On being a microbioartist: making art in a microbiology laboratory

Conference by Bates, Tarsh

Nonhuman Agents takes into account recent philosophical approaches which question anthropocentrism. These discourses emphasize the nonhuman perspectives through object-oriented ontology (Harman and Meillasoux); discuss nonhuman / human encounters (Haraway); postulate a posthumanism (Braidotti); and examine various posthuman
performative strategies such as intra-acting (Barad). A new ‘de-centring’ lets us draw our attention to a reality that can no longer be described in purely anthropocentric parameters. As a theoretical addition to our ongoing series Nonhuman Agents (June – December 2017) Art Laboratory Berlin – along with our partners, The Institute for Arts and Media, University of Potsdam – will bring together international artists, scholars, and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches to nonhuman agency. Previous positions from our Nonhuman Subjectivities series (2016-17) will also be included.

Title of Journal / Edit Volume, incl. names of editors:
Presentation at Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory Conference

Bates, Tarsh

Research Area:
Toxic Embodiment, Multispecies stories


Academic, Citizen Humanities


Financed by Seed Box
through Postdoctoral research grant at SymbioticA