Meet the people who collaborated with artist Eleanor Gates-Stuart on StellrScope. You can click on the images to read their experiences of the science-art collaboration.
At CSIRO, there is a unique relationship between the sciences and art. The key to this is importantly around relationships and the mutual respect in sharing knowledge and understanding of the inherent value of research expertise.
In interacting with the scientific teams, Eleanor has acted as a cross-pollinator, seeing connections between the work of different groups and encouraging them to discuss how they would communicate their work through common threads.
StellrScope speaks to a broad network of relationships. From Watson and Crick’s “central dogma” that “DNA makes RNA makes protein”; to the roles that wheat and humans have played in each other’s survival and evolution; to the science and technology, the researchers and farmers whose efforts give us our daily bread. StellrScope reminds us that things in life are connected, even if we cannot fully grasp how.
7 August 2013
The launch of StellrScope exhibition at Questacon. StellrScope is a body of work by ACT artist Eleanor Gates-Stuart which celebrates wheat innovation over the last century and tells the story of the Canberra regionâs connection to Australiaâs major food crop. Eleanor with Joanne Daly from CSIRO.
Photograph by Penny Bradfield.
Joanne DalyMy greatest lesson? While the products seem very different: an installation versus a new plant variety, science art and scientific research are built on common foundations of insight and innovation; of beauty of design and execution well done.Image by Penny Bradfield, copyright ACT Government.
This satellite-tagged turtle will signal its position each time the aerial breaks the sea surface.
Chuong NguyenI initially worked with Eleanor to share my research data and create 3D models of bread and wheat for her StellrScope project and together we started a new collaboration bouncing off ideas to push the limits of both of our domains.
Each captured turtle has its vital statistics measured and logged before being tagged and released.
Bob FurbankWhere art meets science at Stellrscope is in visualising the beauty of scientific models, rendering the complex dynamics of plant development over time and the creative spark which can kindle a feast for the eyes or a feast for the hungry bellies of a growing world.
Conducting cable testing at Nexans' commercial manufacturing facility.
Conducting cable testing at Nexans’ commercial manufacturing facility.
Steve JoblingI must say that I was blown away by the first image of Eleanor’s that I saw on ‘StellrScope’ – I just wasn’t expecting that kind of image. The pictures of the wheat that had been taken in the lab and field were transformed into complex colourful images.
Eleanor is our science art fellow, and she created StellrScope for her Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission.