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Creative Arts Forum | Scale Free Network (SFN)


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

11 May 2018 12:30 pm

End Date

11 May 2018 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Scale Free Network, A Hierarchy of Eddies (2017). Photo by Zaylee Saint James Turner.

Image Credit: Scale Free Network, A Hierarchy of Eddies (2017). Photo by Zaylee Saint James Turner.

Scale Free Network (SFN)

Scale Free Network (SFN) is a Melbourne-based, art-science collaborative founded by conceptual artist Briony Barr and microbial ecologist Dr Gregory Crocetti. Since 2007, SFN have developed their interdisciplinary methodology through workshops, participatory installations, exhibitions and publishing projects, created in collaboration with artists, scientists, writers and educators. SFN projects aim to visualise and imaginatively engage with the invisible majority (microbial communities, physical systems and forces beyond human perception), to question the human-scale lens through which we relate to the world.

SFN have presented their work in a diverse range of contexts nationally and internationally, including art galleries, museums, science institutions, festivals, conferences and schools. They have presented work at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute; the National Gallery of Victoria; the Royal Institution of Australia; Gertrude Contemporary; A Centre for Everything; ArtPlay; Counihan Gallery; Ipswich Art Gallery; World Science Festival, Brisbane; OtherFilm Festival; the Environmental Health Clinic; and the International Symbiosis Society Congress.

SFN’s work A Hierarchy of Eddies is currently presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, at the Plimsoll Gallery.

Part scientific-model, part black-box theatre, A Hierarchy of Eddies is an art-science experiment in staging the phenomenon of turbulence. Comprising two axial fans and ten litres of polystyrene balls enclosed in a chamber, this kinetic work enacts a constantly changing system, analogous to fluid flows everywhere: from inside our bloodstream, to rivers, tornadoes, rising smoke from a cigarette or cyclones on the surface of Jupiter.

In their Art Forum presentation, Scale Free Network for a discussion about the scientific and creative ideas which inspired their Experimenta Make Sense artwork, A Hierarchy of Eddies.

Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. 20 April – 27 May 2018, Plimsoll Gallery UTAS.

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Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.