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Vikings and Runes

Tracey’s latest blog about her residency at SIM in Iceland.

Tracey M Benson

The other day I went and had my portrait taken at Mink Viking Portrait Studio in downtown Reykjavik, owned by Gudmann. It was one of the few tourist activities I have indulged in while doing an artist residency with SIM – and one which was totally worthwhile.

While I was there I had a really interesting chat with the photographer, Hafsteinn, who is also an artist and has designed his own set of tarot cards.

The studio itself was full of very interesting objects, including lots esoteric books, references to shamanism and Viking paraphernalia. I was thought it was so interesting, I asked if I could come back and take some photos. Hafsteinn kindly agreed and so yesterday I returned to document the space. Check these out.

I brought along my runes and ‘staged’ them in the studio – they do look like they belong here 🙂

What I didn’t realise until…

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Making the mark: site, place, identity #TheClippertonProject

A post from Tracey reflecting on “Traces in the Landscape”

Tracey M Benson

This post is going to be a little bit like a ball of Faroese wool that I managed to knot up while I was aboard the Johanna TG 326 with the The Clipperton Project. So please be patient dear Reader as I attempt to unravel my tangled thoughts, connections and reflections.

Yesterday was our last full day as a group together on the Johanna and it was truly special for a several reasons. Firstly, we had the immense privilege of working together with the crew to haul up the sails and sail for a couple of hours around Tórshavn. It was also one of our team members birthday, Nils Aksnes, who enjoyed being at the helm while we were sailing. Also, we visited the Island of Nólsoy which was very lovely despite the rain.

What was also magic was local photographer Ingi Sørensen catching us with the sails up…

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More traces in the landscape #TheClippertonProject

Latest post from Tracey in the Faroe Islands.

Tracey M Benson

Here are the last couple of days worth of Rune drawings from Fuglafjørður, Klaksvik and Mikladalur. I am finding this project to be a lot of fun so far, as I seek out interesting and meaningful places to ‘leave a trace’. What is also really cool is that I have also inspired one of the other participants, artist and jeweller Chloe Henderson to do some chalk drawings outside as well.

More to come 🙂

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Leaving traces in the landscape #TheClippertonProject

Latest post from Tracey about our journey of the #Faroes with #TheClippertonProject

Tracey M Benson

Yesterday we were back in Tórshavn after travelling from Sandur in Sandoy.

It was great to be back – we went and had a delicious coffee at @Brell, checked out the book shop and then I thought to create an intervention (read chalk graffiti) in the old town. The chalk drawing is a response to my poor lack of documentation through this journey – some days I did not capture any photographs or write in my journal.

The one thing I have done every day is to do a short reading of the Runes. Then an idea came to me that reflected some of my thoughts around place, the past and my experience of that place. I have wanted to find evidence of the Vikings in the Faroes and so far not found much in the landscape or in the towns we have visited. I was looking for things like…

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Faroese chain dance and fairy tales #TheClippertonProject

New post from Tracey on the #TheClippertonProject

Tracey M Benson

The other day the Clipperton Project gang was very fortunate to meet local blogger and educator Birgir Kruse and cultural researcher Tóta Arnadottir.

Birgir talked to us about Faroese culture and history with a focus on the language and historic ties to Denmark, WW11 connections to Britton and linguistic context to old Norse and Gaelic.

Tóta’s talk was focused on myths, ballads and storytelling in Faroese culture. What was very interesting in her talk was the relationship of the Faroese chain dance to the ongoing survival of the language and the culture. It was also fascinating to learn about some of the Faroese fairy tales and myths – particularly the Huldufólk, the Seal Woman (Kópakonan or Selkie) and stories of trolls and giants.

The Norns and the Tree, Faroe Islands 2003, Artist Anker Eli Petersen The Norns and the Tree, Faroe Islands 2003,
Artist Anker Eli Petersen

I was interested to learn more about Faroese fairy tales and…

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Waters of the Past

A blog from Tracey about our forthcoming journey to the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway

Tracey M Benson

Waters of the Past is the title of a new chapter of the Words for Water project. The project is focused on creative research and exploration through a journey to the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway.

The research explores recurring themes in my work related to memory, history, cultural identity and connection to place. It is also an opportunity to explore my migrant heritage directly by spending time learning more about the culture of my Norwegian ancestor, merchant seaman Anton Benson (1855-1929).

Anton’s sea-faring past fascinated me as a child, as did hearing stories of the long journey by boat made by my grandmother and great-grandmother. I have memories of my great-grandmother travelling to England by ship around 1972.

The landscape of my ancestors was richly imagined as a child; a place of fairy tales, of cold winters, of magic in the forest and of sea faring adventures.

The Carta marina (Latin "map of the sea" or "sea map"), drawn by Olaus Magnus in 1527-39, is the earliest map of the Nordic countries that gives details and place names. The Carta marina (Latin…

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Waters of the Past: Remembering a future of hope

Tracey’s next project explores her Scandinavian ancestry

Tracey M Benson

I am really excited to announce the next stage of the Words for Water project – Waters of the Past.

This is a two-part project, set in Scandinavia – the Faroe Islands and Iceland, where I will be undertaking residencies in June and July.

I am seeking some financial support via crowdfunding, as there is little arts funding available in Australia at this time.

Please check out my campaign – there are some great rewards on offer!

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/waters-of-the-past-remembering-a-future-of-hope/embedded/5579087

Here is some info:

Waters of the Past is a project exploring ancestral waters. Set in Scandinavia, the focus is on collaboration with community, sharing culture and stories and raising awareness of water issues in this part of the world.

Along the way I will also be doing lots of blogging to share the journey!

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Way of the Turtle at Water, Peace Power

Our recent project – presented at Parihaka Pa, Taranaki New Zealand.

Tracey M Benson

In earlier posts about Way of the Turtle I wrote about our collaboration for Water, Peace, Power in Taranaki.

During the residency, we learnt a lot from our mentors Andrew Hornblow, Nigel Helyer and Allan Giddy. We also found the conversations with the other artists very enriching. The final work combined a micro-controller (picaxe) that had a sensor which triggered the audio and the turtle data presented in the spiral tube (representing Biami and Koru).

Way of the Turtle-Parihaka from bytetime on Vimeo.

Here is our statement for the project:

Art Project Vision for Parihaka

The work for Water, Peace, Power at Parihaka seeks to acknowledge both the tangata whenua of Parihaka and the yenbena of Yorta Yorta Nation. This site specific work is the first stage of the Way of the Turtle project, which focuses on cultural and community empowerment, skill sharing and…

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