Image Description: A mycelium lump sculpture [mycobaby2] seen against a stark black background. On the left, a view from above. On the right, mycobaby is presented atop a plastic faux-stone pedestal. Across the top are the words Diagno’sis: a technical description.
The fungal kingdom refuses to follow form.
Within the particularities of Mycology’s glossary definitions and field descriptors, between attempts to translate scientific terminologies and experiential cues, there is a rhizomatic network of interdisciplinary poetry.
Offering multi-sensory descriptions, metaphors and subjective somatic associations, mushroom-words negotiate across boundaries of language to give name and credence towards the non-normative.
Past Myco/Art Related Talks and Events:
zoey hart and moira williams, Genspace, 5/2021
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.
Phone-a-Fungi: A Mycological Helpline for Humanity
During her second 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!
Alex Dolores Salerno with zoey hart and Jillian Crochet , Museum of Art and Design, 5/2021
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.