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.
Thank you to all your requests to buy StellrScope Artworks.
The Collection is now on-line to buy direct from Studio E L E A N O R G A T E S T U A R T Australia
StellrScope @ CSIRO
Paper presented at IEEE VIS 2013, Atlanta, US
Paper available at this link: http://visap2013.sista.arizona.edu/papers/Stuart_CreativeCatalysts.pdf
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view online:
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
Thanks to everyone who contributed comments and feedback to StellrScope at Questacon and Hot Seeds at CSIRO Discovery Centre.
More information – StellrScope Comments Page
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
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.
News @ CSIRO…. Meet the people who collaborated with Eleanor by Arwen. See Blog post http://csironewsblog.com/2013/08/16/art-and-science-cross-pollinate/
Opening Night of StellrScope at Questacon
Images: Courtesy of Canberra 100
StellrScope interview by Reporter, Louise Maher ABC 666 Canberra
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
Both Exhibitions are up and running, including the ‘Embracing Innovations Volume 3‘ at the CraftACT Design Gallery.
Pictures and more information to follow soon.
Free Entry to all the Exhibitions
Questacon – StellrScope
CSIRO Discovery Centre – Hot Seeds
StellrScope: Swirling Art & Science on ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/08/06/3819290.htm
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
6 August 2013 – 15 September 2013
CSIRO Discovery Centre
North Science Road
Acton ACT 2601
Please note : Image is shown with a watermark
The Centre for Grain Food Innovation
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
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
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:
A moment in time…….. Intriguing and fascinating world of early development, idylic and mysterious.
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)
Thinking beyond the square… next series of sketches for proposed installation work, in collaboration with Chuong Nguyen, Matt Adcock and Dulitha Ranatunga.
New Technologies and Alternative Media
Autumn 2013 Volume 48 No. 1 Pages 30/31
Journal available: http://www.printcouncil.org.au/imprint/imprint-autumn-2013 or via Contact
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.
Photograph: Questacon with ‘Oasis’ Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
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.
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
Wheat samples for CT scanning.
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.
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.
The three ‘Wheatear’ images create a stunning large scale installation / projection piece as in the uncanny rescaling of nature
Reference: Original wheat scan by Dr Chuong Nguyen.
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
Wheat Ear captured with Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging at CSIRO the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility
Technical support kindly by Scott Kwasny
‘Supreme’ – Celebrating scientific innovation and experimentalism
Image Reference: William Farrer’s Field Diary – National Library of Australia
The strange world of ‘WheatScape’……and the ‘Wild Ancestors’
Mock-up stage and concept development towards new 3D imageworks
‘First Crop’, this is a 2D representation of a 3D virtual crop. (Work in progress)
Image analysis study – ‘Sequence1′
New series of images relating to the mapping of research data and simple rules of colour matrix
(Wheat chromosomes and bread wheat homoeologous G-Based chromosomes)
Appels, Morris, Gill & May, Chromosome Biology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.
‘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)
Manufactured, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
a measure of ingredients……
Originally published on Contacts Page
Wheat in Time, Video by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Using StellrScope wheat images to research low tech’ motion and spatial concepts.
Compositional Extract – Blend I & II…….. a mixture of relative data and balanced ingredients
Multigrain slice of bread
Measure and elasticity of dough
Images completed in the MAGICal Series. Click on an image to see slideshow.
Results shown are low resolution images.
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
Multiple image representing ‘Sequence of Nine’ … the visual reconstruction and test series in MAGICal.
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.
Cycle of Lines
The measure of parenthood
Image reference: Colin Cavanagh (CSIRO)
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.