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Poster ASC 2014

Poster presented at the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014

Poster presented at the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014

Telling the story… ‘StellrScope at Australian Science Communicators Conference (ASC)  2014.

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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

 


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


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

 

 

 

 


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?


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 🙂


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

 


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


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.

 


BioWheat

BioWheat, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

3D image, BioWheat, a bioinformatic variety.

Research data “Heatmap” from Dr David Lovell (CMIS, CSIRO).

David Lovell: The underlying texture is a drawn from a “heatmap” that depicts the similarity of gene expression profiles over a time course experiment

Data-Heatmap, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart in collaboration with David Lovell (CSIRO).


Wheat Ear

Chlorophyllx4, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Wheat Ear captured with Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging at CSIRO the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility 

 

Technical support kindly by Scott Kwasny


Supreme

Supreme, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

‘Supreme’ – Celebrating scientific innovation and experimentalism

Image Reference: William Farrer’s Field Diary – National Library of Australia


DNA

DNA, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

DNA‘ modified and related to ‘Sequence1


WheatScape

WheatScape, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

The strange world of ‘WheatScape’……and the ‘Wild Ancestors’

Mock-up stage and concept development towards new 3D imageworks


First Crop

First Crop, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

‘First Crop’, this is a 2D representation of a 3D virtual crop. (Work in progress)

©Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 


Image Analysis – Sequence1

Sequence1, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

 

Image analysis study – ‘Sequence1′

New series of images relating to the mapping of research data and simple rules of colour matrix

 

Image References:

(Wheat chromosomes and bread wheat homoeologous G-Based chromosomes)

Appels, Morris, Gill & May, Chromosome Biology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.

 


Farrer Insights

Visionary, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Visionary’ dedicated to William Farrer

Image references William Farrer’s Field Notes (National Library of Australia)


Grains

Grains, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Grains … A closer view – resistant starch

Note: Embedded grain scan provided by Steve Jobling (CSIRO) 


VisSketches

ScienceScape

VisSketchI, by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

ScienceScape

VisSketchII, by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

VisSketches I + II, Concept development in progress

Reference: 3D scanning provided by Chuong Nguyen (CSIRO)


Manufactured

Manufactured, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Manufactured, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

a measure of ingredients……

Originally published on Contacts Page


Wheat in Time (Rough Cut)

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Wheat in Time, Video by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Using StellrScope wheat images to research low tech’ motion and spatial concepts.


Compositional Blends

Compositional Extract I, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Compositional Extract – Blend I & II…….. a mixture of relative data and balanced ingredients

Compositional Extract – Blend II, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart


BreadScape

BreadScape, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Multigrain slice of bread

Measure and elasticity of dough


9x9x9x9x9x9x9x9x9

Images completed in the MAGICal Series. Click on an image to see slideshow.

Results shown are low resolution images.


MAGICal9

MAGICal9, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

An interpretation of bioinformatical spatial data and image analysis, reconstructed as ‘MAGICal9’.

The context for this series is derived from the original two images, ‘MAGICal A’ and ‘MAGICal B’ – (Mapping germinating wheat grain into flowering spikes).

*1 – 9 is the simple numerical rule for mapping


Sequence of Nine

‘Sequence of Nine’ Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Multiple image representing ‘Sequence of Nine’ … the visual reconstruction and test series in MAGICal.


MAGICal (re)Mix

MAGICal (re)Mix, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

MAGICal (re)Mix reflects the image of MAGICal A as an abstracted representation of its bioinformatical and scientific data … a visual remix of cross-breeding in wheat and chromosome characteristics.

MAGICal is a reference to:

CSIRO MAGIC – Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross, allows the identification of genes controlling quantitative traits such as loaf volume, by crossing different combinations of multiple parents. The results of these crosses are plants that have a genome which is a mosaic of their multiple parents.

via A MAGIC approach to improved wheat quality.


MAGICal A + B

MAGICal A, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

MAGICal B, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Cycle of Lines


Wild Ancestor

Image: ‘Wild Ancestor’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

The measure of parenthood

 

Image reference: Colin Cavanagh (CSIRO)


Dynamic ‘Workspace’


Images, ‘Under the hood’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Inspired by ‘Workspace’ CSIRO

This series of images were created having experienced Workspace image analysis capability especially with plant industry… seeds and roots.

The ‘Workspace’ is a framework in which you can construct workflows, user interfaces and complete applications quickly and easily. It also has visualisation capabilities for two-dimensional (2D) plotting and for three-dimensional (3D) models. It is designed to facilitate collaboration between groups and individuals and to be easy to extend.

via Workshop: Workspace — CSIRO ICT Centre.


Multiple of Blue

Image,  ‘Multiple of Blue’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image composite relating to the observation of wheat seed in the research lab.


Softness and Beauty

Image of wheat spike by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Building a series of images based on the wheat spike and its enduring beauty


Dollar of Wheat

Image: 2012 Wheat Sheaf Dollar in Package Design (Front & Back), Royal Australian Mint

In celebration of the wheat industry and its contribution to the Australian economy,  the Royal Australian Mint issued the release of the 2012 wheat sheaf dollar coin design that is available as a visitor press, take home a coin from Canberra.

Statement on the One Dollar Coin Cover:

During the first half of the 20th Century, Australian coin designs reflected the nation’s burgeoning independence, which developed in parallel with successes in agriculture and primary industry. Australia’s current strong position in the global market was founded in the paddocks and plantations of generations past.

2012 Wheat Sheaf Dollar – Royal Australian Mint

Australia’s first $2 bank note featured William Farrer in celebration of his outstanding wheat experimentalism and contribution to Australia’s food future.


Beauty of Grain

Photograph by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Gallery of images to follow documenting the StellrScope project.

Photograph published:

© Gates‐Stuart, E. ‘Beauty of Grain’ (Cover Photograph), Plant Biotechnology Journal, September 2012, Volume 10, Issue 7, Wiley Online Library


William Farrer

Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
References: Agricultural Gazette of N. S. Wales, 1898; The Wheat Industry in Australia, Callagan & Millington, Angus and Roberston, 1956.


“It has been long suggested to me that I should write a paper giving the history and progress of the experimental work I have been engaged upon for the last ten years in improving wheats for Australia, and especially for the climate and conditions of our dry interior; but in looking into the subject, I find my notes have been kept so unsystematically and that so much has been forgotten which was of principal interest at some stage of the work, that it would be exceedingly difficult to write a paper on that subject which would be satisfactory to myself or interesting to others. I think it better, therefore, to make an effort to deal in this paper with the details of the work itself. Such a subject, if justice where done to it, would be likely to furnish suggestive information to others who might wish to take in hand work of a simimilar character, either with cereals or with some other domesticated plants”.

W. Farrer. ‘The Making and Improving of Wheats for Australian Conditions’,* March 1898. Agricultural Gazette of N. S. Wales.
*A paper read before the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science, 10 January, 1898.


Read more about William Farrer: Link: William Farrer, Australian Dictionary of Biography


StellrScope … the logo


S t e l l r S c o p e ……….. S l l e p S r t o c … p l t o S c r S l e e … e r c l t S p e l e S   Random letters of the word StellrScope form the logo.

StellrScope is a deep and intense scrutiny of the remarkable physical and biochemical traits of organisms in physical plant structures, namely wheat. Simplifying this complexity into stunning images of aesthetic analysis and graphical interface is a focus of the project.

StellrScope: Translating information complexity into a simplistic rendering of meaning.