This paper aims to show how the arts can expand understanding of
scientific data, thereby increasing their value as fundamental to
accurate, long-lived communications and robust decisions. Ancient and
new technologies are explored to understand and communicate connectivity
in natural systems, through stories informed by Indigenous knowledge and
the scientific method.
A team of artists and scientists come together to co-author an animated
interactive map, using contemporary cultural arts practices, to invite
readers to experience stories told on virtual country, and to share
their own relationship to country. A freshwater ecologist draws in sand the primal forms that
express the ancient relationships that sustain life, and the
recent disruptions to these complex systems.
Animations are co-created and geo-located to enable people to
physically and viscerally connect with regions other than those they
inhabit, and increase awareness of global values and issues, from
different sources of knowledge.
Traditional and contemporary cultural arts can show connectivity in
nature, in ways that bring to life data from the scientific method, and
reveal how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can be
complimentary, and show the difference between historical, natural,
environmental phenomena and current unnatural phenomena.