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

    6009 Perth


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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

Award Date: 25 Mar 2019

Biological Art, MSc, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Sep 2012

Biotechnology, BSc (Hons), Murdoch University

Award Date: 8 Mar 2000

External positions

Casual Tutor, Internet Studies, MCASI, Curtin University

27 Jul 2019 → …

Research expertise keywords

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


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