Prema Arasu


Prema Arasu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Minderoo-UWA Deep Sea Research Centre. Prema works alongside a team of scientists, utilising creative and critical methodologies to investigate how the deep sea is constructed and reconstructed in the scientific, literary, and cultural imaginations. This work is necessarily interdisciplinary, involving aspects of animal studies and environmental philosophy to ask questions about the deep sea, its inhabitants, and the people who study it.

Prema’s creative works take a multitude of forms: science fiction short stories, experimental poetry, video installation pieces, and pseudoscientific writing. Their creative process involves working closely with the scientists of the Deep Sea Centre and utilising the centre’s data and specimens in artworks. Prema is currently writing a poetry collection about the deep sea.


Perth Canyon, a 4000m deep-sea canyon west of Wadjemup, imagery from the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre