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Tarsh Bates completed a Master of Science (Biological Arts) in 2012. 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 bookkeeper, a car detailer, and a life drawing model. Tarsh is currently a candidate for a PhD (Biological Arts) at SymbioticA UWA where her research is concerned with the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.


  • 2009–present
    Lecturer & Tutor, University of Western Australia
  • 2012–present
    PhD candidate, University of Western Australia
  • 2015–present
    Tutor, Curtin University


  • 2012 
    The University of Western Australia, MSc (Biological Arts)
  • 2000 
    Murdoch University, BSc (Hons)


  • 2017
    Queer Affordances: the human as trans*ecology, Angelaki
  • 2015
    Threats of Life: a review of post biopolitical art, Anthropology Now
  • 2015
    We have never been Homo sapiens: CandidaHomo naturecultures, Platform: Journal of Media and Communication
  • 2015
    Cutting together-apart the mould, Antennae
  • 2014
    Performance, bioscience, care: Exploring interspecies alterity, International Journal of Performance and Digital Media
  • 2013
    Necessary expendability: an exploration of nonhuman death in public, Animal Death