[-empyre-] October topic: Welcome Tarsh Bates to -empyre-

Renate Terese Ferro rferro at cornell.edu
Mon Oct 1 12:07:49 AEST 2018

       Dear –empyreans, 
       The warmest welcome to Tarsh Bates (AU), our October moderator.  I first met Tarsh in Hong Kong a couple of years ago at the New Media Caucus Conference.  I was mesmerized by her presentation on the research and creative, artistic work she was doing with living yeast.  Thrilled that she has not only agreed to sit on our newly formed Advisory Board but also excited to introduce her to our list.  Tarsh has curated an exhibition in Australia that lies at the heart of this month’s topic.  I will let her introduce that to you but I welcome and introduce Tarsh Base to the –empyre- community.  
       Tarsh Bates is an artist/researcher interested in the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a queer ecology. I have 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 and popular culture, an editor, a bookkeeper, a car detailer, and a life drawing model. I was recently awarded a PhD exploring the human as a multi-species ecology and am currently a research associate at SymbioticA, UWA and The Seed Box, an international environmental humanities collaboration based at Linköping University in Sweden and funded by Mistra and Formas. I am particularly enamoured with Candida albicans. 

Happy October to all, 

Renate Ferro
Visiting Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Cornell University
-empyre soft-skinned space, curator, managing moderator
rferro at cornell.edu

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