Have you ever thought about what a mung bean looks like from the inside when it germinates? Erica Seccombe has, so she created an innovative work of art using leading-edge scientific technologies to capture a unique view of mung beans and alfalfa seeds sprouting. Projecting the resulting time-lapse data stereoscopically in cinematic 3D, the immersive installation Out of Season creates a translucent and mesmerizing experience as the ‘virtual’ seeds come to life. By creating a moment of intense self-reflection, this work connects an individual meaningfully to new ways of thinking about our relationship with nature.

Erica created Out of Season in order to incorporate her use of science and technology to pose new questions, and contribute to relevant contemporary art discourses and environmental concerns. Researching agricultural seeds she X-rayed in the laboratories led her to consider the impact of plant extinction, global food security issues and the concept of the anthropocene in relation to her practice.

Motivated to create Out of Season because of her own concerns for the future of the environment, Erica has stated, ‘I have been driven by the need to express through my practice, a response to the now.  Out of Season reflects the questions, concerns and themes relevant to my lifetime. I live in a techno-scientific society in an era of rapid environmental change.’


Dr Erica Seccombe is a visual artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans from traditional and photographic print media and drawing to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software. Since 2006 she has been an artist and resident researcher at the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics and Vizlab, NCI. She is currently a lecturer in Foundation Studies at the ANU School of Art & Design, teaches for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory, and is the Convener of Graduate Studies Coursework for Visual Arts, Design and Art History and Curatorship.

Out of Season 2016
Single channel projection.
2 minutes 40 seconds
Dimensions variable
ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, VizLab, National Computational Infrastructure, artACT project grant, Synapse residency, ANAT.