Data used for Visualization in 2016

    By Michelle Sylvester

    This fabric work represents the gene expression for Ta_ChSp_TFL1 (Chinese Spring Wheat). This work explores a combination of my experience at the Agricultural Research Centre with an exploration in understanding Jamie Larsen’s data set. By enlarging and simplifying the 522 character long gene expression I seek to make the data tangible to the viewer by inviting exploration through touch. Each pocket will be stuffed with a set weight of cracked wheat to represent the A,T,G, or C in the sequence.

  • I Dream in Data
    By Danin Lawrence

    My first work determined itself to be based exclusively on my first response.  It is my way of activating my own investigation towards taking in entirely new scenery.  My initial reaction to the tour and the lectures at the Lethbridge Research Station was: How am I going to cross over to all of this new information when it is not in a language that I can easily understand?  I began to consider ways in which this cross over becomes manifested.  To me, the answer that arrived was about a personal limited understanding but couldn’t it be simultaneously about unlimited possibilities?  How might those two notions arrive at the same place and at the same time?  I decided that I would set myself parameters and create a work that I hoped reflected processes that showed limits.  I limited myself to one material that also has limited abilities of use.  I limited the supports used and I chose limited steps through which to take the material through.  These limited processes that I had taken the material through, at the end, were placed in an eclectic installation.  The installation was very important to this piece.  I wanted to evoke a sense that there is still so much possibility that is, even within limitations.

  • Data Spiral
    By Robyn Matchett

    For my piece I have decided to explore the effect of stripe rust on different wheats. My initial form is stretched and twisted in relation to the resistance and susceptibility of stripe rust genes on wheat. While my initial studies are in wood, I would like to progress into either metal or acrylic/glass.

  • Wheat Gene Expression
    By Eli Clements

    My first project represents the activity of the VRN1 gene in different zadock stages of perennial plants. The circles that form at the beginning of the animation represent the different zadock stages from the data I chose (Z22,Z39,Z47, and Z65). As the animation continues stalks of wheat grow out and represents the growth of wheat for each zadock stage chosen. At the end of the wheats growth it will  sprout out a coloured semi circle to show the activity of the VRN1 gene at that stage of the plants growth.

  • Pixel Graphics
    By Mat Ware

    Inspired by late 20th century video game pixel graphics, I looked to work with a pseudo three-dimensional isometric art style, similar to the graphics seen in Chris Sawyer’s Roller Coaster Tycoon (1999). In addition, I felt that the emphasis on building, construction, and micromanagement in the game tied in well with the goals of the research data. I began with a simple bar graph mapping the presence of the tested gene in a particular part of the plant at different life stages. I then adapted that graph to the isometric style and experimented with the result, considering the potential problems with each iteration. Although still in the experimental stage, the “diorama” appears to be the most successful, and will likely be the biggest influence on the direction of the final project.