Drawing on Complexity (Experimenta Series) – Drop in Sessions

3 February 2018 to 18 March 2018 - The Lock-Up, Newcastle NSW

Experimenta Make Sense invites audience members to collaborate through a series of rule based pattern-making to create an artwork that will span across the floor of the Lock-Up Gallery Yard.

Briony Barr’s Drawing on Complexity (The Experimenta Series) is a participatory artwork that will build on a complex network of tape patterns over the duration of the exhibition. As the layers of coloured tape build up over time, so too do the complex adaptive systems that have inspired the project. Like a bustling crowd of people or the fluctuating stock market, complex systems emerge in everyday life – showing us that larger patterns in the system evolve through interactions between the parts, showing us that ‘the whole being more than the sum of the parts’.

Part of a larger investigation into pattern formation, this artwork will compare what emerges when different groups of people make a drawing together within a similar set of parameters. Here is your chance to choose your coloured tape and decide how you will leave your mark.
Drop-in access throughout the duration of the exhibition during gallery opening hours.

Read more about Briony’s Experimenta Make Sense artwork


The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter Street,

Newcastle NSW 2300


Dates: 3 February - 18 March 2018

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Cost: Free

Booking: Drop-in access to artwork throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Website: www.thelockup.org.au

Artist: Briony Barr with Andrew Melatos

About the Artist

Briony Barr is a conceptual artist whose work explores pattern-formation and emergence. Comprising rule-based drawing, participatory installation and scientific experimentation, Briony regularly collaborates with fellow artists, scientists (typically microbiologists and physicists) and often, large groups of people. She has staged collaborative drawing experiments at galleries, schools, universities, science institutions, art museums, civic art studios and conferences, involving the general public, artists, primary and secondary students, physicists and astronomers. Through the application of different rules and boundaries (often designed in collaboration with physicist, Andrew Melatos), these artworks have explored scientific ideas such as complex adaptive systems and self-organisation, sociological themes such as group dynamics and cooperation and artistic themes such as playfulness, risk- taking and innovation. Sometimes, all at the same time.
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. 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. Briony is also co-founder of art-science collective and publisher, Scale Free Network.


Image: Briony Barr , Drawing on Complexity (Experimenta Series) (2017), Photo by Theresa Harrison © Experimenta.