The role of the infinitely small is infinitely large.  Microscope-image
Louis Pasteur, father of modern microbiology.


Scale Free Network (SFN) is an Australian art-science collaborative made up of two artists (Briony Barr & Jacqueline Smith) and a microbiologist (Dr. Gregory Crocetti). Our interdisciplinary workshops and interactive installations focus on observation of the micro-scale as a source of inspiration and wonder, combining drawing processes, sculpture and microscopy as tools for visualising, exploring and learning about ‘invisible’ worlds.


In the 1600s, when people first began recording their observations through the microscope, the world of the very tiny was completely alien. In this pre-camera age, drawings and public science expositions were the primary means of communicating discoveries made on this new scale. things to ask siri It is from this period in history that SFN takes its cue.


Scale Free Network seeks to visualise the hidden worlds that exist all around us, beyond our everyday human vision, but very much a part of this complex world. Our art-science kit bag is full of tools for viewing and magnifying, drawing attention to the connections between large and small, and reflecting on the act of observation itself.


We aim to encourage curiosity about the world, (especially the parts we can’t immediately see) and support creative, interdisciplinary collaboration of all kinds.