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.