Willamette Cove, April 2014

Walking through WC – the crown jewel of the LWG – with Sara Huston and John Paaninen of tlaag.

Stay tuned for summer workshops and outings.

 

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mesocosm (times square)

work in progress:

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my first cast mushroom material, from a plastic cruise ship candy mold

Using Ecovative‘s GIY kit at school…

A toy boat… cannot float, as the mycelium didn’t grow solid enough into the substrate. Not only did it hold as a form, but the two halves grew somewhat together, many days after I unmolded the cast.

 

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Spider perception

I teach a 7 week class called Interspecies -

David Tracy’s made a deceptively simple array of spider eyes, and has been wearing them enough to be accustomed to seeing behind himself. Umwelt is a tough thing- some compromises as you reach for empathy or understanding.

He says this is his “proof of concept for a project called An Amateur’s Design Guide to Animal Perception.” His post here.

Exciting.

 

Wounding the Landscape

Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre | Art and design | theguardian.com.

 

 

I find the decision to wound the land itself a disturbing response to a massacre by a human. Reminds me of burning animals at the stake as proxies. I’d suggest renaming it: Wounding the Landscape

fabricating with fungus

We’re just finishing a 7 week course at ITP called The Fungus Among Us. It’s an independent project/research studio for 16 students looking at fungus for fabrication, food, as metaphor (eco-systems thinking), and touched on spirituality, network theory (slime mold way-finding and the “wood wide web” even though they’ve been ousted from the Kingdom). We have been growing mushrooms for food, for dye, and working with Ecovative‘s GIY (grow it yourself) inoculated substrate in molds. Students are working on lichen, Co2 sinks, electronics interfaces, material fabrication, pattern sonification… Sue Van Hook gave an incredible overview talk about fungi and Ecovative;  Christie Leece talked about her beautiful  Gowanus Canal oyster mushroom remediation project; and Corrie Van Sice came and talked about good lab practices around cultivation and inoculation. Students did case studies with a range of “experts.” It was a good trial run, we all learned a lot, and it’s compelling within the context of this program.

Here’s our grow tent

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I’m working now on some buoy forms, which I hope will end up embedded with radio controlled LEDs for “the project” in PDX:

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And here’s a systems map and catch-all examination of using psilocybin in the health care system for hospice work, therapy, addiction etc, after reading  the NY Times article, How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death —   on psilocybin / coping with dying trials:

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