MYCOWEAR: Reactive Fungi Wearable
Red Carpet Showroom on Karlsplatz with Question
Me & Answer Artist Collective, July 1st - 31st
Reactive Fungi Wearable
Silk top overgrown with mushrooms & mycelium from the
Phoenix Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius),
metal hanger with shoulder pads,
breadboard sensory system with wires & plugs
Slip on and plug in to sense, connect and communicate with fungi. Spend a day being fungi or getting close, perceiving the world from a fungal point of view.
Fungal networks monitor a large number of data streams as part of their everyday existence. If we plug into the mycelial network - the interconnected roots of a mushroom, a vast microscopic web - and interpret the signals they use to process information, we can not only learn more about them, they’ll also sense us and the environment we move in, as we sense them. Reactive fungi wearables stimulate parallel sensing and process and exchange information between a hosting body linked with the wearable ecological unit growing mushrooms and mycelium. A fungi wearable can not survive long without the host organism or it’s incubator and will loose activity and go dormant after about 24 hours.
Phoenix Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius)
Detail Wearable below left
mycelium (white coating) & dried oyster mushrooms
View from the right side
Fungi on top of it
Overview of the space and show
Link to the theme of the show: IDENTITY
Fungi are the major players in most of life’s processes and provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live and the ways we think, feel and behave. The fungi kingdom is massively diverse and going back 2,4 billion years ago while homo sapiens emerged only around 300.000 years ago. Fungi question our concept of individuality, they are the great connectors
of life. Life is entangled and on a physical, psychological and cultural level we are much more intertwined than
we often realize. Reactive fungi wearables help us to see and sense beyond our self delusion.