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 Books 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 a visual artist, art facilitator and teacher based in the Northern Rivers, NSW. Her practice is an exploration of drawing in mixed media, particularly ink and watercolour. Deriving inspiration from calligraphy and the documentation of energetic movement, her work seeks balance between analysis and intuition; memory and gesture; dark and light. Jacqui’s teaching qualifications are from RMIT (BA in Fine Art - Drawing) and ACU (Grad Dip in Education – Visual Art) in Melbourne. She has taught in a number of schools in Melbourne and the Northern Rivers, including Alia College, an independent secondary school where she developed an Art curriculum for Years 7 to 12. Jacqui has been a core member of Scale Free Network: art-science collaborative since 2008, creating interdisciplinary workshops and participatory installations at the intersection of art, science and education. She has also worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in visitor services and the Ipswich Art Gallery in the development and facilitation of creative public programs for children. In 2014 she programmed and implemented the visual arts workshops at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Jacqui teaches art and art-science workshops for local schools and community groups and is director of SFN Northern Rivers. She is a member of the Made in Mullum collective of artists and craft makers and is currently working towards an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy through Ikon Institute. She will commence teaching Art classes for children at the Byron School of Art in Mullumbimby from Term 4 2017.