Excited to be able to get to the first day of this at PICA! Tarsh’s work is intriguing, and beautiful, and I can’t wait to give her a hug too:
‘in vitero is an artistic research project contributing to tarsh’s Master of Science (Biological Art) at SymbioticA, Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia, which examines the evolution of ‘somatic semantics’ or ways of understanding through bodies. The project is an experiment in the aesthetics of care, which investigates the potential that sustained proximity and care can offer in exploring the relationship between the carer and cared-for. Aesthetic experiences of care are explored through prolonged engagement with eight other species of living organisms housed in customised glass vessels. The organisms, commonly used in reproductive biology, include fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), thrush (Candida albicans), thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), red bread mold (Neurospora crassa), soil nematodes (Caenorhabditis elegans), water fleas (Daphnia pulex), slime mold (Physarum polycephalum), hydra (Hydra vulgaris) and tarsh, (Homo sapien sapiens).
in vitero is a durational performance occuring in two locations: a scientific laboratory at UWA and a public studio at PICA. After two and a half months in the laboratory, the project moves into Studio Two at PICA and will be open to the public throughout the residency. The organisms will be installed in the gallery in their customised vessels and tarsh will live in the gallery with them. During this time at PICA tarsh proposes to engage in necessary and often mundane activities required for the care of the organisms and herself. Audiences are invited to participate, to spend time and care for the creatures.’
Those of you who can’t make it really should check out http://invitero.tumblr.com/about.