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.
Telling the story… ‘StellrScope at Australian Science Communicators Conference (ASC) 2014.
A huge “thank you” to the Canberra Critics Circle for acknowledging the ‘StellrScope’ Exhibition at Questacon. A wonderful tribute to the work produced as part of the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission and host partner with the CSIRO.
I share this award with all the terrific people who helped and collaborated in the making of StellrScope.
S C I E N C E + A R T ….. Yay!
Canberra Critics Circle:
The idea is that we, the critics, single out qualities we have noticed — things which have struck us as important. These could be expressed as abstracts, like impact, originality, creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.
The 22 year-old Canberra Critics’ Circle is the only such group of critics in Australia that runs across all the major art forms.
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: email@example.com
To view online:
Opening Night of StellrScope at Questacon
Images: Courtesy of Canberra 100
StellrScope interview by Reporter, Louise Maher ABC 666 Canberra
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
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.
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?
Looking for ways to visualise the interconnectedness of the StellrScope Project to include the network, links, collaboration and associations. This visual is a static image placing two maps together. An interactive version would be ideal.. suggestions, please?
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
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 🙂
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.
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
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
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.
Busy working on a new series of images. ‘Stems‘ is a detail section from one of the recent 3D images created around the William Farrer Field Books. Currently collecting more plant samples and preparing for high-res’ scans.
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
‘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.
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.
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.
The measure of parenthood
Image reference: Colin Cavanagh (CSIRO)
Image composite relating to the observation of wheat seed in the research lab.
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.
Australia’s first $2 bank note featured William Farrer in celebration of his outstanding wheat experimentalism and contribution to Australia’s food future.
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
“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
S t e l l r S c o p e ……….. S l l e p S r t o c … p l t o S c r S l e e … e r c l t S p e l e S Random letters of the word StellrScope form the logo.
StellrScope is a deep and intense scrutiny of the remarkable physical and biochemical traits of organisms in physical plant structures, namely wheat. Simplifying this complexity into stunning images of aesthetic analysis and graphical interface is a focus of the project.
StellrScope: Translating information complexity into a simplistic rendering of meaning.
Eleanor Gates-Stuart has been awarded the Centenary of Canberra, Science Art Commission, with residency as, Science Art Fellow, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) through their Transformational Biology Capability Platform (TBCP). She will be based at the CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics (CMIS) Research Division supported by the specialist expertise of Dr David Lovell, Bioinformatics and Analytics Leader, and Dr Matthew Morell, Theme Leader, CSIRO Food Futures Flagship.
StellrScope will be completed in 2013 and displayed at Questacon and the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra. The Centenary Science Art Commission is jointly funded by the ACT Government and the Australian Government and is one of many projects taking place to mark the Centenary of Canberra in 2013. http://www.canberra100.com./au/
StellrScope: Translating information complexity into a simplistic rendering of meaning