Science & Art – Bioinformatics and Plant Industry

Wheat

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


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 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:

 


Hot Seeds

Hot Seeds Artworks via ISSUU

Part of the Science Art Commission (Centenary of Canberra) and CSIRO Residency

Click on the image below to view the publication


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


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


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

 

 


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


twoxseeds

Image: 'twoxseeds' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: ‘twoxseeds’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

A moment in time…….. Intriguing and fascinating world of early development, idylic and mysterious.


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


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


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.

 


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

 


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)


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

 


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