Seaweed As Collaborator

Participatory Installation / Performance / Research / Workshops

In December 2019, Scale Free Network became part of SASi – (Seaweed Appreciation Society international), a mobile experimental platform dedicated to artistic research into seaweed and marine ecologies. SASi hosts events that enhance appreciation for seaweed as a subject. Together … Continued

The Microscope in the Library

Exhibitions / Workshops

Between October – December 2019, Scale Free Network presented an exhibition and ten-workshop series at Melton Library and Learning Hub, as part of their Arts & Culture Program. ART FORMS IN NATURE – EXHIBITION One of Scale Free Network’s heroes … Continued

Pakenham Secondary College

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

Part laboratory, part atelier, this workshop took a group of year 8 students at Pakenham Secondary College on a journey into soil; the vast and bio-diverse underworld on which our food systems depend. Over two days during National Science Week … Continued

Nema and the Xenos: The Book Launch

Exhibitions / Participatory Installation / Symbiosis Storytelling

Did you know that there are more living creatures in a teaspoon of soil than there are humans on planet Earth? And, did you also know that four in every five animals is a nematode? What’s a nematode?! Well, you’ll … Continued

Creekulum

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

Throughout 2019, Scale Free Network have been working alongside educators/academics (Angela Foley from Merri Creek Management Committee, Sarita Gálvez from Monash University), Wurundjeri elders (Uncle Bill Nicholson and Uncle Dave Wandin), artists (Slow Art Collective) and teachers and students from … Continued

Zobi and the Zoox: The Book Launch

Symbiosis Storytelling

We were delighted to launch the revised, hard-cover, CSIRO co-published edition of Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching at our favourite Brisbane bookshop – Avid Reader in West End. The event took place during the Australian Society … Continued

The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon: The Book Launch

Symbiosis Storytelling

 The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon: The Official Book Launch Speech by Kate Barnard Thanks so much for inviting me here, it’s such an honour to be launching this book. I’d like to echo what Ailsa said and also … Continued

Tracing Turbulence

Exhibitions / Research / Workshops

Tracing Turbulence: A Drawing Workshop was run at Latrobe Regional Gallery – part of the Experimenta Make Sense exhibition (currently touring Australia until 2020.) Presented by Scale Free Network and physicist/collaborator Andrew Melatos, the workshop was inspired by the patterns … Continued

Micro-Macro Collaborative Collage

Participatory Installation

Devised especially for the Q.U.T. The Cube Winter Holiday Program, Micro-Macro took the form of an 8-day collaborative collage, inspired by the fauna, flora and landscapes depicted in the work of Australian expressionist painter, William Robinson. Set up as a … Continued

Microscopic Metropolis: MKW 2018

Participatory Installation / Performance / Workshops

What mysteries lurk in the soil beneath our feet? Part laboratory, part studio, this workshop will introduce you to the mysterious and biodiverse underworld that is soil: the under-appreciated micro-polis beneath our feet, on which the world’s food systems depend. … Continued

Haeckel Hanging Prints

Exhibitions / Research

Scale Free Network has begun making high-quality prints of artworks by Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), ready to hang on vintage-style bars. For more information – and to order your own – check out our new shop: Art-Science-Emporium on Etsy. Who the … Continued

Ipswich Art Gallery 2018

Participatory Installation / Workshops

In February-March 2018, Briony, Jacqui and Gregory ran four weeks of art-science workshops at Ipswich Art Gallery. We taught two workshops a day during the week, then on weekends from 10 – 5, gallery staff ran the activity as an … Continued

Ipswich Art Gallery – Microscope Drawing Lab

Workshops

Scale Free Network have been invited back to Ipswich Art Gallery to facilitate a month of Microscope Drawing Workshops in their fantastic children’s gallery. Each workshop features: making microscope drawings using our set of 12 x stereo microscopes (20-40x) observing … Continued

The Secret Life of Coral

Participatory Installation / Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

In 2014, microbial ecologists Professors Linda Blackall and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, collaborated with the Small Friends Books team (Art Director, Briony Barr; Science Director, Dr. Gregory Crocetti; writer, Ailsa Wild; & artist, Aviva … Continued

A Hierarchy of Eddies

Exhibitions / Research

Big whorls have little whorls which feed on their velocity, And little whorls have lesser whorls And so on to viscosity.  Lewis Fry Richardson, 1881 – 1953. English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist & poet.  Part scientific-model, part black-box theatre, A … Continued

Royal Society of Victoria: school holiday workshops

Workshops

The Royal Society of Victoria hosted Scale Free Network (Gregory and Briony) for two days of September school holidays art and science-based activities. In the society’s beautiful 19th century building, groups of children (ages 6-12) participated in a full day … Continued

Getting our hands dirty (researching two new soil stories)

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling

Scale Free Network will again collaborate with writer Ailsa Wild and visual ecologist Aviva Reed to creatively develop two new stories in the groundbreaking Small Friends book series. Set on the micro-scale, ‘The Forest in the Tree’ will be inspired … Continued

Australian Earth Laws Alliance workshop

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

Aviva, Briony and Gregory hosted a session ‘Embodying Symbiosis‘ at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance conference in Brisbane on October 21. After reading our coral symbiosis story Zobi and the Zoox, conference delegates were invited to cooperate as a group … Continued

Microscopes in Mullumbimby

Exhibitions / Workshops

SFN Northern Rivers (Jacqui Smith in collaboration with Frauke Huhn) created a Microscope Drawing Laboratory in Mullumbimby in the October school holidays, where the ‘invisible’ world was explored as inspiration for art making.   Comprised of a series of interdisciplinary … Continued

Launching The Invisible War

Exhibitions / Symbiosis Storytelling

Mission to launch The Invisible War: Accomplished! The Royal Society of Victoria hosted our action-packed launch of The Invisible War – featuring: former Victorian premier Ted Bailieu (chair of the ANZAC centenary committee); ABC Science Show host Robyn Williams as … Continued

Regional Arts Victoria Tour: The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

Small Friends Books toured across Victoria, reading The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon to hundreds of primary school children.