‘Evolving Virus’ paintings – a theme that has been with me for many years and being back in Australia with time in my studio (I have to say it is like having a arts residency since I been overseas for a couple of years) is great to visit these works again.
“You are still working on them.. !!” my son asked as he featured in the initial series in which the paintings were created for an installation and more importantly led to my PhD at the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU). I remember asking my potential supervisor at that time, Professor Susan M. Stocklmayer AO, if I could combine arts and science for my research and luckily she said “yes” and became my supervisor. These works have undergone a few changes since then and it is great to be looking at them with fresh eyes.
It is not that I ever forgot them but my research took some interesting directions, such as FingerCodes, StellrScope, Under the Surface and more recently Orchids. Even though I love being in the science labs I have to confess that I enjoy getting my fingers in the paint as well. You never know.. maybe I can ‘paint’ with biological material soon.
‘Home Grown’ sketch – having fun with ideas.
It has been great fun to be involved in Shirty Science this year and to team up with Dr Marija Mustac as ‘Project Earthquake’. What a terrific initiative by Madison Hartill-Law to come up with the idea of Shirty Science – check out: website and facebook page.
Marija and I have completed our project design which will be released soon via Shirty Science – so no sneak peek just yet!!
However, I wanted to sketch out my thoughts on one sheet to document my thoughts and have as a keepsake. I do tend to use post-it (sticky notes) to think through ideas and this sheet actually starts with my first sketch ‘taking shape’ as I contemplated how I would exchange ideas with my scientist partner, Marija. Interesting how Marija’s research focuses on tracking earthquakes and I have experienced quite a few from living in Taiwan … a great start for the both of us!! Anyway, not to discuss our completed design but to post this page as an insight to the experience for me. Keep a look out for all this year’s fabulous designs from Shirty Science.
A new work from the Orchid Research Series that originated at the Orchid Research and Development Centre at the National Cheng Kung University. This work is a tribute to the ORDC and to Professor Hong-Hwa and her team, as my orchid research experiment project and the work I currently have in progress is influenced by the innovative and experimental nature of this lab.
I am also looking for other research partners to continue the work here in Australia and Internationally.
© Eleanor Gates-Stuart
In writing mode for the works in progress, Blood Fusion, Orchid Plants in Collaboration with the Orchid Research and Development Centre at National Cheng Kung University. I might have seemed quiet since returning to Australia but that is because I am busy working on my research projects and the Orchids are very much a favourite. Here is a peek at the images created for documenting the process. A big project with lots of material to include. I am hoping share the results soon, hopefully a conference paper along side the artworks and photographs. © Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Acknowledgement: Professor Hong-Hwa Chen & Pei-Han Lai, National Cheng Kung University
What an end to a great semester at National Cheng Kung University and having enjoyed being part of bringing this Techno Art Program into existence. Wonderful to have received my full Professorship and to have worked with some amazing colleagues and students. It will be exciting to hear of the 1st Techno Arts Masters students, 2017 graduation, and I hope they visit Australia in the future. This last semester was special by introducing students to science-art and to develop their research in collaboration with the Orchid Research and Development Centre (ORDC), NCKU. I will post more about my own research with ORDC soon. Now to life back in Australia 😀
|Jimmy Hung||洪凱祥||Yu Fu Lin||林玉富|
|Rider Chen||陳相丞||You-Yi Chen||陳佑亦|
|Jiun-Kai Huang||黃俊凱||Hsin Huang||黃歆|
|Jessica Chen||陳瀅守||Wu, Wan-Lin||吳宛霖|
|Lu, Wei-yu||盧威聿||Xu, Rui-ling||許瑞鈴|
|Prof Eleanor Gates-Stuart||愛莉諾||Prof Hong-Hwa Chen||陳虹樺|
|(Nicole) Pei-Han Lai||賴姵含|
We would like to express our thanks to the Orchid Research and Development Center (ORDC) for their kindness and support in collaborating with the artists in the Techno Art Program 1051. We wish the very best for all their research and future success.
Special “thank you” to:
Professor Hong-Hwa, Director (ORDC)
Professor Wen Huei Chen, Researcher (ORDC)
Associate Professor Wen-Chieh Tsai (Institute of Tropical Plant Science)
‘Unravelling the Sequence’ the first in the series of images, photo-sketches, for the new body of work starting here at the National Cheng Kung University. This body of work extends my research here on the Campus of NCKU, probably the timing and response to having been here over a year, finding overlaps in my thought and experiences, as I live between Australia and Taiwan…. one world.
Those of you that know me will with no doubt grasp the context – just an experiment.
Science communication remains an import aspect of the investigation and the results are two-fold in this particular instance so I can wider the scope of the results.
Stellr Mutants VR World are the next ‘breed’ of agricultural wheat extending the Stellrscope species
Artist, Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart, revisiting ’15 Seeds’ and ‘Beautiful Mutant’ from the StellrScope wheat experimentation and innovation series.
Building the next breed via VR world to experience the species up close and inside.
Acknowledgement: CSIRO + Data61
Enjoyed presenting my work and being part of the SIGGRAPH 2016 panels (CG in Australasia & CG in Asia) Anaheim Convention Centre, LA
CG in Australasia Speakers include:
Patricia Kung | Animal Logic
Oliver Bown | UNSW
Eleanor Gates-Stuart | Artist / Professor of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Panel Chair: June Kim | Research Associate at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Asia Speakers include:
Ben Lert: Chair of SIGGRAPH Asia 2017
Elanor Gates Stuart | Artist / Professor of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Kenji Ozawa: Manager | Planning group Educational Div. Computer Graphic Arts Society (CG-ARTS)
Snow Yunxue Fu| Artist / Lecturer of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Panel Chair: Miho Aoki | SIGGRAPH Symposium on Education Chair
Science + Art @ at the South Australia Museum
Congratulations to all applicants who entered this year’s Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and for providing a challenging and exciting opportunity for the judging panel to select works for the prizes and also for the exhibition. The world of natural science is truly amazing, as shown through the works of all the contributing artists and confirmed by the diversity of the artworks entered. The intellect and intensity of Natural Science as an influential content is counterbalanced with works that resonate of personal and passionate conviction for natural science, close up, in our lives and of the wider planet.
If you have a chance to visit the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2016 at the South Australia Museum it will certainly be worthwhile. The exhibition showcases the finalist’s artworks drawn from the Open and Emerging Artist categories exploring the theme of Natural Science within their artwork. This year’s winner of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is artist, Julia deVille, for her stunning artwork, Neapolitan Bonbonaparte and artist, Dan Power as winner for the Emerging Artist category for his intriguing artwork, G(RAZED).
This year video works were included in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, entries in any form of visual fine art were eligible with the exception of photography.
Open Prize $30,000, sponsored by Fisher Jeffries, Barristers & Solicitors
Emerging Artist Prize $10,000, sponsored by the Hill Smith Gallery
Barry Keldoulis, CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia
Prof Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Professor in Techno Art at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Prof Klaus Rohde, Emeritus Professor at the University of New England
Brian Oldman, Director South Australian Museum
Over in Australia with a great visit planned to SA Museum and planning of next projects. Contact me if you would like to catch up, chat about visits, research, have coffee… (June-Late August)
Thank you ATWEN for publishing this article.
Great be be working in both Australia and Taiwan.
Installation @ Scitech WA. The ‘Under the Surface’ Mining and Minerals has been installed and is up and running at Scitech WA. The work has been gerourously supported by CSIRO, KCGM Superpit, GeoScience Australia, DMP and Scitech Rio Tinto Innovation Central.
Contact Eleanor for more information
Happening soon…………… ‘Under the Surface’ @ SCITECH WA
Under the Surface – Mining & Minerals
Mining Data: Dr Peter Schaubs, CSIRO
Delighted to be invited to ‘Magnified’ – 12 Years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives of Australia.
Natural Science and Art – wonderful.
Amazing support from Mineral Resources at CSIRO WA for ‘Under the Surface’, Scitech Artist Residency 2016 – Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Busy few days dashing between Scitech and CSIRO WA in bringing together Art+Science+Technology. Well done CSIRO for engaging with artists.
Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Visiting ‘scientist’ – artist at Mineral Resources CSIRO
Exploring spaces at Scitech WA as planning for my Artist in Residence work is under development. A few days to meet with the amazing team of staff and enjoying seeing the exhibits full of visitors – so much fun.
Will keep posting about the project especially as we move nearer the date to the launch. Had a great look around all the spaces and saw a super cool exhibition about to open. I had a special peek of the exhibition behind the scenes. Lots to think about…………
Just had to share one of my new images of Western Australia, part of the ‘Under the Surface’ mining project, residency at Scitech Discovery Centre 2016.
Finger, Bugs and Time Travel all sound like a great title for an Artwork.
These are new leaflets available on the works: FingerCodes, Titanium Insects and Nautical Mix.
The Creatives gallery showcases artists, designers, and creative technologists whose work has been informed or influenced by science and technology. Artists create, shape, reflect, and define our society — their contribution is critical to any human rights movement. This gallery seeks to recognize the critical role of artists and creative practitioners in imagining and realizing a more gender equitable future.
Great to be part of the exhibition – Thank you
A Global Fund for Women Project
Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art
PhD thesis and final seminar complete. Created this image ‘Discovery’ to celebrate the research.
PhD Research study at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), Australian National University & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Image contains a digital watermark that is not on the actual image.
Amazing series of presenters and excellent event
Photograph of Eleanor by Ian Barndt
Post-it sketches reflect my thoughts and capture snippets of my daily life. They have been something that sit in the background to my artist practice – more of a distraction to what I am actually doing and sometimes an enjoyable gift to send a friend and share with family. Drawing has always been part of my life but I never really regarded any of these sketches as an influence until I was in my final year at art school. It was then that they became part of my work having gained the confidence to put them out in public. A tutor had seen one of my letters that I was writing to a friend and asked about all the sketches that I was adding into the letter and asked if this was something that I enjoyed. Much of my earlier work show signs of this approach as I fluctuated through various stylistic methods to tell a story – more often to deflect the viewer from the real story or the images being personalised. A bit of a contraction really as everyone knew they were my drawings.
I still add drawings to my letters, enjoying a fountain pen and smudging my sketch with my fingers. These days I do not write as many letters as I would like to send as email is so much quicker and I guess that is why I started using the post-it notes as they are always on my desk. A thought will be put straight onto the note and then my iphone would send it off to a friend or add it up to my facebook page where I enjoy sharing the sketches with friends. I always placed them on my personal page rather than my art pages as I still wanted to keep them close, especially as they tend to be about my friends or my personal life.
So why make them more public? Interestingly, they have become part of my research study in a discussion relating to the framing of ideas. More so…… it has been great to receive lots of feedback from folks and that is as enjoyable for me as sharing the sketches. I do not have many early ones as they were all sent out in letters – you never know they might still have a few around if the content was directly about them or if they are as as much a ridiculous a hoarder of things as me.
Information Panels for CSIRO Discovery Centre
Panels commissioned for the Food Futures Science Exhibition area
© Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Each panel is H: 271cm x W: 42.2 cm
Amazing ‘insects’ hit the catwalk in FASHFEST, as the science inspired insect prints were proudly showcased in the Scientist fashion theme. Almost ironic as the designs are 3D insect body maps … rewrapped as swimwear and stunning in their appearance. Five designs were selected from Eleanor’s collection, images that form part of her research at CSIRO (Computational Informatics Division) and the ANU (CPAS) reflecting her focus in science+art+technology.
Using Eleanor’s fabric designs, the swimsuits are then designed by British fashion Designer, Shelley Campton and printed in collaboration with JETS Digital.
Working on the ‘Scientist’ theme for FASHFEST has certainly thrown a different perspective on the research I normally undertake in my science art focus and one that is truly exciting. Seeing images take on a new aesthetic in the form of fabric design and applied to the FASHFEST scientist theme for swimwear is an interesting direction.
Admittedly the lab coats have crept into the spotlight and to be honest an image I have not attached to my work before given it is usually the science itself I have been focused on. However, seeing the fun that the public has in wearing the lab coats and taking on the persona of scientist in the learning environment at CSIRO Discovery Centre captured my attention.
Although the lab coats only have a few seconds appearance as the science inspired fabric prints and swimsuits are the main feature, I am already thinking about the potential of them in future concepts. Collaborators are most welcome.
3D Grassland goes fabric for FASHFEST
The 3D animated ‘Grassland’ sequence provides the stunning design for one of the FASHFEST contemporary swimwear. The palm beetle and cicada (from the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO) are amongst the featured ‘stars’ in the designs, although they might be rather hard to find in the sheer brilliance and pattern of the printed fabric.
The other four designs are full of colour as you can imagine with such beautiful Australian insects as inspiration. These will be revealed on the night at FASHFEST.
There are also a suite of artworks from Grasslands as shown on Studio E L E A N O R G A T E S T U A R T Australia.
If you are interested in knowing more about Eleanor’s work – please contact her directly.
SCIENCE+ART+FASHION … CSIRO+eleanorgatestuart+FASHFEST
Bugs make it to the fashion walkway at FASHFEST. Well sort of… Eleanor’s insect artwork is fused in a myriad of design as fashion fabrics for swimwear. A rather unusual brief and a very exciting challenge as one of the three artists selected by FASHFEST producer, Steve Wright, to contribute to the fashion event. Eleanor whose research with CSIRO and CPAS (ANU) specialises in using her art to illuminate science research and collaboration, such as, her designs for FASHFEST that focus on the 3D construction of insects for the Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO) with the Division of Computational Informatics.
The FASHFEST theme of ‘Scientist’ fits perfectly with Eleanor’s own PhD research study in science and art, especially with her collaborative partnership with Dr Chuong Nguyen in their exploration of 3D printing of titanium insects and interactive exhibits, such as StellrScope.
Insect inspired designs ready for FashFest… great to be one of the selected artists to create designs for the swimwear fabric design.
Designs will be revealed on the night at FashFest – meanwhile here are a few snippets of my inspiration and research at CSIRO and the Australian National Insect Collection:
Fashfest goes bug-eyed over swimwear Canberra Times
Eleanor’s Artwork Collections Store eleanorgatestuart
Dr Chuong Nguyen, CSIRO
Australian National Insect Collection ANIC, CSIRO
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
The exhibition catalogue (electronic version) of the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission, ‘StellrScope’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart
The publications contains contributions from other authors talking about this commissioned works of art, including scientists from CSIRO.
Preview the StellrScope Catalogue here:
Click on the picture below
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.
ABC3 Behind the News Reporter, Emma Davis, interviews CSIRO Science Art Fellow, Eleanor Gates-Stuart and CSIRO Research Scientist, Dr Chuong Nguyen about their collaboration to produce the 3D Titanium Insects. Watch the video, below:
3D Titanium Bugs on exhibition at Embracing Innovation Volume 3
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery: 18 Jul – 24 Aug 2013
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra
“Eleanor Gates-Stuart has worked as part of a team also, with scientists and computer experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) providing specific expertise. As part of her Canberra Centenary science art commission StellrScopE, the team used a 3D scanner to map weevils and other bugs and insects, and enlarge them with detail intact. Such art and science collaborations are increasingly common, for instance the Synapse initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Network for Technology2 has facilitated collaborations between artists and scientists on a variety of projects over the last ten years.
Artworks produced during Gates-Stuart’s collaboration include two dimensional images and a group of three dimensional bugs printed in titanium and patinated in strong bright colour. The ‘re-birthed’ bugs, enlarged beyond their true size, are strange hybrids; neither toy nor specimen, props perhaps in a science fiction film or animation. Spot lit in the gallery this sense of the filmic is amplified”.
Extract from Embracing Innovation Volume 3 Essay by Dr Patsy Hely
Opening Speech by Peter King:
Mr Peter King is the Manager of Green Growth Partnerships and Design Integration and the Secretariat Australian Design Integration Network at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
Giant 3D printed bugs shed light on insect anatomy
Images are low resolution with watermark – high res’ images available on request
More information can be following on these links:
StellrScope Exhibition Banners – Please take the poll and help choose which banner
A Series of Artworks Celebrating the Centenary of Canberra,
Science Art Commission Residency, StellrScope, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
6 August – 15 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
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
Titanium Insects produced @ CSIRO Titanium Technologies are on Exhibition at:
Thursday, 18 July to Saturday, 24 August 2013
The development of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) has seen changes take place within the Creative Arts in Australian tertiary institutions. Primary practice-based and practice-led research has been incorporated into universities research recognition and funding frameworks. Concurrently, craft practitioners and designer makers are embracing digital technologies, research and design thinking, with innovation and advances in these areas changing the way they engage, design and create.
In response, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre presents, Embracing Innovation Volume 3, an exhibition showcasing innovation in the creative arts, with a particular focus on craft and design. The exhibition showcases makers who are exploring these new areas of practice.
Christmas Beetle, Scientific name: Anoplognathus (blue anodised titanium)
Wheat Weevil, Scientific Name: Sitophilus granarius (yellow anodised titanium)
Broad-nosed Weevil, Scientific Name: Gagatophorus sp. (titanium – no colour)
Jewel Beetlel, Scientific Name: Buprestidae (titanium – no colour)
More information can be following on these links:
3D ‘Beautiful Mutant’ and ‘twoxseeds’ are part of the new virtual crop series being produced for StellrScope. This image includes the wheatear ‘point cloud’ as part of the visualisation process leading the object into other artworks.
PlantSeedMan Installation Development Research for StellrScope Science Art Commission Project – see post
New work in development, exploring 3D Printing and Titanium in collaboration with Chuong Nguyen at CSIRO. The above image is the first prototype ‘hot off the bed’ following testing. For more information regarding the 3D Bugs please contact us.
Science • Art • Technology @ CSIRO
Insect Concept Development & Direction – Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Quantitative Imaging, 3D Scanning – Chuong Nguyen
Titanium Manufacturing – Chad Henry
Titanium Production – Vinay Tyagi