The MyCoBiont project involves a series of workshops where participants learn about the lifecycle of fungi and the basics of their nutrition and reproduction. Throughout the series participants, together with skilled tutors, explore suitable substrates for mycelial growth and learn about the preparation and sterilization of vessels and microbial cultures suitable for fungi cultivation. They also co-create a mini cultivation chamber providing suitable conditions for mycelium growth, and craft their own moulds for mycelial plates. Mycelium is further explored as a commonly-used material for food, packaging and building material, and more.
The project’s goal is to provoke a reflective discussion about the more-than-human entanglements surrounding the life of fungi and the potential of fungi as a climate-friendly biomaterial; imagining the possibilities of growing fungi as a way to address environmental challenges. Under the mentorship of different invited artists, participants will delve deep into the possible uses of fungi as an organism that may well represent a revolution in the field of new materials.
The workshop series is conducted under the mentorship of various creative practitioners and mentors working with fungi:
The first pilot part of the series is led by Rok Zalar and Bojana Rudovič Žvanut from Kersnikova’s partner organisation Gobnjak, an initiative for urban mushrooming, with which Kersnikova continues to research and develop the potential of mycelium and fungi.
In the second part led by artist Martin Howse, participants will explore mycelium within the context of research and communication via radio signals.
With artist Saša Spačal, they will endeavour to think like mycelium and, finally, with artist Mary Magic, they will explore mycelium as a medium for detoxifying the environment.
The MyCoBiont project is carried out at the Kersnikova Institute laboratories in Ljubljana, and partly performed as fieldwork.