Tarsh Bates

Dr, PhD

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Unsettling Eros of Contact Zones: Queering evolution in the CandidaHomo ecology, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 25 Mar 2019

Biological Art, MSc, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Sept 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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