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Professor Melinda Rackham
artist ~ curator ~ author
m [at] subtle [dot] net

Active for three decades in the local, national and international media and contemporary arts arena, Melinda has extensive knowledge of new and traditional art forms and technologies such as e-literature; design and making; networked, distributed, augmented and virtual 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 [1995 - ]. She established -empyre- one of the world’s leading networked media arts and critical theory forums [2002], as part of her PhD on Virtual Reality. Extensive discussions from -empyre- were published for Documenta XII 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) [2003-4] where she curated Australia’s first major survey of Networked Art. As Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) [2005 - 9], she widened opportunities and audiences for artists and writers working with Science and emerging technologies.

While Adjunct Professor in Media and Communications at RMIT University Melinda curated public Moving Image programs for large screens in Beijing and Xian, and examined the cultural impact of media arts in China and Hong Kong.  More recently she has been undertaking residencies to research and write the substantial monograph 'Catherine Truman : Touching Distance' [2016] and the collaborative volume of poetry and prose 'ADOPTED' [2017].

Currently Professor Rackham holds an Adjunct Research position in the School of Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. She continues to engage with contemporary and interdisciplinary arts, embracing many ways of making and fashioning poetry, fictive memoir and socially informed texts.
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