Melinda Rackham

Australia —


Member Since January 1, 1996


Bio: Artist and Author Dr Melinda Rackham is a pioneering web artist, who wove tales of intimacy and identity online when the internet was new. As a cultural producer, curator and writer, she widened audiences for new artforms and engaged with the broader spectrum of media arts, art and science, making and design practices. Melinda’s is currently creating cross media immersive environments and public interventions. She writes poetry, socially informed texts and fictive memoir; and continues to interrogate the philosophies and processes of interdisciplinary arts practices.

1989 BA in Visual Arts - Sculpture and Performance, COFA, UNSW
1997 MA - Gender and Interactive Media, UOW
2003 PhD in Virtual Media, Art & Design/Sociology, UNSW

Artist/Poet in Residence: Sauerbier House, producing WhiteWash exhibition installation/performance/website
Author: Catherine Truman : Touching Distance, Monograph, 192 pages, Wakefield Press
Panellist: GOMA Talks - Is technology feminism's new frontier? QAGOMA Brisbane, GOMA TV and Radio National Big Ideas
Steering Committee: The Space Between, Public Monument for Forced Adoptions, Adelaide
Writer: With the Tip of a Needle, Garland Magazine, #2, ed Kevin Murray, Melbourne/online

Media Artist: WIMP: Windows, Icons, Menus & Pointers, Large Screen animations commissioned by Adelaide City Council for Rundle Lantern
Panelist: Art of the Networked Practice, Nanyang University, Singapore/online
Essayist: Manifest de Stillaire, The Microscope Project Catalogue, Flinders University Art Museum
Speaker: Attachment, Transforming Image and Text, Conference, UWS, Sydney
Writer in Residence: Bundanon Trust, Attachment Memoir, NSW
Asialink Arts Management Residency: Videotage, Hong Kong
Advisor: Digital Communities, Prix Ars Electronica, Austria
Visual Art, Craft and Design Committee: Arts SA, South Australia
Partner Curator: Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Adelaide
Adjunct Professor: School of Media and Communications, RMIT, Melbourne
Curator: Dreamworlds, ACC and AIDC funded large screen Moving Image program, Beijing, China

Internet Artist: extensive exhibition history at major international new media, film festivals, biennales
Executive Director: Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
Speaker: International forums speaking on Australian visual art craft and new media
Committee Member: Extensive experience of many Arts, Academic, Industry organizations.
Artist Residencies: Banff, Artspace, Finland, New Zealand
Juror: International festivals including FILE, Ars Electronica, Rhizome, ISEA.
Author: 7 x book chapters on Media, Performance and Virtual and Networked Environments
Curator of Networked Media: Australian Center for the Moving Image
Mentor: Emerging media artists and sculptors
Founder and Producer: -empyre- International New Media online Forum
Freelance Networked Media Artist, Producer Curator and Writer
Community Projects Artist: Inner City Sydney
Sculptor and Performer