At Mediamatic in Amsterdam, I worked with two processes simultaneously: brewing and growing mycelium which cultivated into an exhibition come factory showing the process of brewing beer and using the waste grain as the substrate to grow mycelium. Photographed by ANISA XHOMAQI
The first of many experiments with combining high definition printed structures with growing biologicical materials. Digital file by Andreas Bastian.
As well as researching the potential of growing material using mycelium, the often hidden roots of all fungal organisms most commonly called mushrooms, I have also been growing my own oyster mushrooms.
Breakfast as been super tasty recently!
Photography by ANISA XHOMAQI
Far from being a scientist, naturally the experiment to grow a clean mycelium culture failed, but instead we had some happy accidents. These pictures show the beautifully intricate mould formations in some petri dishes, on cardboard experiments and on plastic experiments.
Mycelium, a network of hyphae from the vegetative part of mushrooms, has the potential to replace plastic. I am experimenting with this potential. I am at early explorative stages of working with this biological material, and very excited to see what happens.
The aim of the Co-lab workshop was to combine the skills of designers and scientists to enhance interdisciplinary with a common interest in biological materials. Here is a collection of images showing what we got up to, making pigment from bacteria.
Every living organism has a circadian rhythm. This is an internal body clock that governs sleep patterns, hormone release, physical activity and cognitive patterns so it is very important for our well beings to be living on correct circadian rhythm. For example, in the morning our bodies prepare ourselves for the day by stopping the release of melatonin (the hormone that supports sleep) so that we know it is time to wake up, at the end of the day hour bodies start secreting melatonin again so we know we are ready to sleep. Some people are night people, some are morning so we all have varying body clocks. This is an ongoing project to help people understand their own circadian rhythms so they can live a healthy live.
First hands on project at the the RCA. Make one stool, with one tool and one material, no nails, no glue. Rules can be bent if its worth it. The tool was chosen before knowing what the brief was. The tool was Juicy Salif, by Philippe Starck... Challenge.
This stool is a statement piece, just like the tool. It is made from more than 60 lemon halves, after being juiced, and 100% pork gelatine. You can sit on it... momentarily.