Batten down your Twitter feed and run for the storm cellar: the #SciArt Tweet Storm is back and starts right now.
Last year, during the 1st week of March, the Symbiartic crew asked artists who create work inspired by science to follow 3 simple rules, and tweet every day:
- Tweet 3 pieces of your own #SciArt
- Retweet 5 pieces of #SciArt by other people
- Make sure to hashtag them with #SciArt
Katie, Kalliopi, and I were hoping to see a few thousand tweets by the end of the week, and instead we saw almost 29,000 tweets. More importantly, scientists, science communicators and science fans got to see the incredible amount of artwork that we here on Symbiartic know is out there.
The event was reported on by Nature, Gizmodo, and a number of artists' own blogs. More importantly was how happy it made everyone: thought-provoking art about science made by varied skill sets took over Twitter and proved the platform isn't just an outrage machine.
So we're doing it again. And we're hoping it will lead to bigger and better events that we, along with other #SciArt bloggers, have been working on. You can sign-up for our newsletter if you want to be the first to find out more.
A few more tips:
- Go bananas: You can go ahead and post more than 3 pieces of your own work each day.
- The field is open: last year we saw works-in-progress, sketches, finished paintings, sculptures, glassworks, fabric-art, bioart, and so much more. Science encompasses all the coolest subjects in the universe so jump in there and share.
- Credit artists: If you're from a school, museum or institution and want to show off that amazing sciart installation in your foyer, just make sure you tag the tweet or somehow credit the artist.
- Keep it simple: A tweet with the the title of the work, the image, and a link to your online store or a blog post is fantastic. Don't forget the hashtag #SciArt!
- Reporters can join in: If you're a writer or site that interviews and shows #SciArt, go ahead and post those links!
- Dig into your back-catalogue: works being shared don't have to be new. Even if you shared them last year, chances are they're new to someone!
- Repeat tweet: the audience on Tuesday morning isn't the same as on Saturday afternoon. Go ahead and tweet your work a second time.
We saw some great Storify collections last year and we'll try to post some of our own favourites here on Symbiartic, but we can't get them all! Hopefully, like last year, a lot of our favourite sciart sites will join in.
Remember to follow us on Twitter! We are:
- @beatricebiology - Katie McKissick
- @eyeforscience - Kalliopi Monoyios
- @FlyingTrilobite - Glendon Mellow
Science + art = the best of the internet. Go storm Twitter.