CV and Contact

Melinda Rackham
artist ~ curator ~ writer

global now:

Its great revisting -empyre- [soft-skinned space], the forum created as part of my PhD in 2002, to contribute to the February discussion New Year/ New Tools and Technologies.

local now:
Theatre of Detail
Look out for my catalogue essay for the wonderful Theatre of Detail exhibition, new work by Gray Street workshop partners Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman, set to tour nationailly and internationally in 2015 and  2016. It will be launched at Gray Street Gallery opening on 5 March 2015.

Grat ST

coming soon:
Art of the Networked Practice | Online Symposium
I will be spaking at this international gathering exploring emergent forms of networked research, artistic production, and teaching in the arts. Intended as a global and inclusive gathering, without registration fees, the symposium unites local and remote speakers and audiences via Web-conferencing from around the world to discuss a range of topics, including: distributed teaching and studio models, collective research, peer-to-peer cultural production, networked performance, big data cultural analytics, and a broad range of issues in Internet art & culture.

networked practcie

recent national:

Bundanon Trust Artist In Residence
my residency at Bundanon enables research and writing time for my first novel Attachment. This highly intimate memoir deals with issues of identity, loss and grief brought about by the traumatic separation at birth from my mother and my subsequent adoption,  then the removal of my only child when I was 15, also through forced adoption.

home away
home away from home - the Musicians Cottage
at Bundanon

global now:

see my 1996 net art work
tunnel (exploring the slimey arena of cybersex)
in the VAGINA 2.0, show at Vagina Museum, Vienna, Austria, from May 2014

recent local:

visit The Microscope Project at
Flinders Art Museum & City Gallery at the State Library, Adelaide, Australia
and read my catalogue essay Manifest De Stillare

Artists Nicholas Folland, Ian Gibbins, Deb Jones, Catherine Truman, and Angela Valamanesh reconstruct wonderful, surprising and intelligent artworks from decomissioned analogue microscopes.
Exhibition dates: 26 July - 21 September 2014

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Active for over 20 years in the local, national and international media and contemporary arts arena, Melinda has extensive knowledge of art forms emerging in new and traditional technologies, such as e-literature, networked, distributed, responsive and mediated arts. As a pioneering Australian Internet artist - intertwining narratives of still and moving image, responsive code, sound and hypertext, Rackham exhibited her award winning net art sites and virtual worlds at major global festivals and biennales from 1995. In 2002 she established -empyre-, one of the world’s leading networked media arts and critical theory forums. Documenta XII published extensive discussions from -empyre-, and lively debate continues today under changing global editorial teams. Melinda was appointed inaugural Curator of Networked Art at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in 2003 where she curated Australia’s first major survey of Networked Art. Moving to South Australia in 2005, as Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) until 2009, she widened opportunities and audiences for artists and writers working with Science and emerging technologies. More recently Dr Rackham was Adjunct Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT University and spent several periods curating moving image in public arenas and researching the cultural impact of media arts in China and Hong Kong. Melinda is currently reengaging with her personal creative practice, writing her memoir on identity formation in forced adoption and relations in online environments.