Melinda Rackham

is currently the Executive Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology - Australia's peak network and advocacy body for media artists working in screen, sound, installation, performance, literary and networked arenas; creating opportunities for connection, collaboration, innovation, research and development both locally and globally.
Over the past decade, as an artist, writer, curator and media consultant she has investigated the aesthetic, technological and philosophical aspects of online identity, locality, sexuality and community, as well as viral symbiosis and trans species relations. Her Ph.D. explored the nature and construction of, and avatar relations within multi-user Virtual Reality Networked Spaces.

Her writing on Immersive Space, Portable Medias and Networked Cultures appears online and in print in arenas like Artlink, Eyeline, Leonardo, Ctheory, Culture Machine, Mesh, and Realtime, and has chapters in recent Routledge and MIT editions. Her residencies include Polar Circuit, Finland and Banff Center, Canada. Her web works have been shown widely, including Beyond Interface, Arco Electronico, Transmediale, File, Art Entertainment Network, The Montreal Biennale, European Media Art Festival, Hybrid Life Forms, MAAP, Perspecta99, Biennial of Buenos Aires, lab3D, ICC Tokyo, many ISEAs and the Pompidou Centre.

Rackham won the SoundSpace Award for Virtual Worlds at the 2001 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, the Faulding Award for Multimedia at the 2000 Adelaide Festival, and Gram 1999 Internet Art Prize in Argentina. She was the Curator of Networked Media at the Australian Center for Moving Image in Melbourne, and initiated and produced -empyre- international media arts forum.


Related Lab(s): Virtual Minds. Congress of Fictitious Figures (2004)
Eingreifen. Viren, Modelle, Tricks (2003)

Related Publication(s): Virtual Minds. Congress of Fictitious Figures
Eingreifen. Viren, Modelle, Tricks