Featuring Australian and international artists, HyperPrometheus re-contextualises Frankenstein for the new millennium within the realms of contemporary and biological arts. Monsters and monstrous creatures abound, in works that test our understanding of what it is to be human, living, natural, functional, valid or valued.
On Saturday 20 October, you can hear directly from two HyperPrometheus artists, Nina Sellars and Tarsh Bates, in an intimate artist talk.
Nina Sellars is a visual artist who works across the disciplines of art, science, and the humanities. Her art practice critically engages with the discipline of anatomy. Sellars has exhibited nationally and internationally, including most recently in – Human+: The Future of Our Species, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2018), and New Romance: art and the posthuman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2016). In 2017 she was an invited speaker at the #postARTandSCIENCE symposium, Wellcome Collection, London, and the Virtual Futures Salon, Victoria & Albert museum, London. In addition, Sellars undertook an artist’s residency at SymbioticA, biological arts laboratory, The University of Western Australia – to research and develop adipose (aka fat) tissue culture techniques for her arts project – Fat Culture (2017) – assisted by funding from the Australia Council. Within HyperPrometheus: The Legacy of Frankenstein, Sellars’ artwork Sentinels (2018) presents an outcome of this research.
Tarsh Bates completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Murdoch University in 2000 and studied contemporary art at Edith Cowan University between 2003 and 2005. She has also completed a PhD at SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, where her research was concerned with the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology. Bates is currently undergoing post-doctoral research at SymbioticA. She is particularly enamoured with Candida albicans.