Designing with Organisms
Art, design and bioculture
We're building an urban farm, experimenting with new forms of energy, and exploring biotechnology and eco-culture through art, community and design.
In the Echo Park neighborhood of L.A. there's a unique non-profit community called Machine Project investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food.
American artist and mycologist Phil Ross will present this Saturday 17 October his newest project: growing a building out of living fungus, a trilogy of documentary videos on microorganisms, and a garden folly classrooom for the Oxbow High school in Napa.
Philip Ross is an inspiring american artist that works with living organisms as means of his artistic work. In a very controlled environment, Ross manipulates, nurtures and transforms a variety of living species into sculpture. Particularly interesting for our blog is his work Pure Culture, a series of sculptural objects from living mushrooms.
Using fungus called Ganoderma lucidum, also known as Reishi or Ling Chi, Ross develop a living-art project that takes him around a year to complete, from finding and growing the mushrooms to the final result.
Living art of Dutch artist Zeger Reyers
In 2007, Stroom Den Haag published a special edition about the dutch artist Zeger Reyers from the eyes of five established writers: Nell Donkers, Roland Groenenboom, Vincent Honoré, Philip Peters, Arno van Roosmalen.
The publication handed up in my hands few weeks ago and it has stimulated me to explore the work of this artist, winner of a prestigious Dutch price called De Ouborg Prijs. As mentioned by Arno van Roosmalen, Zeger Reyers "despite his relatively young age already has built an impressive oeuvre. A work that is diverse in its manifestations and can not be sharply defined, but in his themes and subject matters has a strong correlation."