Workshop: Grow Your Own Materials

Learn to grow oyster mushrooms

21 Oct 2015

It is said that the mushroom, and especially Mycelium has the potential to replace all sorts of (harmful) materials like plastics and batteries. Here at Mediamatic we are interested in the cultural and artistic implications of this 'new' bio-material and invite you to start exploring yourself. During this introduction course you will learn how to cultivate the Oyster Mushroom at home and by doing so gain a better understanding of the potential of this organism.

Curious? Check our this video by Phil Ross.


Straw ready to be inoculated with mycelium - Working in the cleanroom during the Grow Your Own Oyster Mushroom Workshop. Xiang Yu Yeung

Besides the fact they are delicious and nutritious, there is much more to discover about mushrooms and fungi. Here at Mediamatic we explore the use of fungi as a source of new natural bio-materials. If you are an artist or designer looking into growing your own material, don't hesitate and join our workshop!

What will you learn?

You will learn how to prepare straw but also about other substrates in order to let the mushrooms grow. You will learn how to extract spawn from a fully grown mushroom so you can repeat the process at home. You will learn why and how we are working in our self constructed cleanroom. And you will learn about the ideal conditions for the mycelium and mushrooms to develop.


Workshop on Grow your own material. - Maurizio Montalti is preparing the substrate to grow materials on during the workshop.

What will you do?

The workshop is instructed by Maurizio Montalti and takes place at Mediamatic Biotoop. First we will pasteurize the substrate in order to prevent moulds and contaminant bacteria growing between our mushrooms. Then, in the cleanroom, we will inoculate the substrate with mushroom spawn. Meanwhile Maurizio will tell you everything about mushroom cultivation and its endless possibilities. Finally you take home your own growing bag. The mycelial network needs some time to colonize the substrate, after which it will start growing its fruits, your very own cultivated mushrooms.


Workshop on How to Grow your own material - The class, in the clean room, is preparing the bags with the substrate to cultivate their on materials.

Workshop: Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms
Wednesday October 21. 19:00 - 21:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €25, 00.
Please note that this workshop is in English.

If you have questions, or you want to book a private session for a group you can send a mail to