Lunar Time is an archive of stories compiled by Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill) and Lisa Roberts.


Introduction: Lisa Roberts, Sydney 2023

Lunar Time combines stories freely shared to build a bigger picture than a single creature can tell about relationships that sustain us all. Stories are selected to show diverse values and perspectives to inspire you to recognise and tell your own stories of relationship.

This site reflects how I imagine Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill) sees and values the world, as both an individual and a collective. So Euphausia appears here with fellow creatures, you and me, to tell our own stories in our own ways.

This project grew from my contribution as an artist, to the scientific paper, Ocean-bottom krill sex, that describes the first sighting, by Western scientists, of the complete mating dance of Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill). Since then I have worked to challenge the colonial view that nature is here primarily to provide for humans and that money is the only measure of success. And so I created Living Data (2010-2021) and now this site, to understand, value and protect more than human lives and relationships.

Stories come from:

Bodies that express through art;
Places where knowledge comes from;
Minds that think in different ways.

Together the stories offer a holistic view of relationships that sustain life.

I selected, co-created and arranged stories to promote understandings needed to enable Treaties - agreements people make to live well together. Some stories contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPPC) reports, for example through MEASO Living Data and the paper, Enabling Enduring Evidence-Based Policy for the Southern Ocean Through Cultural Arts Practices.

Lunar Time is seeded with Antarctic Animation and Living Data.


The project has evolved through reciprocity; stories are shared for the common good and come with links to contributing authors so that people may learn more directly from them.


Site Map by Eav Brennan, 2021



Infographic: with Katherina Petrou and Claire Sives


"...I love that this project travels, physically and virtually, and the whole metaphor of travel as migratory patterns that are kind of linear but not, as well. To my mind it's like a wonderful Ven diagram where everything overlaps and stories change."

Tiriki Onus 2020


"The only sustainable way to store data long-term is within relationships - deep connections between generations of people in custodial relationships to a sentient landscape, all grounded in an oral tradition… Oral traditions grounded in profound relationships represent a way of thinking that backs up your knowledge in biological peer-to-peer networks and provides a firewall against dictators who may decide to burn down your libraries."

Tyson Yunkaporta Sandtalk. 2019


Interactive design and programming is created with content provided by many people who are acknowledged throughout the site.



A space to engage
Connections sustain
Combining art and science
Scientists, artists, educators
Why the Flannel flower?
Listen to the young
Why the moon?
Intimate and immediate responses
Living Data
Accession numbers