Open lecture: Tarsh Bates

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00
Theatre Academy, Auditorio 1
Free entry
On being a Microbioartist: making art in a microbiology laboratory

Tarsh Bates’ art/science practice explores what it means to be human when we recognise our bodies as multi-species ecologies, with a particular focus on the relationships between Homo sapiens and Candida albicans. She uses scientific and artistic methodologies to explore physical, emotional, cultural and political relationships between humans and Candida. This presentation asks the audience to consider the perspective of the microbe, of the pathogen, as a creature that is more-than-human, through discussion of the role of artistic research in a microbiological laboratory.

Tarsh Bates is an artist researcher interested in how knowledge and experience are created and transferred through the relationships between material, bodies, environment and culture. She completed a Master of Science (Biological Arts) in 2012. Tarsh has worked variously as a pizza delivery driver, a fruit and vegetable stacker, a toilet paper packer, a researcher in compost science and waste management, a honeybee ejaculator, an art gallery invigilator, a bookkeeper, a car detailer, an editor, a tutor and lecturer in gender and technology, fantasy and the aesthetics of art and science, and a life drawing model. Tarsh is currently a candidate for a PhD (Biological Arts) at SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia where her research is concerned with the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.

Presented by MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance.