Professor Melinda Rackham
artist ~ curator ~ author
m [at] subtle [dot] net
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
, 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'  and the collaborative volume of
poetry and prose 'ADOPTED' .
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.