Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 16th

Panel / Flows of Connection (Online)

Authors: Tracey M Benson, Geert Vermeire


Our panel will focus on the themes of a recent virtual creative and educational program “Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania” (LMO), a collaboration between Treecreate and Supercluster, hosted by University of Canberra, Centre for Applied Water Science in late 2021.


Theme: Locative Media, Collaboration, Walking Arts, Augmented Media, Cultural knowledge, Interdisciplinarity, More-than-human, Ancestral knowledge, Rights of Nature

More information:

  • Abstract: “Flows of connection” is a panel discussion which will explore the connective element of water across cultures, technologies and story. In this discussion water is given sentience as a life giving force and its role in supporting life on the planet will frame a discussion and presentation of digital and locative media art works which engage with water and climate issues. 

    The  panel  highlights  the  importance  of  giving  rightful  recognition  to  knowledge  keepers  and  provides  some  guidance  for  readers  interested  in  developing  productive  and  respectful  partnerships  with  First  Nations  collaborators.  Here  knowledge  can  be  safely  shared  and  celebrated as ways  to understand  the world around us  that are restorative and regenerative. The discussion builds on discussions and presentations by speakers and participants at LMO.

  • Biography:  Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and artist, moving constantly between Greece, Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices.  He develops collaborative processes, departing from the ethical involvement of cultural action, together with other creatives and activists comprising ecologists, anthropologists, musicologists, engineers-software developers and multimedia artists. He manages walk listen create, a web portal and online community for walking artists, coordinating Sound Walk September. He is also co-founder of Supercluster, a platform for learning and creating with site specific and locative media, leaning on deep knowledge and agency for a more than human planet, nex to next being the European curator of the Into the Artmosphere/Oika project, that he coordinates together with environmental scientist Rich Blundell. He coordinates, together with Yannis Ziogas, WAC, a bi-annual International Walking Encounters/Conference in Prespa, Greece. Specific interest in his practice goes to walking as a creative instrument, unfolding around human connections, text and space, resulting in works of arts, site-specific interventions, locative media and in creative walks engaging both with the landscape and with those walking through the landscape. Interview with Geert Vermeire. 

    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. 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. 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. 

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