Scale Free Network (Victoria)
Scale Free Network (SFN) began in 2008 as a collaboration between visual artist (Briony Barr), art educator (Jacqueline Smith) and microbial ecologist (Dr Gregory Crocetti). Based in Melbourne, Australia, SFN creates workshops, exhibitions and interactive installations for children and adults, combining both artistic and scientific themes. Focused on the microscopic world as a source of inspiration and wonder, SFN projects visualise, explore and educate about this invisible realm – asking the viewer-participant to go beyond the human scale from which we are so accustomed to seeing.
Published by Scale Free Network, the Small Friends book series brings together microbiologists, educators, writers, artists, science communicators and designers to produce illustrated storybooks; science-adventure tales set on the micro-scale. Inspired by the beneficial symbiosis (living together) of microbes with other larger life forms – the first two books in the series have been launched to critical acclaim, the first receiving a US Independent Publishing (IPPY) Award and the second – shortlisted for both the 2015 Environmental Award for Children’s Literature and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award.