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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      11 – 13 July 2017

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          The primary purpose of my doctoral visual art project is to uncover the inherent features of water that are invisible to the eye through using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and, by doing so, to use the process of evaporation as an alternative and unusual artistic method of visually presenting the composition of water. In particular, I consider micro-scale drops of water from different aquatic systems after evaporation in an attempt to discover morphological features of the patterns related to water contamination. My artistic intervention of a scientific process through experimenting with the SEM is a way to find what potentially different things my images can say about water to a viewer. My practice aims to draw attention to the qualities of water through enhanced visual details, their interpretation, and differentiation between water samples. By exploring the nature of the SEM, the implications of the digital era to representation data in science and the interplay between the indexical and iconic modalities in the process of evaluating scientific photomicrographs, I try to imbue them with new meanings and to use scientific photography as a creative source of communication to the general public.

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          Self-Organized Crystallization Patterns from Evaporating Droplets of Common Wheat Grain Leakages as a Potential Tool for Quality Analysis

          We studied the evaporation-induced pattern formation in droplets of common wheat kernel leakages prepared out of ancient and modern wheat cultivars as a possible tool for wheat quality analysis. The experiments showed that the substances which passed into the water during the soaking of the kernels created crystalline structures with different degrees of complexity while the droplets were evaporating. The forms ranged from spots and simple structures with single ramifications, through dendrites, up to highly organized hexagonal shapes and fractal-like structures. The patterns were observed and photographed using dark field microscopy in small magnifications. The evaluation of the patterns was performed both visually and by means of the fractal dimension analysis. From the results, it can be inferred that the wheat cultivars differed in their pattern-forming capacities. Two of the analyzed wheat cultivars showed poor pattern formation, whereas another two created well-formed and complex patterns. Additionally, the wheat cultivars were analyzed for their vigor by means of the germination test and measurement of the electrical conductivity of the grain leakages. The results showed that the more vigorous cultivars also created more complex patterns, whereas the weaker cultivars created predominantly poor forms. This observation suggests a correlation between the wheat seed quality and droplet evaporation patterns.
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              July 2017
              July 2017
              : 445-446
              Griffith University

              Unit 1b, 351 Troughton Road, Coopers Plains

              Queensland 4108, Australia
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              Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017)
              London, UK
              11 – 13 July 2017
              Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
              Electronic Visualisation and the Arts


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