StellrScope, a body of work by ACT artist Eleanor Gates-Stuart, celebrates wheat innovation over the last century, from William Farrer’s pioneering work on wheat breeding to present-day research on food futures. Using source material including Farrer’s own notebooks, it explores the links
between art and science, and tells the story of the Canberra region’s connection to Australia’s major food crop.
Wheat has long been vital to human existence. For most of us, its practical use overshadows the abstract mathematical and information sciences that lie behind its breeding and development.
StellrScope uses the processes of art to reveal the statistical, and now, bioinformatic underpinnings of modern crop science. Through discussions with researchers about how they conceptualise their work, this artwork helps forge new connections, ideas and understanding in science.
Using video, print and installation projection, StellrScope looks at the physical and biochemical traits of plants, together with science data and images, to construct a public artwork to be displayed at Questacon.
The StellrScope Science Art Commission is supported as a Science Art Fellow residency at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Transformational Biology Capability Platform (TBCP). It is based at CSIRO’s Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics (CMIS) Research Division and supported by the specialist expertise of Dr David Lovell, Bioinformatics and Analytics Leader, and Dr Matthew Morell, Theme Leader, CSIRO Food Futures Flagship.