Dr. Gregory Crocetti
After completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Dr. Gregory Crocetti studied and worked for a decade as a microbial ecologist at the Universities of QLD and NSW. Gregory’s research explored the roles of different populations of bacteria in a range of environments – including those found in mouse intestines, sponges, seaweed, stromatolites and sewage – with his peer-reviewed scientific articles having been cited over 1000 times. On moving to Melbourne in 2007, Gregory shifted from science research to science education, working for several years with CSIRO Education and then with Friends of the Earth Australia’s Emerging Technologies Project. During this time Gregory also completed a Diploma of Education and is currently a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. With this move to education, Gregory also began a long-term collaboration with artists Briony Barr and Jacqui Smith in the art-science collective, Scale Free Network (www.scalefreenetwork.com.au). In this collaborative role, Gregory has co-developed and delivered a range of art-science projects. In this capacity, Gregory has collaborated with other Australian and international artists, art collectives and mucians, including: Natalie Jeremijenko; Slow Art Collective; TAPE Projects; Liquid Architecture and Brainbeau. Gregory now co-authors and publishes the Small Friends book series – stories about symbiotic partnerships between microorganisms and larger forms of life.
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Briony Barr is a conceptual artist whose work explores emergence and pattern-formation through a combination of rule-based drawing, participatory installation and scientific methodology. Since 2011, she has staged collaborative drawing experiments at galleries, schools, universities, science institutions, art museums, civic art studios and conferences, involving the participation of primary and secondary students, the general public, artists, physicists and astronomers. Through the design of different rules and boundaries, these process-based artworks have explored scientific ideas such as complex adaptive systems, sociological themes such as group dynamics and cooperation and artistic themes such as playfulness, risk-taking and innovation. Briony’s approach is broadly process-based and typically places the audience in the role of decision-maker. Briony earned her BA (English) from The University of Queensland, BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and MFA from the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Mexico, America and South Korea and is an honorary fellow of The University of Melbourne’s School of Physics. In collaboration with microbial ecologist Gregory Crocetti, Briony is co-founder of art-science collective and publisher Scale Free Network, whose work brings together microbiology, art and education through workshops, exhibitions and storytelling.
Jacqueline Smith is an artist and art educator with a degree in Fine Art (Drawing) from RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Visual Art) from ACU. Jacqui has worked in public art galleries in Melbourne (ACCA, RMIT Gallery and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art) and in support of the Art Group at the Sacred Heart Mission. Since qualifying as a teacher she has worked in primary and secondary schools in both the government and independent sector. As a member of Scale Free Network art-science collaborative, Jacqui has created and taught workshops and public programs for organisations such as ArtPlay, CSIRO, City of Melbourne, Art Gallery of Ballarat and Regional Arts Victoria. For 3 years, Jacqui worked at Alia College, a small independent secondary school in Hawthorn East, Melbourne, where she designed and delivered the Art curriculum for Years 7 to 10, and VCE (Years 11 and 12) Art and Studio Arts – Photography. She is interested in alternative education and the potential for Art and creativity to support the well-being of adolescents. Jacqui maintains an art practice, currently working with digital painting, traditional drawing and LED installations. Currently Jacqueline works as a Children's Program Officer at the Ipswich Art Gallery in Queensland and is Visual Arts Program Manager at Woodford Folk Festival 2014.