Observation of images of creatures and natural materials taken with transmission electron microscopes reveal structures and patterns reminiscent of symbols and representations used in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. This visual similarity formed the basis of Stories and Structures – New Connections, an art project established by Microscopy Australia.
This unique art project based on Indigenous art works inspired by images from electron microscopes seeks to engage the wider community with science and microscopy through wonderful imagery and to encourage reconciliation by demonstrating the intimate connection between Country and Culture. In this online session, Dr Jenny Whiting, Curator of Stories and Structures will describe the background of the project and give details on the micrograph collection. She will then converse with some of the artists who contributed to the project, including Gamilaraay artist Arkeria Rose Armstrong and Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker. The artists will reflect on why they chose particular micrographs as inspiration and the stories behind their work.
This webinar is FREE but tickets are limited – RSVPs are essential. This is a live online event ONLY; it will not be distributed as a recording.
This National Science Week event is organised by the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), Macquarie University, and Redfern Community Centre. It is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.
Dr Jenny Whiting, Curator of Stories and Structures and Marketing and Business Development Manager, Microscopy Australia, Gamilaraay artist Arkeria Rose Armstrong and Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker.