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Group Exhibition and Research Archive
Curated by The Mushroom and Material Connections
 
Including works and collaborations by The Scottish Fungi Dye Group, Harry Smithson, 
Merle Bergers, Julia Shwarz, BIOHM, Liene Kazaka, Rūta Irbīte, Siôn Parkinson, Suzette Bousema, Planet Fungi, Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova.
 
An immersive multi-disciplinary interrogation of the narrative materiality of mushrooms through contemporary design and craft practices, collaboration, research, and storytelling ~ Mycota engages all the senses with the embodied potential and capacities of the fungal kingdom.
 
After many years of being overlooked or treated with scepticism, fungi are increasingly being touted as miracle organisms - fixing everything from plastic pollution to immune deficiency. But before we get ahead of ourselves, they deserve to be met simply as what they are. Complex and ancient organisms found inside seeds and cells; that can stretch across states and forests. Smelly, tasty, pigmented, poisonous, medicinal, psychoactive, fleshy, hard, dusty, gloopy... mushrooms and fungi are worth getting to know.
 
Mycota investigates the Fungal Kingdom using research, literature, ritual, experimentation, sensory entanglement, craft, and practical biology. The exhibition brings collaborators working across contemporary design and craft practices into conversation with a research archive and with each other to explore the embodied material potentiality of fungi. From food to fabric, the exhibition will provide an immersive environment for visitors to engage with mushrooms in their various physical forms - mycelium, fruiting body, biochemical compounds, and spores.
 
Part of London Design Festival 2021 and supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Fund, Mycology Press, and MycoNutri.

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Myco Colour ~ Liene Kazaka ~ Photo credit: Latifa Powell 

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Photo credit: Latifa Powell 

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Giant Reishi ~ photo credit: Latifa Powell & Live Reishi ~ Photo credit: Abbie Adams 

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BIOHM ~ Photo credit: Latifa Powell 

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Super Organisms ~ Photo credit: Marta Fernandez 

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Photo credit: Abbie Adams 

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Fungi Dyes ~ The Scottish Fungi Dye Group & Unseen Edibles ~ Julia Shwartz ~ Photo credit: Abbie Adams 

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Mycota graphics ~ Photo credit: Latifa Powell 

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Photo Credit: Marta Fernandez

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Mycota graphics ~ Photo credit: Latifa Powell 

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Graphic design: Mai-Li Knowles-Lee and Latifa Powell, Title font: TINY by Jack Halten Fahnestock, Velvetyne Type Foundry