MYCOWEAR: Reactive Fungi Wearable

 

 

Red Carpet Showroom on Karlsplatz with Question

Me & Answer Artist Collective, July 1st - 31st

 

Phoenix Oyster Mushroom with spores,

from the fungi culture that I 

grew in my studio in 2021

 

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

 

 

There were no possibilities to water the fungi

in the exhibition space, so I let them dry

for the presentation. Also a good way

to preserve the piece.

 

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2021


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. 

 

Inspired by the research of Andrew Adamatzky, Professor in Unconventional Computing


     Phoenix Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

 

  

Detail Wearable below left

mycelium (white coating) & dried oyster mushrooms 

 

Maaijke Middelbeek, Reactive Fungi Wearable, Parallel sensing with fungi, mushroom mycelium fabric, Question Me & Answer

 

View from the right side


Fungi on top of it

 

 

My Phoenix Oyster Mushroom Culture

with newborns

Maaijke Middelbeek, Question Me & Answer

 

Overview of the space and show

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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.