The fungal kingdom refuses to follow form.
An ongoing artistic research endeavor, Hart’s Myco/Access has been presented in artist talks with the Museum of Art and Design and Civic Art Lab (NYC); Was the subject of an artist-in-residence season at Arteles Creative Center (Finland); And has been presented as an alt-text and accessibility workshop in collaboration with moira williams, at Genspace NYC and with NYC public school students. Hart continues to create multimedia visual work, critical writing, performances and participatory programs building upon themes of Myco/Access within the context of contemporary art and disability aesthetics.
Phone-a-Fungi: A Mycological Helpline for Humanity
During a second seasonal residency at Arteles Creative Center (Finland), Hart opened the Phone-a-fungi mycological helpline as a portal of communication between human emotional landscapes, and fungal wisdom. (For now, an abbreviated portfolio of these dialogues can be previewed on Hart’s instagram @littlestnoodle. Post update with full images coming to this site soon)
Past Myco/Art Related Talks and Events:
Mycopocene: Rewriting the Future of Access
Civic Art Lab: Regenerative Futures, hybrid online and at Chinatown Soup, LES NYC, November 2021
Zoey Hart, Artist and Cultural Educator
Hart will present interdisciplinary fieldwork collected during mushrooming season in northern Finland, offering a critical lens into the disability aesthetics of the fungal kingdom.
Myco/Access & Art Party
with zoey hart and moira williams, Genspace NYC, May 2021
Folks, friends and microbial beings of all ages were invited to join artists zoey hart and moira williams in a zoom celebration of mushrooms and interdependence through the lens of disability artistry, science, eco-somatics, and Neurodivergent Alt Text. 2 hour virtual workshop included intro to alt text and image description, myco meditations and somatic movement practice with virtual backgrounds, artist talks with guest artists Jillian Crochet, Alex Salerno, and Ariel Ruvinskyand. Participation Guide, Access Doula, ASL interpretation and zoom closed captioning provided.
with Alex Dolores Salerno, Zoey Hart and Jillian Crochet at MAD (Museum of Art & Design), NYC, May 2021
Join MAD Artist Studios resident Alex Dolores Salerno for a discussion with artists Zoey Hart and Jillian Crochet on the intersection of “the natural world” and disability aesthetics in art and visual culture. From mycelium to algae to coffee beans, natural materials are incorporated into the artists’ practices, which reject the Western and human-centric binary of the natural world versus the built world. This split into separate worlds alienates us from our dependency on the environment and our responsibility to non-human life. Beginning with artist talks and ending in a conversation and Q&A, the discussion will explore disability aesthetics, which speaks to the urgent need to care for our environments, as well as challenges what is referred to as “natural” or “normal” bodies, capacities, and ways of being.