Sunday, July 05, 2020

Mind the Fungi | Art & Design Residencies

Theresa Schubert
| Fara Peluso

3 July - 28 December 2020
Opening: 2 July 2020, 6PM via Facebook Live

Curated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz

FUTURIUM | Futurium Lab, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Thu 10 am – 8 pm, Tue closed, Free entrance

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 Molecular Microbiology and Prof. Peter Neubauer’s department Bioprocess Engineering.

Theresa Schubert, Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy,2020

Theresa Schubert, Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy,2020         

Theresa Schubert, Sound for Fungi. Homage to Indeterminacy,2020
Theresa Schubert, Sketches and object from the project Box Experiment, 2020

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.

Fara Peluso, Zweisamkeit (foreground), Niche (background), 2020

Fara Peluso, Niche, 2020


Fara Peluso, The Poetry of Landscape, drawings; Biomaterial made from mycelium and diatomit, 2020

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.


New findings and objects fromLaboratorien of the Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin: Prototype of a bike helmet made form tree mushroom mycelium by Bastian Schubert (Applied and Molecular Microbiology)

New findings and objects fromLaboratorien of the Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin: Samples of symbiotic organisms from lichens (Bioprocess Engineering)

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).


Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz, curators


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