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Anna Madeleine, Sphere 1, 2015, Glow in the dark stickers on acrylic, 50cm x 50cm

Light Speculation

Carlton Connect Initiative- LAB- 14

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct,” Carl Jung.

Bubbles, luminescent sea creatures, collages made from fluorescent star stickers, and magnified germinating seeds provide a lens through which the curious can glimpse the results when scientists and artists play.

Knowledge of scientific discovery and time spent in a laboratory teaches us that structured process can give way to playful curiosity when a new toy is discovered.

Similarly, the artists’ studio can be a place of intuitive experimentation leading to accidental discovery.

Light, which has great significance to both artists and scientists, is an ideal medium for looking into this play instinct.

Light Speculation communicates the wonderment of light as a phenomenon, and explores play as a source of discovery and innovation.

The visitor to Light Speculation is challenged; to control the spread of viruses through a light-based game created by Quantum Victoria, to consider their perception of colour through an experiment by Dr Simon Cropper from The Vision Lab, and to consume light word play by poet Kay Rozynski. But beyond the playful exterior, artists Gary Anderson, Anna Madeleine, Erica Seccombe, Katie Sfetkidis, and Rob Turney encourage us to think as we discover the mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics behind their practice. They present a unique gateway where we can view virtual luminescent fields, the 3D atomic compositions of crystals, 4D microscopy techniques, bioluminescence, and light refraction.

These works prompt us to consider the basic elements of any discovery, scientific or artistic: work and play, and the serious space in between.

Bubbles, luminescent sea creatures, and collages made from fluorescent star stickers. Light Speculation provides the curious with a glimpse into the wonderment of light as a phenomenon, and prompts us to consider play as a source of discovery and innovation.


Light-based game created by Quantum Victoria. This activity will run from 6.30PM – 9.00PM on 23 July exclusive to Nite Art and the Opening of Light Speculation.

Test your perception of colour with an experiment created by The Vision Lab, whilst contributing to an installation that will form part of the Light Speculation exhibition. This activity will run from 6.30PM – 10PM on 23 July exclusive to Nite Art and the Opening of Light Speculation.


Exhibition funded by the Carlton Connect Initiative, and supported by Media Lab Melbourne.

Exhibition curated by Renee Beale for the Carlton Connect Initiative.

The Carlton Connect Initiative thanks and acknowledges the artists, Quantum Victoria, and The Vision Lab at the University of Melbourne.
Carlton Connect Initiative- LAB- 14, 700 Swanston St


Gary Anderson
Anna Madeleine
Kay Rozynski
Erica Seccombe
Katie Sfetkidis
Rob Turney


LAB-14 Gallery, Carlton Connect Initiative 


The University of Melbourne