About the Project for SCANZ
Traditional Inuit throat singing imitates the sound of the environment and was used as a game between women and to sooth the babies being carried on their backs. This piece mixes those traditional songs with the serene sounds of moving water and trees.
Stacey Aglok MacDonald is originally from Kugluktuk, a small community in western Nunavut. She first became involved in filmmaking in 2004 as a production assistant and character on the documentary series Staking The Claim: Dreams, Democracy and Canadian Inuit, which is now used as educational curriculum in high schools across the Nunavut territory.
Other projects that she has led have included training youth in over 20 communities across Arctic Canada in film production and editing, and producing workshops for youth on Acting and Performance as well as Inuvialuit Drum Dancing.
In 2012, Stacey won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Drama for her 17-minute live-action film Throat Song. She has produced a number of music videos in collaboration with other Nunavut-based filmmakers and musicians including The Jerry Cans and The Trade Offs. Today she is producing and directing two Inuktitut television series which are broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, one of which is a popular youth-oriented television show called Qanurli? and the other is a call-in talk show called Qanuq Isumavit.
She has a feature film in development and plans on writing and directing a new short film in the coming year. Stacey currently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut with her 6 year old daughter.
Words for Water
About the Project for SCANZ
Words for Water is an evolving project that explores notions of place and its connections to culture, language and the environment by evoking words, stories and images related to the subject of water. The project utilises a range of media including video, soundscapes, photography, augmented reality and installation to create meditative works about H2O. This video projection work is the second version of the video and features over 60 languages.
Tracey Benson is a green geek/artist/researcher into connected communities, UX, WCAG, Gov.2.0, sustainability, tech/art synergies, maps and FOSS. Tracey has been active in a number of media arts communities: in 2007, she co-founded the Canberra chapter of dorkbot with Alexandra Gillespie and was also a moderator on the internationally renowned new media list Empyre from 2005-07. She has participated in many international digital media events including: SCANZ2013, ISEA2011, THAT Camp Canberra 2010, ISEA2008; AOIR 2006; ISEA2004; Siggraph 2001; N5M4, Amsterdam 2003; N5M3; MAAP’99 and MAAP2000.
More recent creative explorations have utilised mobile and hand held online technologies for the creation of virtual and augmented reality works. This has coincided with an increased focus on working collaboratively with Indigenous groups and individuals to gain better understanding of the landscape we inhabit and to raise awareness of the environmental crisis humanity is facing. In 2001 she received a Research MA from Queensland University of Technology, focusing on souvenirs, nostalgia and personal identity. In 2010, Tracey was awarded a PhD at The Australian National University, which explores online communities and social networking tools. Recent publications include chapters in Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics and Locating Emerging Media.
Tracey Benson attended SCANZ 2013:3rd nature and exhibited Fauxonomy – Message to the Mountain 2013 in Puke Ariki such that both the creative work (about relationships to the mountain) and the mountain itself could be viewed as one.