27 October, 2018. The first public event of 'Mind the Fungi', a two-year collaborative project between the Technische Universität Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin exploring the potential of sustainable biomaterials from fungi. Artist Theresa Schubert led the event offering diverse perspectives on the forest and its cultural meaning including a performance. Then, together with biotechnologists from the Institute for Biotechnology | TU Berlin she guided us through forests of the Briesetal, Brandenburg in search of tree mushrooms and lichens. Then on 29 October Bertram Schmidt and Carsten Pohl of the Dept of Applied and Molecular Microbiology, showed participants how to preserve the samples for further study. Participants inoculated Petri dishes with samples for cultivation. Samples taken will form part of a two-year research project combining cutting edge biological research, citizen science and artistic research.
|Theresa Schubert addressing participants, Briesetal, Brandenburg|
|'Zunderschwamm' (Fomes fomentarius) |
|Collecting samples, Briesetal, Brandenburg|
|At the laboratory of the TU Berlin Dept of Applied and Molecular Microbiology, near Humboldthain|
|Carsten Pohl and Bertram Schmidt|
|Looking at Petri dishes previously inoculated with mycelium|
|Looking at sample biomaterials from mycelium produced by the company Ecovative|
|Looking at sample biomaterials from mycelium, produced by the company Ecovative|
|Organising the samples|
|Preparing the samples for inoculation onto Petri dishes|
Mind the Fungi is a research project of Art Laboratory Berlin and Prof. Vera Meyer and Prof. Peter Neubauer of the Institute for Biotechnology, Technische Universität Berlin.
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