mycelium netwok society
FR, 24.02.2017   11:00 Uhr

The Ecologies excursion features new artistic research into messy disperse ecologies, which characterize planetary life as it is re-constructed in flows of data, capital, and natural resources. Understanding how planetary systems work requires multidimensional thinking, and so, collaborative and interdisciplinary frameworks will emerge throughout the excursion. By embracing the topic from a geopolitical perspective, the problematics of scale are brought into the foreground, and ways for connecting the micro- and macro-political in DIY artistic practices as well as interdisciplinary research projects will be proposed. The program also deals with the resource heavy realities of technology and its impact on the earth from a geological “deep time” perspective, and looks at new approaches to the earth's own media such as mushrooms and rocks.

Two artistic research initiatives will present themselves on this day: the Mycelium Network Society and Shift Register.

The excursion takes place at silent green Kulturquartier, a former crematorium in Wedding that was converted into a cultural venue. Among other cultural initiatives and artist studios, silent green houses the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art archive, the Harun Farocki Institut, and the research and exhibition space SAVVY Contemporary. silent green’s mission is to transcend boundaries between different disciplines and promote new hybrid art forms between practice, theory, research, and application. The Ecologies excursion takes place in the impressive cupola, which was a former mourning hall—a site of changing material and immaterial ecologies representing cycles of life, death, and rejuvenation.

 

Mycelium Network Society

Mycelium Network Society is an underground network imagination powered by fungus, spores, culture, kitchen, radio, transmission, installations, workshops, and performances. Mycelium Network Society, a brand new network initiative situated in a post-internet mudland, diverts the pursuit of the magic mushroom, from a state of hyper-hallucination to collective fungal consciousness, and investigates the fungi culture, its network capacity to communicate and process information. The mushroom as a commodity, a medium, an element, commands its own domain in human-disturbed forests. Sprouting across the moisture of rich soils, expanding its colonies, sharing informations, networking co-habitants, the mycelium is ordained by Paul Stamets as “the neurological network of nature.” In this post-digital, post-media, post-internet, post-enlightenment phase of current-day investigation into cultural practices, Mycelium Network Society seeks out mycelium to lead us out of the ruins, to construct political tactics, to salvage economic meltdown. Ultimately at nature’s mercy, the artists / cultural producers strive to convene a nature’s network merging our research in technology, biology, and ecology, persisting in constant molecular communication à la mycelium mode.

Mycelium Network Society is a joint network initiative

Stadtwerkstatt, Linz, Austria, http://stwst.at/
Zavod Kersnikova, Ljubljana, Slovania, http://kapelica.org/
cycleX, USA, http://cyclex.info

 

Schedule

11:00–15:00, Workshop

15:00, Doors open – Installations
T-shroom, Mycophone_unison, myco_logick

15:00, myco_logick – Balloon Launch

16:00–17:30, Introduction and Talk

18:00, Earth Observatory Array Activation Ritual

18:30–20:00, Lecture

21:00–21:30, Performance

Participants

Shift Register (with Jamie Allen, Martin Howse), Mycelium Network Society (with Art bureau OPEN & Katrīna Neiburga, Shu Lea Cheang, Anil Podgornik & Saša Spačal & Mirjan Švagelj, Simon GmajnerFranz Xaver & Taro), Art Laboratory Berlin (Christian de Lutz & Regine Rapp), Elvia Wilk, Joanna Zylinska

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