Finding the connections
11th November 2016
Speaker: Dr Tracey Benson
Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 12, Level B, Room 2
The synergies between art and science are sometimes discounted and seen as divergent activities, but many scientists and artists would say the opposite is true, recognising the commonalities between the two.
In this presentation a number of case studies will be presented that demonstrate how different knowledge systems can be incorporated to create art that reflects on those connected worlds. Way of the Turtle brings together Indigenous knowledge and focus on country, community empowerment, health and skills sharing with data and making. Intercreate brings together artists, scientists and Indigenous knowledge to focus on environmental issues. TransArt Alliance brings together people and organisations to create transdisciplinary opportunities and projects.
Tracey Benson is an artist and researcher based in Canberra. Her creative work experiments with a range of media including video, online, open data, mobile technologies and augmented reality. She often collaborates with knowledge owners and guides – working with Indigenous communities, scientists, historians, artists, technologists and thinkers. Community engagement and action is a focus and this is echoed in her work with government on sustainability programs at the Department of Environment and Energy plus in her work in the university and community sectors. Tracey is a sessional academic at the Faculty of Art and Design and a Professional Associate of the Institute of Applied Ecology, both at University of Canberra.