Speaking gigs

This page provides links to some of my lectures, artist talks and seminar presentations. The presentation below is about a current art project Words for Water, which explores sustainability and water as a theme.

Over the years, I have worked across a range of sectors including arts, education and government. I enjoy finding bridges between these worlds and work to find the benefits of thinking differently across spaces.

From XMP2013 - Sustainability
From XMP2013 – Sustainability blog (http://xmp2013.blogspot.com.au/) “Multimedia artist, Dr. Tracey M. Benson, presented an overview of her practice focussing particularly on residencies and artefacts related to sustainability. She shared many inspiring ideas such as the Scalpland performance where she shaved her hair and drew a map on her head, to the kitsch souvenirs decorated with giant things juxtaposed against European landscapes, to the SCANZ residency acknowledging the environmental crisis; Engaging with Maori and indigenous peoples; Engaging with Sciences and the Hybrid Arts.”

I am happy to come and chat to your group about a variety of subjects.

Subjects I am often asked to speak about are:

  • Applied models of transdisciplinarity in community context
  • Why am I obsessed by maps?
  • How can an online campaign change people’s behaviours?
  • What does online success look like?
  • What the heck is Dorkbot?
  • How online activism changed the world
  • Place and identity

Here is a selected list of my presentations, contact me if you want the complete list.


Way of the Turtle (Prezi)Land Dialogues, Wagga Wagga, April 2016

Curator, Water Works Water-Wheel  – focus on data, the importance of rivers and cultural connections, March 2016

Speaker, Using Data to Empower Community and Build Culture (Prezi)Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia, University of Canberra, March 2016


Workshop participant to invitation only event: Canberra Digital Inclusion Manifesto Workshop, National Library of Australia

Panel chair, “Vanuatu Women’s Water Music”, Gender in the Pacific, State of the Pacific conference, Australian National University

Contributor (with Ian Clothier, delivered by Deborah Lawler-Dormer) ISEA2014 Educational Forum, American University in Dubai

Words for Water, Waterwheel World Water Week Symposium (2014)

Artist Talk, PhotoAccess, Canberra November 2014

Panel discussion, Performing the City, ADA Mesh Cities Symposium, Auckland September 2014

Panel discussion, KM Australia 2014 Congress, Knowledge Border Crossings, Sydney, July 2014

Cross Connections: Linking Art, Science and Identity, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra April 2014

Words for Water, Waterwheel World Water Week 2014 Symposium (WWWD14)

Invited Speaker, Inaugural Digital Humanities Meetup, Canberra

Panel discussion, ADA MESH Cities, Dunedin (Skype)

Panel discussion, ISMAR, Adelaide (via video)

Curator, Taranaki Talesdorkbot cbr, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Remotely Connected, Remotely Creative, ISEA Istanbul

“Dorkbot CBR”, Electrofringe, Newcastle, Australia

Dorkbot CBR, Girl Geek Dinners, Canberra

“Now like no place: no place like now”, ISEA2008

AOIR conference, Brisbane, Topic: Online organising, real world responses, new world consequences

ISEA2004, Tallinn, Estonia, Topic: Wearable experience and textile symbolism (Panel: Geopolitics of Media: Asylum seekers and border crossings)

N5M4: De Balie, Amsterdam. Topic: Online networks and public outcomes in Canberra, Australia (TAZ)

Borderpanic: The Performance Space + Museum of Contemporary Art, Topic: ACT Regional Report

‘Joining the dots: The CAMEO 10th International Conference’, University of Canberra, Topic: Cross connections


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