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.
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.
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
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.
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Preview the StellrScope Catalogue here:
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StellrScope Exhibition Catalogue by Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2013
Published by CSIRO
Food Futures Flagship & Computational Informatics
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.
Opening Night of StellrScope at Questacon
Images: Courtesy of Canberra 100
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.
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
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, 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 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
StellrScope: Swirling Art and Science by Louise Maher (666 Filed & Online Reporter
‘Wheat Breeder a Conduit for Enlighten Times’ by Sally Pryor, Arts Editor
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
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
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.
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:
‘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
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.
George Weston Technologies
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?
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.
Raw sound files from wheat footage filmed in location @ CSIRO – https://vimeo.com/64972299
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.
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)
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.
Hemming et al, Identification of High Temperature-Responsive Genes in Cereals. 2012
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.
William Farrer’s Letters – National Library of Australia
3D Seed Scans – Dr Chuong Nguyen, CSIRO
3D Modelling – 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.
Insect from the Australian National Insect Collection ANIC
CT Scan by Dr Fredrick Ford
3D Scanning by Dr Chuong Nguyen
The strange world of ‘WheatScape’……and the ‘Wild Ancestors’
Mock-up stage and concept development towards new 3D imageworks
‘Visionary’ dedicated to William Farrer
Image references William Farrer’s Field Notes (National Library of Australia)
Grains … A closer view – resistant starch
Note: Embedded grain scan provided by Steve Jobling (CSIRO)
VisSketches I + II, Concept development in progress
Reference: 3D scanning provided by Chuong Nguyen (CSIRO)
Wheat in Time, Video by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Using StellrScope wheat images to research low tech’ motion and spatial concepts.
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
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.
Image composite relating to the observation of wheat seed in the research lab.
Building a series of images based on the wheat spike and its enduring beauty
Gallery of images to follow documenting the StellrScope project.
© Gates‐Stuart, E. ‘Beauty of Grain’ (Cover Photograph), Plant Biotechnology Journal, September 2012, Volume 10, Issue 7, Wiley Online Library