Take a look at scientific innovation - 'Under the Surface'

'Under the Surface' @ Scitech Rio Tinto Innovations Central WA

‘Under the Surface’ focuses on WA mining and minerals and the innovation involved in looking under the earth’s surface working with research scientists at CSIRO WA and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. Visualising innovation is a crucial part of this research and the context of scientific brilliance as it places Australia at the cutting edge of global science. ‘Under the Surface’ is commissioned by the Scitech Discovery Centre (WA) and as Artist in Residence, Gates-Stuart explores ways in which art can help communicate science to non-scientists and scientists alike, particularly in this instance of the science museum. The installation is aimed at playful engagement allowing the audience to interact with the artwork by using their body gesture (hand movement) to control and explore the layers of context. 

Influenced by scientific innovation and with reference to historical artefacts, ‘Under the Surface’ is a collaboration of knowledge and information sharing in bringing this artwork to completion. It explores complexity of technology in scientific and industrial innovation, repositories of information (both physical collection and electronic) through visual communication and interpretation through artworks. 

'Under the Surface' by Artist, Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart at Scitech WA

Images: 'Under the Surface' by Artist, Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart at Scitech WA

‘... our ability to generate large geoscience datasets is beginning to outstrip our ability to integrate and interpret them. Capturing and managing the geological uncertainty, incomplete evidence, and the scientific debate characteristic of creating an understanding of Australia and its mineral systems through time is a major challenge’.

Uncover: Australian Exploration Geoscience Research, Searching the Deep Earth A Vision for Exploration Geoscience in Australia (Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, Australia, 2012

Science Art Commission / Residency 


Artist: Eleanor Gates-Stuart 

Scitech Rio Tinto Innovation Central

Andrew Hannah

Serena O’Neal


Mineral Resources WA

Steve Harley, Louise Fisher, Peter Schaubs, Belinda Godal, Margaux Levaillant


Matt Adcock, David Feng

WA networks 

Christine Boase, AngloGold Ashanti,


Aaron Budarick, Mt Charlotte KCGM

Marty Lake, KCGM


Jyotindra Sapkota, Wayne Hitchcock, Geoscience Mapping, Geological Survey Department of Mines and Petroleum

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