Eddies & Swirls: Talking Turbulence
with Scale Free Network
and Physicist Andrew Melatos.
14 October 2017 - RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Join the art-science collective Scale Free Network and physicist Andrew Melatos as they explain the phenomenon of turbulence through their Experimenta Make Sense artwork, A Hierarchy of Eddies.
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.
Suitable for artists and scientists of all ages, this session will delve into the relationship of the eddies, swirls and whorls created within the chamber, drawing connection to the unpredictable nature of turbulence within the world around us.
Please note: this artwork contains strobe lighting.
About the Artists
Scale Free Network 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. The list includes 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.