For the next Artist Talk & Soup series Tarsh Bates asks the audience to consider the human body as an ecology, an ecosystem of microbial life, as a creature that is more-than-human. What might this ecology be like from a microbial perspective?
30 April 2016 @ 19:00 in Schillerpalais
Microbiological artist Tarsh Bates considers the human body to be an ecology, an ecosystem of microbial life, as a creature that is more-than-human. The human microbiome has received a lot of attention in the last ten years, with claims that human cells are outnumbered at least two to one by bacteria, fungi, arachnid, and insect cells, and an explosion of scientific research into the importance of such microorganisms to human evolution and health. This plethora of scientific research has been mirrored by an outbreak of artistic interest in the relationship between human and microbial cultures. This edition of Artist Talk and Soup explores what the human ecology might be like from a microbial perspective through a series of enactments of micro-entanglements.
Photo: Tarsh Bates “Self-portrait with Candida albicans”