Travis Curtin explains visual art. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

La Trobe Art Institute celebrated science this week by presenting a special program open to all.

The program explored complex scientific phenomena through the lens of visual art.

Participants were guided through LAI’s exhibition Autoluminescent by exhibition curator Travis Hodgson and then introduced to the physics behind the phenomena by La Trobe University Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Katherine Seaton.

Dr Seaton also creates mathematical fibre art.

She sometimes produces plastic yarn (plarn) from shopping bags to knit and crochet.

Her cross-disciplinary approach provided audiences with a practical example of the benefits of bringing art and science together.

La Trobe University artist in residence Sarah Goffman gave an insight into her innovative use of recycled plastics.

Sydney-based Ms Goffman has an imaginative practice, delighting in the everyday details of our material existence.

Plastic, over-abundant and infinitely variable, has formed the foundation of her artistic output over the past 20 years.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.

It runs until Sunday, event details can be found at