• The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 18 Citations
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20102019
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Personal profile

Biography

Tarsh Bates is an artist/researcher interested in the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a queer ecology. She has a PhD in Biological Art and is an Honorary Research Fellow at SymbioticA, UWA. She 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 raspberry picker, a lecturer/tutor in art/science, art history, gender & technology, posthumanism, counter realism, internet studies, and popular culture, an editor, a bookkeeper, a car detailer, and a life drawing model. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.

Roles and responsibilities

Honorary Research Fellow 2020-2022, SymbioticA

Current projects

Crossing Kingdoms: An artist-led experiment in cell fusion, interdisciplinary collaboration, and responsible research and innovation

This project is a collaboration with Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Erika Szymanski (Colorado State University), Jane Calvert (STIS, University of Edinburgh) and Elise Cachat (UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology)

Research interests

  • microbiopolitics
  • queer ecologies
  • Candida albicans
  • biological art
  • synthetic biology
  • queer and feminist theory
  • interspecies aesthetics
  • queer evolutionary theory
  • trans* theory
  • science and technology studies

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Western Australia

Biological Art, MSc, The University of Western Australia

Biotechnology, BSc (Hons), Murdoch University

External positions

Casual Tutor, Internet Studies, MCASI, Curtin University of Technology

27 Jul 2019 → …

Keywords

  • Bioart
  • Candida albicans
  • queer ecologies
  • interspecies aesthetics
  • queer theory

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Research Output 2010 2019

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The unsettling eros of contact zones: queering evolution in the CandidaHomo ecology

Bates, T., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

File
Ecology
Contact Zone
Eros
Queerness
Evolutionary Theory

This Mess We're In

Bates, T., 2018

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition

Mess
Frankenstein
Artwork
Queerness
Ecology

On Being a Microbioartist: Research at the intersections of art, microbiology and more-than human culture

Bates, T., 31 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Human Culture
Art
Ecology
Microbiology
Human Body

The queer temporality of CandidaHomo biotechnocultures

Bates, T., 14 May 2019, In : Australian Feminist Studies. 34, 99, p. 25-45 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

intimacy
kinship
evolutionary theory
ecology
community

About SymbioticA

Bates, T., 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Artist
Health
Safety
Scientific Knowledge
Curiosity

Activities 2013 2019

Gender Diversity in Music and Arts (Event)

Ionat Zurr (Programme Committee Chair), Tarsh Bates (Programme Committee Chair)
16 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPeer review panel

On being a microbioartist: Research at the intersections of art, microbiology and more-than human culture

Tarsh Bates (Speaker)
19 Jul 2019

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Taboo‐Transgression‐Transcendence in Art & Science (Event)

Tarsh Bates (Member)
2018

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committee

Challenging categories

Tarsh Bates (Organiser), Ionat Zurr (Organiser), Oron Catts (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Quite Frankly

Tarsh Bates (Member of programme committee), Ionat Zurr (Member of programme committee), Oron Catts (Organiser), Christopher Cobilis (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Messy Moments

Tarsh Bates

27/10/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Beautiful and Bizarre

Tarsh Bates

25/10/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media