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Mind the Fungi

Art & Design Residencies

Theresa Schubert | Fara Peluso

Exhibition view: Mind the Fungi: Art & Design Residencies, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Theresa Schubert: Mycelium from fire sponge Phellinus robustus, 25 days after inoculation with sound, 2019

Theresa Schubert: Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy, Futurium, 2020, Photo: Tim Deussen

Exhibition view: Mind the Fungi: Art & Design Residencies, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso: Niche, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Exhibition view: Mind the Fungi: Art & Design Residencies, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso, new biomaterial, Material Driven Design workshop, 2020

The Artist- and Design-Residencies of Mind the Fungi with artist Theresa Schubert and artist designer Fara Peluso bring in art and design as constructive sources of ideas for this research project. Schubert studied the effects of sound on fungal growth. Peluso has done research on new biomaterials on the symbiotic basis of algae and fungi. The artistic and design related works are a result of a close collaboration with both departments of TU Berlin’s Institute of Biotechnology – Prof. Vera Meyer’s department of Applied and Molecular Microbiology and Prof. Peter Neubauer’s department Bioprocess Engineering.


For artist Theresa Schubert fungi are perfect network metaphors, not only due to their aesthetics but also as a philosophy of relations, process and space. For her Box Experiment she built soundproofed boxes with speakers and selected fungi mycelia stemming from the public Walk & Talks. For several weeks she exposed fungi to specific sound frequencies. Schubert was excited to see this had an effect on mycelial growth and metabolism. From this she developed the interactive video installation Sound for fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy that stimulates virtual fungi hyphae and via a hand tracking sensor letting visitors take on the role of a sound, modulating the hyphae growth and movement.

Theresa Schubert, Sketches and object from the project Box Experiment, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Theresa Schubert, Sketches and object from the project Box Experiment, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Theresa Schubert, Sketches and object from the project Box Experiment, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Theresa Schubert, Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Theresa Schubert, Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Artist designer Fara Peluso works in Material Driven Design and Bioart and connects human beings with nature, organisms and biological processes. Niche is a hybrid installation and living sculpture, which explores co-existence between fungi and algae microorganisms. Taking inspiration from symbiotic relationship between these organisms in lichens, Peluso combines nature, biotechnology and art. The sculpture Zweisamkeit combines an oak wood topography and several layers of biomaterial representing form in metamorphosis. It reflects on human development of the landscape, focusing on how we have defined and shaped our natural surroundings, but are in turn shaped by biological forces in the environment.

Fara Peluso, Niche, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso, Zweisamkeit, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso, The Poetry of Landscape, drawings, biomaterial made from mycelium and diatomit, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso, Niche, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

Fara Peluso, Niche, Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

In addition to the work of Schubert and Peluso, the exhibition also presents new results from the laboratories of the Institute of Biotechnology at TU Berlin, for example, a prototype of a bicycle helmet made of tree mushroom mycelium by Bastian Schubert (Dep. Applied and Molecular Microbiology) or examples of symbiotic organisms in lichens (Dep. Bioprocess Engineering).

New findings and objects from the laboratories of the Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin (Applied and Molecular Microbiology; Bioprocess Engineering), Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

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New objects from the laboratories of the Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin: Prototype of a bike helmet made form tree mushroom mycelium by Bastian Schubert (Applied and Molecular Microbiology), Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen

New findings and objects from the laboratories of the Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin: Samples of symbiotic organisms from lichens (Bioprocess Engineering), Futurium, 2020, photo: Tim Deussen



MIND THE FUNGI, video, 5 min., 2019, produced for FUTURIUM, Berlin, production: Tim Deussen, www.tim-deussen.de, concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, ALB

Venue

FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab
Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin

DATES | opening hours

3 July – 28 December 2020
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am – 6 pm,
Thu 10 am – 8 pm, Tue closed
Free entrance

Curators

Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Photo documentation

Tim Deussen

Cooperation partners

Technische Universität Berlin
Department of Applied and Molecular Microbiology
Department of Bioprocess Engineering
TOP Lab

Supported by

Mind the Fungi

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