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StellaTEDxCanberra

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.

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Eleanor Gates-Stuart presenting at TEDXCanberra. Photograph by Adam Thomas

Eleanor Gates-Stuart presenting at TEDXCanberra. Photograph by Adam Thomas

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StellrScope @ CSIRO Discovery Centre

New information panels designed by Eleanor gates-Stuart for the CSIRO Discovery Centre - StellrLume Domes

New information panels designed by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for the CSIRO Discovery Centre – StellrLume Domes

The displayed images contain a ‘StellrScope’ watermark. This does not appear on the original artwork at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.


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


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

 

 

 

 


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


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

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William Farrer Diaries

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‘Carbon Copy’, Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Inspired by William Farrer Diaries

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.


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 Scan

Wheat Photograph by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Wheat samples for CT scanning.

Image: ‘Wheat Scan I’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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.


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


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) 


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