‘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.
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
Artist: Eleanor Gates-Stuart
Scitech Rio Tinto Innovation Central
Mineral Resources WA
Steve Harley, Louise Fisher, Peter Schaubs, Belinda Godal, Margaux Levaillant
Matt Adcock, David Feng
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