Science & Art – Bioinformatics and Plant Industry

StellrScope

Welcome to StellrScope... The Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission Through ‘StellrScope’, artist Eleanor Gates-Stuart, explores the story connecting the Canberra region to Australia’s major wheat crop, from the times of William Farrer through to today's science research at CSIRO. StellrScope: Translating information complexity into a simplistic visual rendering of meaning.
  • StellrScope Artworks Available to Buy
  • New information panels designed by Eleanor gates-Stuart for the CSIRO Discovery Centre - StellrLume Domes
  • StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Commission for the Centenary of Canberra
  • Poster presented at the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014
  • StellrScope - Canberra Critics Circle Award
  • Image: 'Pages' - Visitor Comments Book
  • CSIRO
  • Art and Science Cross-Pollinate by Arwen Cross, CSIEO Blog
  • StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. The Centenary of Canberra - Science Art Commission
  • Both Exhibitions are up and running
  • 'Slice 1' of 'Five Slices, BreadMan' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • StellrScope Exhibition Banners: 'Oasis', 'Weevil', & 'WheatEar' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • StellrScope Cover by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Titanium Weevil by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in collaboration with Chuong Nguyen & Sherry Mayo, CSIRO
  • Image: 'Beautiful Mutant' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Image: 'twoxseeds' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Image: 'Wheat & Soy' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Energy-Bread
  • Interconnectedness
  • Sketch for 'PlantSeedMan' by Eleanor Gates_Stuart
  • SoundofWheat
  • Image: 'Wheat Section' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • 3D Wheat Concept by Eleanor Gates-Stuart: Enlighten 2013 Architectural projection on Questacon
  • WF_Diaries
  • Apex_StellrScope
  • FarrerVariety
  • Microscope Photograph, ‘Golden Wheat’ by Mark Talbot – adapted by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Image, "Wheat Pest' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Wheat Photograph by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Image, 'Wheatear3y' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • Image, 'The Measure of Volume... Tracking Wheat' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
  • 'Stems' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Latest

Weevils and all

The Wheat Weevils are enjoying being shown to various people and exhibitions. They have been overseas and shown as part of CSIRO’s wonderful technology.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved - thanks Lab 22

Weevils: Titanium Insects by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Weevils: Titanium Insects by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Collaborating with Dr Chuong Nguyen

StellaTEDxCanberra

Sharing the stories about the making of StellrScope, CSIRO and William Farrer - TEDxCanberra

Brilliant event – excellent team brought together by Stephen Collins. Thanks TEDx – Wonderful experience.

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Eleanor Gates-Stuart presenting at TEDXCanberra. Photograph by Adam Thomas

Eleanor Gates-Stuart presenting at TEDXCanberra. Photograph by Adam Thomas

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Stellr’Interview

StellrScope Filmaker, Emily Hungerford, on set at the StellrScope Exhibition filming the installation with the team.

Film maker, Emily Hungerford’s film about the making of ‘StellrScope’. A Science Art commission awarded to artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart, by the Centenary of Canberra, ACT Chief Minister’s Office and supported by the Australian Federal Government.

Film Maker: Emily Hungerford at StellrScope with Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Film Maker: Emily Hungerford at StellrScope with Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Here is Emily’s film – interviewing StellrScope Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Great job Emily !!

StellrScope in Permanent Collections

StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Commission for the Centenary of Canberra

StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Commission for the ACT Government, Centenary of Canberra

 

The StelrScope, ‘StellrLumé Domes’ are now in the permanent collection at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. The image shows an image of bread projected inside the dome. 

A collection of StellrScope Artworks, ‘HotSeeds’ are now on show and in the permanent collection of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Here is a preview reminder of some of the artworks. A catalogue of the artworks is available – here.

Please contact Stellrscope if you are interested in any of the artwork.

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Canberra Critics Circle Award for StellrScope

StellrScope - Canberra Critics Circle Award

StellrScope – Canberra Critics Circle Award

A huge “thank you” to the Canberra Critics Circle for acknowledging the ‘StellrScope’ Exhibition at Questacon. A wonderful tribute to the work produced as part of the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission and host partner with the CSIRO.

I share this award with all the terrific people who helped and collaborated in the making of StellrScope.

S C I E N C E + A R T ….. Yay!

Canberra Critics Circle:

The idea is that we, the critics, single out qualities we have noticed — things which have struck us as important. These could be expressed as abstracts, like impact, originality, creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.

The 22 year-old Canberra Critics’ Circle is the only such group of critics in Australia that runs across all the major art forms.

More information on StellrScope at CSIRO

Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

Paper: Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

Paper: Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

StellrScope @ CSIRO

Paper presented at IEEE VIS 2013, Atlanta, US

Paper available at this link: http://visap2013.sista.arizona.edu/papers/Stuart_CreativeCatalysts.pdf

Abstract:

People tend to judge the benefits of Science Art collaborations by their tangible outputs, such as artworks, visualisations and other artefacts generally accessible to a wide audience. We argue that the process by which these artworks were created can be a significant, or even the principal benefit of these collaborations, even though it might be largely invisible to anyone other than the collaborators. We describe our experience of Art and Science as mutual catalysts for creativity and imagination within the context of a large multidisciplinary research organisation (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation—CSIRO) and a major national exhibition—The Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission. We have formed a view that Science and Art often pursue orthogonal dimensions of creativity and innovation, and that with the right approach and attitude, collaborators can combine these dimensions to access new areas of imagination and ideas. We discuss some of the challenges we have experienced in pursuing this aim, but conclude that the rewards to Art and Science—and the benefits they deliver to society—are well worth it.

 

Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Matthew Morell, David Lovell, Chuong Nguyen, Matt Adcock, Jay Bradley

 

StellrScope on Tour

StellrScope Exhibition Guide - Information for touring the work.

StellrScope Exhibition Guide – Information for touring the work.

StellrScope Touring Exhibition Booklet Guide

Provides further information on the StellrScope Exhibition and relating works as part of the CSIRO Residency and the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission.

For more information, contact email: stellrscope@stellrscope.com

To view online:

 

Stellr’Kid Artists

Amazing sketches from young visitors to the StellrScope Exhibition at Questacon.

Brilliant observation and visual feedback – “thank you” .. Star Stllr’Artists

Images from the StellrScope Sketchbook that was in the gallery during August

QLab and CSIRO Wheat

Questacon – Connecting StellrScope in Gallery 5 with QLab

A show case of wheat plants from CSIRO in QLab – a chance to get up close with wheat. The microscope bench is a great place to see the wheatears and grains on screen.

 

Plant Industry@ CSIRO

Plant Industry promotes profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, developing new plant products and improving how plants use natural resources through world-leading research.

http://www.csiro.au/pi

StellrScope Publication

StellrScope Catalogue By Eleanor Gates-Stuart - Pages Preview

StellrScope Catalogue By Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Pages Preview

Preview the StellrScope Catalogue here:

Click on the picture below

StellrScope Exhibition Catalogue by Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2013
Published by CSIRO
Food Futures Flagship & Computational Informatics
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0088-4
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0089-1
http://www.stellrscope.com
http://www.eleanorgatestuart.com

All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronical or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any other information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the author.

StellrScope Opening Night at Questacon

Opening Night of StellrScope at Questacon

Images: Courtesy of Canberra 100

The Centenary of Canberra – Science Art Commission Artwork

StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. The Centenary of Canberra - Science Art Commission

StellrLumé Domes by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. The Centenary of Canberra – Science Art Commission

Video of the StellrLumé Domes at Questacon, StellrScope Exhibition.

The StellrLumé Domes installation, StellrScope, uses Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) techniques to bring computer graphics into the human-scale physical environment. In order to facilitate interaction between the graphics and visitors, overhead depth cameras are used that sense red, green and blue as well as distance for every pixel. Custom software then extracts the human form, such as hands, over the top of the projection surface. Elements of the digital content are selected based on where ‘virtual shadows’ land. The audience must become active participants in order to experience the entire narrative.

 

The StellrLumé Domes are part of the ‘StellrScope’ Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission and celebrate the story of wheat innovation over 100 years. The focus of these research was undertaken at CSIRO who were the Science Art Commission host, resident at the Future Food Flagship and Computational Informatics.

Credits
StellrLumé Team
Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Artist & Producer
Matt Adcock – Software Engineer
David Feng – Software Engineer
David Lovell – Transformational Bioinformatics Leader
Sherry Mayo – Research Scientist
Chuong Nguyen – Quantative Imaging
Pufferfish UK
StellrScope Music Composition by Marlene Radice

Excerpts, ‘A Nation is Built’ 1938 (Frank Hurley, Australia) NFSA title ID 7586. Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

William Farrer Archives, Courtesy of the National Library of Australia and the William Farrer Trust

© Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Robyn Archer AO and Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer and Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Centenary of Canberra, Creative Director Robyn Archer  AO and StellrScope Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Robyn Archer, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, has first viewing of the StellrLume Domes (StellrScope Science Art Commission) with artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart at Questacon.

The interactive domes respond to hands held over the dome to reveal a secondary visual narrative of the wheat story. The image  on this StellrLume Dome shows 3D visualisation and Micro CT scanning of bread revealing the air hole structure in bread and documenatary footage of CSIRO wheat fields.

Other content is drawn from archives from the National Library of Australia, National Film & Sound Archive, the Farrer Trust, CSIRO and artworks.

Photographs from the StellrScope Launch are on the Centenary 100 Website: http://www.canberra100.com.au/news-and-media/image-galleries/

Dome Credits: Matt Adcock, David Feng, Sherry Mayo, Steve Jobling, Pufferfish

Image: courtesy of ACT Government

StellrLume Domes

StellrLume Hemispherical Domes are the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission works as part of the StellrScope Exhibition at Questacon

More Information:  http://vimeo.com/eleanorgatestuart/stellrscopestellrlumedomes

Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart with StellrLume Dome at Questacon

Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart with StellrLume Dome at Questacon

Links:

ABC Canberra

StellrScope: Swirling Art and Science by Louise Maher (666 Filed & Online Reporter

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/08/06/3819290.htm?site=canberra

Canberra Times

‘Wheat Breeder a Conduit for Enlighten Times’ by Sally Pryor, Arts Editor

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/wheat-breeder-a-conduit-for-enlighten-times-20130809-2rnvg.html

Sound of StellrScope

Composer, Marlene Radice chatting with StellrScope Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart at Questacon

Composer, Marlene Radice chatting with ‘StellrScope’ Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart at Questacon

StellrScope Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart is delighted to work with Local Composer and Musician, Marlen Radice, to bring Marlene’s stunning composition to the exhibition at Questacon for the Sound of ‘StellrScope’. This wonderful collaboration is made possible by CSIRO (Computational Informatics CCI), in particular, Dr David Lovell who inspired Marlene with suggestions for sound content and structure. StellrScope video files were happily provided to Marlene for background material, here is what Marlen has to say about her composition:

About the Piece:

In creating a piece of music which would serve as a backdrop to the StellrScope exhibition, I sought write and produce music which was as true as possible to the concepts which underpin the artworks.

I began the piece taking heed of the notion of the visceral experience of wheat within its natural environment by experimenting with organic sounds. This presented a chronology of the means by which wheat is processed and harvested, from the field to the mill, to factory.

These natural sounds were then edited and overlaid upon one another to produce a cacophonic sound-scape which sought to emulate the dual concepts of wheat development, in its cyclic and expansive means of proliferation throughout a century.

The piece uses a palindromic structure based around a cyclic use of musical cells. These cells are made up of 1-3 bar phrases which are built upon and repeated throughout the piece. The pitches used in these cells are based around the wheat nucleotides of Cytosine, Adenine and Guanine, with the first letter of each of these nucleotides, A, C and G, used in rhythms based around the wheat genome sequence.

I sought to use a combination of alleatoric musical ideas as well as more intuitive ones in order to further highlight the amorphous binaries of traditional and electronic music, used in tandem with the binary relationship concurrent with contemporary society’s relationship with plants and food production.

Time, change and cyclic rotation were key concepts I sought to develop within this piece of music. A century of change, growth, and renewal, a fundamental return, the return of familiar sounds in repetition, a cycle of sound mirroring a cycle inherent within nature.

Short sound clip preview

Sliced Bread – Human Loaf

'Slice 1' of 'Five Slices, BreadMan' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Slice 1′ of ‘Five Slices – BreadMan’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

One of Five Slices – Human Size Bread Man

Installation artwork based on air holes & textures research in baking processes for bread. ‘Slice 1′ is part of fives slices that create the installation and are full life size cast pieces. Originally, the work (as bread dough)  was to be baked as part of the Human Energy Loaf, although this method is more suited to exhibition purposes.

‘Fives Slices – BreadMan’ will be shown at ‘Hot Seeds’ at the Discovery Centre, CSIRO in August and part of the StellrScope project – Details

Hot Seeds:  http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Education/Programs/Discovery-Centre/Whats-on/Hot-Seeds.aspx

When

6 August 2013 – 15 September 2013

Location

CSIRO Discovery Centre

North Science Road

Acton ACT 2601

Australia

Please note : Image is shown with a watermark

Reference:

The Centre for Grain Food Innovation

http://www.csiro.au/Organisation-Structure/Flagships/Food-Futures-Flagship/Grain-Food-Innovation-Centre.aspx

StellrScope Exhibition Banners

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: 'Oasis', 'Weevil', & 'WheatEar' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: ‘Oasis’, ‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

New StellrScope Banner design – three designs: ‘Oasis’‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’

Which is your favourite?

StellrScope @ Questacon

Celebrating a Century of Wheat Innovation in Australia from the days of William Farrer to CSIRO Research today

5 August – 1 September, 2013

Open daily between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm

Venue:  Gallery 5, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace Canberra, ACT 2604 Australia

Admission to StellrScope at Questacon is free (conditions apply,  see www.questacon.edu.au for information

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek – Exhibition Catalogue: Cover+Inside

StellrScope Cover by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Cover & Inside Page by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Sneak Peek of the StellrScope Exhibition cover and inside page. Cover is a 4 page fold out revealing the inside image behing the cover fold when opened.  Cover Image, ‘Oasis’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Inside Photograph, ‘Spikes’ by Dr Megan Hemming, CSIRO.

Exhibition @ Questacon August

StellrScope

Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2013

Exhibition Catalogue

Design and Layout by Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2013

Published by CSIRO

Food Futures Flagship & Computational Informatics

Printed in Australia

ISBN: 978-1-4863-0088-4

ISBN: 978-1-4863-0089-1

 

 

StellrScope Exhibition

StellrScope Exhibition

StellrScope Exhibition

StellrScope by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Celebrating a Century of Wheat Innovation in Australia from the days of William Farrer to CSIRO Research today

5 August – 1 September, 2013

Open daily between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm

Venue:  Gallery 5, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace Canberra, ACT 2604 Australia

Admission to StellrScope at Questacon is free (conditions apply,  see www.questacon.edu.au for information

Hot Seeds will be running in conjuction with StellrScope in August

Hot Seeds @ CSIRO Discovery Centre

Posters: StellrScope & Hot Seeds

Posters: StellrScope & Hot Seeds

A Series of Artworks Celebrating the Centenary of Canberra, Science Art Commission Residency, StellrScopE, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

6 August – 1 September, 2013

Open:  Mon – Fri  9.00 am – 5.00 pm    Weekends 11 am – 3 pm

Venue:  CSIRO Discovery Centre

North Science Road, Acton ACT 2601

www.csiro.au/discovery

 

 

 

 

Indestructible Weevil

Titanium Weevil by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in collaboration with Chuong Nguyen & Sherry Mayo, CSIRO

Titanium Weevil by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in collaboration with Chuong Nguyen & Sherry Mayo, CSIRO

Titanium Weevil produced in response to researching wheat grain pest and information from the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO.

Given the insect body structure and capacity to survive in huge silo’s of grain, the opportunity to use titanium was an ideal material, especially to investigate CSIRO’s 3D titanium adaptive manufacturing.

Weevil Feed, Titanium Insects by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in association with Sherry Mayo & Chuong Nguyen, CSRO

Weevil Feed, Titanium Insects by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in association with Sherry Mayo & Chuong Nguyen, CSIRO

The insects were achieved by advanced scanning techniques and Micro CT imaging with Dr Chuong Nguyen and Dr Sherry Mayo and adaption in MAYA by Eleanor Gates-Stuart.

Expertise on weevil insects by Dr Rolf Oberprieler and Dr Eric Hines, CSIRO.

Bugs on Exhibition @ Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery:   Embracing Innovation Volume 3

Other posts on Titanium Insects:

Titanium Insects

Beetle Mania Larger Than Life

3D-Printing Giant Bugs Out of Titanium For Science

Giant 3D Printed Bugs Shed Light on Insect Anatomy

3D Printed Titanium Bugs

Beautiful Mutant

Image: 'Beautiful Mutant' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: ‘Beautiful Mutant’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Beautiful Mutant’ is the first of the virtual crop series being developed as an artwork for StellrScope. These 3D plants as based on ancestral genes and the experimental cross-breeding of wheat.

 

Image contains a StellrScope Watermark. High Resolution image is available – contact

Wheat & Soy

Image: 'Wheat & Soy' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: ‘Wheat & Soy’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Inspired by seeing wheat grain being processed in the mill through to commercial baking. Amazing experience of Australian food  industry (milling to baking) production on a huge scale and investment in quality.

Acknowledgement:

CSIRO

George Weston Technologies

Human Size Bread Loaf

Energy-Bread

Bread Man, Super-Size Loaf, Human Bread Loaf…

Is it possible to bake a human size loaf of bread? Yes……… but would it bake evenly, would the texture be right, should it be baked in two halves, is there a large enough baking tin, an oven to place it in…….

A few of the questions in researching the super-sizing and concept of a large loaf of bread. “You want it sliced” – I think that tipped the scales – not to mentioned how we would keep it fresh !

So the concept arose from the benefits of eating bread and the value to our health and digestive system and exploring this research via the Future Grains Food Futures Flagship at CSIRO.

This idea focuses on ways to link the research to the StellrScope project and an opportunity to brand the health benefits of bread during the Month of Science (August) in the Centenary of Canberra Year. Perhaps the human shape could be embossed on the side of bread during baking?

Inside Story

Interconnectedness

Interconnectedness of StellrScope

Looking for ways to visualise the interconnectedness of the StellrScope Project to include the network, links, collaboration and associations. This visual is a static image placing two maps together. An interactive version would be ideal.. suggestions, please?

PlantSeedMan

Sketch for 'PlantSeedMan' by Eleanor Gates_Stuart

Sketch for ‘PlantSeedMan’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

PlantSeedMan

Sketch and Unfinished / Rough Cut Sequence for ‘PlantSeedMan’ Installation
Video collage based on future food and wheat as part of the StellrScope Science Art Project.

Video composition using 3D kinect body scanning by Chuong Nguyen, Installation Prototype with Matt Adcock and Dulitha Ranatunga, Video and artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Raw sound files from wheat footage filmed in location @ CSIRO – https://vimeo.com/64972299

Sound of Wheat

SoundofWheat

Image: Visualising the Sound of Wheat by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Researching: Images > Sound > Image > 3D

Using current media files to experiment with visualising wheat, both with sound and video files.

The above picture shows sound as a waveform visual (top section) and wheat images converted to a sound file (below section).

Next step > Convert to 3D

Still working on how to do this :)

Massive & MAGICal

Massive and MAGICal – ‘MAGICal Wheat’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in collaboration with Dr Sherry Mayo, CSIRO.

On-going StellrScope research on wheat structures and visualising the wheatear. Sherry produced a 3D micro-CT scan of a section of wheat and Drishti to render the data. MAGICal A is merged with the movie file – both image files are connected to 3D spatial data of wheat, its DNA and growth.

This movie file is a preview to the forthcoming, CSIRO informed science art works StellrScope at Questacon in August and at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.

 

Visualisation Wheat in 3D

Image: 'Wheat Section' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: ‘Wheat Section’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

This image, shown as a 2D image representation of a wheatear, is in fact, composed from a CT Scan and rendered through 3D software, Drishti and Maya.

The 3D images are to be used in artworks for the exhibition at Questacon – Maya version shown on eleanorgatestuart

Original CT Scan by Dr Sherry Mayo (CSIRO)

Giant Wheat

3D Wheat Concept by Eleanor Gates-Stuart: Enlighten 2013 Architectural projection on Questacon

3D Wheat Concept by Eleanor Gates-Stuart: Enlighten 2013 Architectural Projection on Questacon

Giant Wheat on Questacon, ‘Oasis’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart as part of the Enlighten 2013 Festival in Canberra. The architectural projections were screened by Electric Canvas and 5 artists were selected to produce artwork for different buildings across the Parliamentary Triangle.

Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart on Questacon as Part of Enlighten 2013

Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart on Questacon as Part of Enlighten 2013

Oasis’ is part of the New Crop series as seen in previous postings, Bio Wheat and First Crop.

Photograph: Questacon with ‘Oasis’ Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Links:

See More on StellrScope Enlighten 2013 Page

Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

StellrScope – Behind the Scenes

Pages from StellrScope Sketches by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Pages from StellrScope Sketches by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

New Pages .. Behind the Scenes (menu bar) provides a series of pages relating to making StellrScope, the Residency at CSIRO and a few other ‘who’s who’ and ‘what is what’ about the project.

William Farrer Diaries

WF_Diaries

‘Carbon Copy’, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Inspired by William Farrer Diaries

This is my first post of 2013 – the Centenary of Canberra Year. Having recently returned to view William Farrer Diaries at the National Library of Australia, I felt inspired to create this image dedicated to William Farrer.

Last year, I remember being in the manuscipts room at the NLA and feeling overwhelmed with all the artifacts at hand, yet very excitied and now back on track to see where this journey takes the research.

I found the carbon paper in his diary intriguing, a single piece of paper that holds so much information, a layering of sentence upon sentence .. words .. more words. It resonated with the way I produce much of my work, embedding layers and layers of information as a foundation and structure.

Unfortunately, this image does not give you the feeling of handling the book and the incredible sound of the crisp delicate paper.. something that has so much history and with context to Australia’s wheat legacy.

I hope to include more of William Farrer in my exhibition in August – the influence is already there.

Maximising Yield in a Changing Climate

Wheat Apex, 'Hot Seeds' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Wheat Apex, ‘Hot Seeds’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Inspired by the research at CSIRO relating to plant genetics and molecular biology. In particular, Dr Megan Hemming in her focus on the development and yield in cereals.

Megan shared her microscope images of the main shoot wheat apex and I have combined these with photographs of grain.

Reference:

Hemming et al, Identification of High Temperature-Responsive Genes in Cereals. 2012

Farrer Variety

FarrerVariety

Image, ‘Farrer Variety’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image celebrates the legacy of wheat experimentalist William Farrer and the innovative contribution of the Food Futures Flagship / Plant Industry  of CSIRO.

This image, ‘Farrer Variety’ shows grain grown to plant through the pages of William Farrer’s notes. The wheat is a 3D model and modern rendering of a new strain of wheat… linking a 100 years of excellence in cross-breeding and wheat quality.

References:

William Farrer’s Letters – National Library of Australia

3D Seed Scans – Dr Chuong Nguyen, CSIRO

3D Modelling – Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Golden Wheat

Microscope Photograph, ‘Golden Wheat’ by Mark Talbot – adapted by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Working with Dr Mark Talbot and Dr Chuong Nguyen in the microscope laboratory on wheatear samples. The samples were provide by Dr Megan Hemming and relate to her recent research.

Zeiss EVOLS15 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Pest – Wheat Weevil

Image, “Wheat Pest’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Images relate to pest in wheat grain, in particular the Wheat Weevil – Sitophilus Granarius.

Above video, Using the CT scanner at CSIRO to capture detailed images of the insect.

The short video sequence uses the individual image files and recomposed into this artistic render in 3D space.

Image, ‘Grain Weevil’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Insect from the Australian National Insect Collection ANIC
CT Scan by Dr Fredrick Ford
3D Scanning by Dr Chuong Nguyen

Wheat Scan

Wheat Photograph by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Wheat samples for CT scanning.

Image: ‘Wheat Scan I’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

First CT scan test completed (low-res version). More testing to follow soon.

‘Wheat Scan I’ is a coloured version of the grey scale scan.

CT Scan kindly produced by Dr Fredrick Ford.

Images show StellrScope watermark – high-res images are availbale.

Animated CT sections:

This video relates to a CT scan of wheat and shows the sections scanned throughout the wheat.

Surreal Plant Structures

Image, ‘Wheatear3y’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

WheatEar images created as part of on-going 3D scanning process to recreate Wheat Crop models.  ‘Wheatear3y’ is a reconstructed composition of plant structures to provide a sense of internal / external structure and beauty of the wheat plant.

Here are a series of three structures illustrating the surreal plant structures as developed for StellrScope Collection.

Image, ‘Wheatear4′ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Image, ‘Wheatear2′ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Image, ‘Wheartear3′ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

The three ‘Wheatear’ images create a stunning large scale installation / projection piece as in the uncanny rescaling of nature

Image, ‘Wheatear3x3′ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Reference: Original wheat scan by Dr Chuong Nguyen.

 

 

 

 

4D Plant Visualisation

Image, ‘The Measure of Volume… Tracking Wheat’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Recent images are focused on 3D Plant Plant Analysis research at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre at CSIRO.

StellrScope is exploring this research as part of the extended wheat innovation story and extending this big data into 4D exploration of image and animated visualisation.

These images are concept sketches adapted from wheat data provided by Jianming Guo and Helen Daily and are part of the research with Xavier Sirault and Chuong Nguyen.

Image: ‘Snapshots of Wheat Plants’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart (Data by Helen Daily & Jianming Guo)

More information: HRPPC Publications

http://www.plantphenomics.org.au/hrppc/publications

 

Stems

‘Stems’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Busy working on a new series of images. ‘Stems‘ is a detail section from one of the recent 3D images created around the William Farrer Field Books. Currently collecting more plant samples and preparing for high-res’ scans.

 

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