacity to research her materials appropriately with a brilliantly original and controlled theatrical direction in realising them in performance in installation works. I recommend her and her work unreservedly. Paul Carter
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Leadership roles in artistic/cultural organisations:
- Board Member, Bribie Island Community Arts Society (2022-)
- Trustee of the Intercreate Trust (2013-) based in New Zealand
- Board Director of Ethos Global Foundation (2015-2017)
- Co-founder of Dorkbot CBR (2007-2013)
- Moderator on the online community -empyre- (2003-2006)
- Board Member of the Institute of Modern Art (1997-2000)
- Co-founder of Women and Arts (WandA)(1994-1998)
A perpetual student, Tracey is currently undertaking a Research Masters of Applied Science in energy efficiency and sustainability behaviour change focusing on energy vulnerability.