Matt Gale

As an artist who originally trained as a biologist, I am fascinated by how science is interpreted, communicated and utilised in culture. I have been exploring how we use the natural world and concepts of ‘natural’ as filters to critically examine human activities and during my fellowship at BOM, I will develop a new project that develops this using queer ecology.  Queer ecology recognises that we tend to regard the world in a binary way – natural/unnatural, male/female, alive/not alive, human/not human. In reality, the natural world exists in a continuous state and the categories we create are just a convenient way for us to begin to understand complexity. I will explore ways to challenge generalisations about animal (and by extension, human) behaviour by focussing on the real diversity that exists.