MAECP Open Lecture Series:
Tarsh Bates, On being a Microbioartist: making art in a microbiology laboratory
Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
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. She 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.