Scribblygum3D, Mt.Ainslie


Scribblygum, Mt Ainslie

The “ghost scribblings” on the Gum Trees on Mount Ainslie are traces left by the larvae of the Scribbly Gum Moth (Ogmograptis Scribula) as it feeds and grows below the bark. The traces on a scribblygum on Mt. Ainslie were photographed from every angle, using Autodesk 123D Catch. These photographs were then used to compute a 3D mesh with an image mapped on the surface. The resulting digital model was then 3D printed in coloured acrylic. This is an example of 3D photography and 3D printing as a documentation of natural heritage.


Scribblygum 3D print in colour

Technological developments in digital media and personal fabrication allow patterns and forms from the natural world to be replicated on 2D surfaces and 3D objects. This project explores the use of 3D photography and computer generated modelling as a form of documentation of the natural environment. It also explores the potential to use these techniques for interior design and architecture.

Scribblygum3D was curated by Katie Hayne for the Traces and Hauntings exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 7-30 August, 2015.

Traces and Hauntings brings together works which afford ways of seeing and thinking that intimate new ways of being in the world. To a considerable extent our lives are characterised by the solid and the present—people we know; the earth we walk on; things we can grasp. In this exhibition, through photo media, sculpture and artist books, University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design staff explore the subtle ruptures of ‘reality’ and the vestiges of things well known.

Teaspoon Chandelier


Teaspoon Chandelier by Stephen Barrass @ Mobile Makers – (photo Timothy Fulton)

The Teaspoon Chandelier is a collection of souvenir teaspoons from a deceased estate that have been wired together to create a chandelier. This arrangement transforms the collection into a decorative object where the array of shapes and colours sparks curiosity to explore the relationships between them. On closer scrutiny we see that the teaspoons are mainly from country towns in NSW such as Mildura, Cowra, Katoomba and Harden. There are also some from holiday spots such as Port Macquarie, Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise. One series traces a trip from Brisbane up to Cairns, and there is a small sub-set from New Zealand and Fiji. There are also commemorative teaspoons from the Olympics in Moscow, 1980, Los Angeles 1984, and Seoul 1988.

Stephen Barrass (2015) The Teaspoon Chandelier, curated by Prof. Angelina Russo, Mobile Makers forum at the University of Canberra on 30-31 July, 2015.

17C : Glass of Coolth

17C : a glass of coolth

17C : Glass of Coolth

Medium: Glass (Nadege Desgenetez) and Phase Change Salts (Stephen Barrass)

17C is a glass vessel that stores coolth against the climate change predictions for rising summer temperatures in Canberra. The vessel contains 6 litres of an inorganic salt that absorbs heat energy as it melts from a crystal to a liquid at 17C. The absorbed heat energy breaks up the crystal lattice and only when all of the salt has melted will the temperature of the material rise above 17C.

The glass allows the physical state of the crystals to be observed. Over time the monitoring of the vessel may allow an understanding of how coolth storage might be used to create a micro-climate in the home.

Glass is also an unusual material, with an amorphous structure that is more similar to a liquid than a solid. The conversation between these materials with similar surface qualities, but deep structural differences, creates a dynamic aesthetic effect.

17C has been curated by Mel George for exhibition in Craft ACT : Embracing Innovation Volume 5, Thursday 23 July to Saturday 29 August 2015

Opening 6.00pm Thursday 23 July 2015

The fifth instalment in this ongoing exhibition series, Embracing Innovation Volume 5 showcases local, national and international craft practitioners and designer makers who are exploring new cutting-edge technologies and design thinking in their practice. With rapid advances and innovation taking place in the craft and design sector, these artists using practice led research to change the way they engage, design and create and are embracing new digital technology and contemporary design theory.

Embracing Innovation Volume 5 features: Stephen Barrass and Nadege Desgenetez; Maureen Faye-Chareon; Tim Frommel; Mehrnoush Latifi and Dr Judith Glover; Dr. Scott Mayson; Terumi Narushima together with Dr Stephen Beirne, Matthew Dabin, Kraig Grady, and Associate Professor Christian Ritz; Dr Fanke Peng and Mouhannad Al-Sayegh; Dr Eddi Pianca together with Dr Stephen Trathen, Dr Carlos Montana-Hoyos and Bill Shelley; Norwood Viviano; Stuart Walker.

The Embracing Innovation series presents pioneering work from artists and researchers from leading Australian and international research and academic institutions and independent practice.

ICAD 2015


ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary conference with relevance to researchers, practitioners, artists, and graduate students working with sound to convey and explore information. The conference is unique in its specific focus on auditory displays and the range of interdisciplinary issues related to their use.

Like its predecessors, ICAD 2015 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements. In addition to ICAD’s core interests, we would like to take the opportunity of the conference being held at IEM to highlight this yearʼs theme ICAD in Space: Sonification, Sonic Interaction Design, and Spatial Audio.

I will present an invited Keynote titled Sonic Information Design, and a poster describing some experimental work in progress with Diagnostic Singing Bells.

Ubiquitous Music


Sixth Workshop on Ubiquitous Music (VI UbiMus): From Digital Arts to Ubiquitous Music. The Sixth Workshop on Ubiquitous Music will take place for the first time outside South America, more precisely at Linnaeus University (LNU), from June 30th to July 2nd. Researchers dealing with digital arts and ubiquitous music are invited to share proposals, initial results and complete research projects. Proceedings will be in Portuguese and English. Selected papers will be included in a book published by a major European press, entitled Ubiquitous Musical Ecologies.

I will lead a workshop on DIY Audio and Electronics based on the Mozzi Tutorial, and present an invited Keynote paper  ….

Barrass, S. (2015), Sonic Interaction Design of Pet Furniture with Emotions using the Interactive Affect Design Diagram, in Proceedings of the the Sixth Workshop on Ubiquitous Music, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden, June 30-2July, 2015.

Musify + Gamify @ Vivid

Patsy the Playful Pouf-doodle is in the Musify + Gamify exhibition as part of the Vivid Festival in Sydney, opening May 26.


Patsy the Designer Pouf-doodle is a musification of a piece of furniture. Patsy builds on ZiZi the Affectionate Couch which was an Ottoman Couch that purred when petted. Patsy extends this experiment through a sound design based on the sounds from an AIBO and a Roomba. Patsy is a cross between a piece of designer furniture and a robotic poodle. Pouf-doodles are vocally expressive, and may even sing along to Karaoke or X-factor on the TV. Cross-breeding with a poodle has the benefits of producing a non-shedding coat to reduce allergies. However mixing a piece of furniture with a poodle is not guaranteed in terms of the characteristics that will appear. It is important to keep in mind that when selecting your poodle mix you should research both sides to consider the personality and physical traits that may be passed on. Like all such experiments, it is important to know where your Pouf-doodle is coming from, and taking in consideration of potential adoption or rehoming is also a very good idea.

This  catalog essay describes the sonic interaction design for Patsy using the Interactive Affect Design Diagram.
Barrass, S. (2015) The Musification of Furniture in the form of a Pouf-doodle, in Bown O. and Liok, L. (curators) Contemporary Perspectives on Gamified Music and Musified Games, 2015.

Currents 2015 New Media Festival

My acoustic 3D printing works have been curated for the Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, June 12 through Sunday, June 28.

Currents-PageThe annual, citywide CURRENTS New Media Festival offers Exhibitions, Multimedia Performances, Digital Dome Programs, Artists Presentations, Panels and Workshops – All CURRENTS events are Free to the public.

Join us for our Opening Night / June 12 / El Museo Cultural and the Railyard Plaza / 6pm – Midnight and our Opening Weekend Events / June 12-14


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