Weaving art with science in ghost internet collaboration

In a mix of sea, science, and creative collaboration, AIMS workers celebrated the Institute’s 50 yrs by creating a substantial artwork set up working with ghost nets. Ghost nets are discarded fishing gear that pose a threat to marine lifetime as they drift on ocean currents or snag on coral reefs.

Staff members in Townsville labored with artists from the Ghost Internet Collective and Erub Arts from the Torres Strait to stitch and weave the fibres into sponges, corals, fish and other maritime life to develop art parts that mirror AIMS science and ocean challenges.

Staff in Perth and Darwin sewed their way into the artwork remotely by adhering to guidelines supplied in kits. Local community and faculties also contributed as a result of workshops in Darwin and across north Queensland.

Artists from the Ghost Net Collective and Erub Arts weave collectively an artwork installation making use of ghost nets. Image: Jo Hurford

Project chief and manager of Indigenous Partnerships at AIMS, Libby Evans-Illidge said the function was a “fantastic way” to celebrate all through AIMS 50th calendar year.

“The natural synergy amongst artwork and science presents an perfect platform for bringing western science with each other with Regular information and perspectives – something which lies at the core of our Indigenous Partnerships application at AIMS,” she reported.

The Ghost Internet Collective founder Lynette Griffiths reported the Collective was produced to be ready to educate and collaborate much more extensively with persons cross-culturally and across the world.

“We essential to be capable to backlink that science of the nets and the science of plastics with the science of the ocean. We were being capable to deliver that collectively.”

The ghost nets made use of in this challenge have been collected on a Cape York beach clean up-up. The artists Lynette Griffiths, Marion Gaemers, Jimmy J Thaiday, Lavinia Ketchell and Diann Lui loved a two-7 days residency at our headquarters in Townsville.

Artists from the Ghost Internet Collective and Erub Arts with 1 of the artwork installations created using ghost nets. Picture: Heidi Luter

“The residency was a terrific insight into Indigenous career pathways,” reported Erub Arts Manager, Diann Lui.

“During our time there, we were able to tour the National Sea Simulator where AIMS is conducting investigate into the effects of weather adjust on the reef.”

The largest of the artwork parts was encouraged by the big triton shell – an animal currently investigated by AIMS scientists owing to its capacity to frighten and take in coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish. For the artists, the spiral shell is about the spiral of lifetime and the journey of lifetime to loss of life. The Collective staff were “enamoured with the speed the triton can consume crown-of-thorns”, which consumes corals and devastates reef communities.


In parallel with the artwork, Sally Donald from the Ghost Internet Collective collated an education bundle that aligns with the Countrywide Science and Art Curriculum and is for college students from the initial year of education by way of to yr 10. 

“As properly as the artwork we have been equipped to create, we also contributed to an academic useful resource for the following era of experts. The methods are created for lecturers to provide information leaning on means that we have at AIMS,” reported Libby.  

The remaining art items ended up unveiled at the AIMS Marine Science Symposium in July and will be exhibited for the remainder of this calendar year at AIMS web sites in Townsville, Darwin and Perth.

The venture included the Ghost Internet CollectiveErub Arts, the Torres Strait Regional Authority and AIMS. 

A smaller sized artwork created for the duration of the Ghost Web Collective and Erub Arts residency at AIMS headquarters. Graphic: Heidi Luter
AIMS staff and Marion Gaemers from Ghost Net Collective work on the triton-impressed artwork set up. Impression: Heidi Luter
A seascape art installation, designed from ghost nets. Image: Jo Hurford

 Feature Impression: The triton shell weaved working with ghost nets. An artwork installation produced by the Ghost Internet Collective, Erub Arts and AIMS. Impression: Jo Hurford