Working with Art in the Sciences

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Methods in Playfulness – Science & Art – IMPel

'Thought System' - visual mapping for The Immersive Mesopelagic Performance Lab (IMPel)
'Thought System' - visual mapping for The Immersive Mesopelagic Performance Lab (IMPel)

‘Thought System’ – visual mapping for the Immersive Mesopelagic Performance Lab (IMPel)

Team of Six – Artist and Scientists – 1 week of creativity and performance following on from their ‘Day in the Life’ Deep blu Sea to IMPel.

‘Thought System’ is a visual plan referencing the IMPel concept development through to production. Intensive workshop – think tank mapping ideas through experiment with materials, technology, animated sketches, lighting design, dance and script.

Read more on the IMPel page



Shirty Science

Sketching out my Thoughts  - Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Sketching out my Thoughts – Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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.

Unravelling the Sequence by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Unravelling the Sequence by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: Unravelling the Sequence by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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

Stellr Mutants VR World are the next ‘breed’ of agricultural wheat extending the Stellrscope species

Stella Mutants by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Stella Mutants by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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


Objects in Space (VR+)

Eleanor Gates-Stuart: 'Intel-Straits IV' - Prototypes

Eleanor Gates-Stuart: ‘Intel-Straits IV’ – Prototypes from Objects in Space (VR+)

Objects in Space (VR+) – Stage 3 in Progress following on from initial sketches to VR environments (Google Tilt Brush).  Next step: materialising the object – monumental scale

Post-it sketches

Post-it sketches (x3) by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Post-it sketches (x3) by Eleanor Gates-Stuart ©

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.

Post-it sketches by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Post-it sketches by Eleanor Gates-Stuart ©

The Wonder of Fantasy

Keynote Presentation @ The Wonder of Fantasy

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art

Eleanor Gates-Stuart: Keynote Speech at 'The Wonder of Fantasy' Conference Forum

Eleanor Gates-Stuart: Keynote Speech at ‘The Wonder of Fantasy’ Conference Forum

Opening: The Wonder of Fanatsy

Opening: The Wonder of Fantasy

More information: Speaker

Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

Paper: Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

Paper: Art and Science as Creative Catalysts

StellrScope @ CSIRO

Paper presented at IEEE VIS 2013, Atlanta, US

Paper available at this link:


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 Banner Poll

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: ‘Oasis’, ‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: ‘Oasis’, ‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Exhibition Banners – Please take the poll and help choose which banner


Hot Seeds

Hot Seeds @ CSIRO Discover Centre

Hot Seeds @ CSIRO Discover Centre

Hot Seeds

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 @ Questacon

StellrScope @ Questacon

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 for information

Kinect’ing the Dots

Sketch, 'PlantSeedMan' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Sketch, ‘PlantSeedMan’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

PlantSeedMan Installation Development Research for StellrScope Science Art Commission Project – see post

3D Kinect Body Scanning

3D Kinect Body Scanning (Scans of David Lovell, Chuong Nguyen & Eleanor Gates-Stuart)

Video composition using 3D kinect body scanning by Chuong Nguyen – PlantSeedMan Video and Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Still Image, 'PlantSeedMan' Video Clip by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Still Image, ‘PlantSeedMan’ Video Clip by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

InterVisible: Visions from the Intersection of Science and Art

'InterVisible', Poster by Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Chuong Nguyen and David Lovell.

‘InterVisible’, Conference Research Poster by Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Chuong Nguyen and David Lovell.

Poster by Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Chuong Nguyen and David Lovell

CSIRO Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Annual Conference and Workshops, 2013

InterVisible: Visions from the Intersection of Science and Art
Abstract: “Usually, scientific images are conversations stoppers; Science art is a conversation starter” – Dr Matthew Morell, CSIRO Food Futures Flagship. This work highlights the complementarity of Science and Art. Our recent experiences have shown that Art can take Science to places and audiences that it could not otherwise reach. We believe that through, and with Art, CSIRO and other research organisations can engage a much broader audience and, in doing so, increase the impact of Science.

Museum of Australian Democracy – Architectural Projections

Enlighten 2013: Museum of Australian Democracy Architectural Projections by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Enlighten 2013: Museum of Australian Democracy – Architectural Projections by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Museum of Australian Democracy – Sketch and Projection

This concept celebrates MOAD as heritage museum to Old Parliament and the media communications of the times. Using visual iconic references to technology of that era and its importance to the life of Parliament, public knowledge and National information.

Democratic Messages – Lines of Communication

I felt it important to bring the main Chambers ‘out of the building’ and experience the once vibrant historical spaces open and celebrated in large-scale. To enable such detail I used a robotic attachment to camera to capture 70 images in a panoramic detail and digitally stitched together for each Chamber. Subtle references to election speeches are embedded behind the silhouettes.


Questacon Architectural Projections

Architectural Projections on Questacon by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Architectural Projections on Questacon by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

ENLIGHTEN 2013: Bugs and Plants on Questacon

Very exciting to see that the final projections are a match to the concepts and artwork.


Mapping Insects (BUGS): Texture and Environment

3D reconstructed insects from the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO. The insects are placed on a static visual plane that changes in timeframe onto the building and have a visual dynamic effect from both walls or at a corner.


Grassland Series

Plants through an artistic 3D ‘lens’ and the complex structure of the plant, texture and DNA. A translated 3D model and simulated environment viewed as ‘internal’ landscape on external walls.



Artworks by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Insect scan data by Dr Chuong Nguyen from the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO.

Plants scan data by Dr Xavier Sirault and Dr Chuong Nguyen at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility – the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre at CSIRO.

Projections by Electric Canvas.

Sneak Peak ENLIGHTEN 2013

Eleanor Gates-Stuart's Architectural Projections, ENLIGHTEN 2013

Eleanor Gates-Stuart’s Architectural Projection Artwork, ENLIGHTEN 2013

ENLIGHTEN: A sneak peek at one of the architectural projections starting tonight in Canberra.

It has been an amazing experience to make the concepts become real and to see the buildings transform with the artworks. Wow… large scale and in 3D .. amazing.

Electric Canvas are brilliant to work with and have created an excellent showcase for Enlighten 2013.  The above image shows Questacon actually lit up (centre image) whilst the other smaller images are my concept sketches. I hope to publish these here soon once the Enlighten Program is well on its way. The National attraction buildings that have my artwork: the National Library of Australia, Questacon and the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament).

Enlighten Map

With thanks:

CSIRO, The Australian National Insect Collection, Electric Canvas, Enlighten 2013, The Enlighten Venues (NLA, MOAD, Questacon, NPG), The Centenary of Canberra 2013, ABC


ENLIGHTEN 2013 – Architectural Projections

PosterSelected as one of the five artists for Enlighten 2013 – Architectural Projections in Canberra. I created the above image as a sneak peek poster for my visual snippets. Looking forward to working with the artistic team, host organisations, Curator Gemma Pepper and the Electric Canvas.



Poster Presented at OzViz 2012 by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Presented  StellrScope, as an update on the Centenary of Canberra 2013 Science Art Commission Project at OzViz 2012 Symposium.

Poster exhibited (as shown) includes Dr Chuong Nguyen (CSIRO)and Dr Xavier Sirault (CSIRO)

OzViz2012 Program

OzViz2012 Posters

Biosecurity as Art

Constructing Images and Revisioning Science Image Collections

‘Crack’ Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for the Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network

‘Starfish’ Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for the Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network

Images produced for the Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN)

Image References: CSIRO Image Library

View other works


‘The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/Macrocosm’, Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, USA, 2012.

 ‘Biosecurity as Art’, ASC Conference, Sydney. 2012


Insects ’20×20′ Collection by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

These images form part of the ’20×20′insect series relating to research on 3D visualisation an image projection with Chuong Nguyen (CSIRO).

The above image is low-resolution with watermark.




‘Bugs’ – Concept to Live Projection

Left side images – concept for projection.
Rightside images – film and still image projection in situ @ CSIRO

‘Bug’ movie and still image projections by Eleanor Gates-Stuart at SPECTRA Conference @ CSIRO 2012.

3D Insect Scans by Dr Chuong Nguyen CSIRO

Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO