[-empyre-] DIY, regulations and artistic practice

Tarsh Bates tarshbates at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 15:42:11 AEDT 2018

Thanks Theresa for your interesting question. I work from Australia 
where the rules are quite different and within an academic institution 
so definitely not DIY. In some ways working in the institution changes 
my work more than DIY because I have more bureaucracy. I have to apply 
for and comply with institutional approvals - the same ones scientists 
apply for - biosafety, risk management and human and animal ethics. 
These approvals are set up for scientific experimentation and artistic 
research often challenges the questions on the application forms and the 
decision-making boards who are usually scientists or bioethicists and 
many of whom are unfamiliar with contemporary art practices or who think 
that art is for promoting science rather than engaging with the cultural 
practices of science (and art). If anyone from the DIY sector/US want to 
weigh in...


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