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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.

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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


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


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


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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


Sound of Wheat

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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 🙂


Farrer Variety

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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


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 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.


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

Results shown are low resolution images.


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.