We start with sterilising the straw. By cooking the straw in a pressure cooker you instantly get rid off the existing mold and fungus spores that are often naturally present in the straw. We cook the straw for half an hour and then we let it cool down till it's approximately 25 degrees celsius. Then we start with the grafting process by mixing in the spores with our hand. After that we grab a filter bag, put the mixture in and seal the bag. When you come home, make sure to put the bag in a dark and warm place (28 degrees celsius) and wait a couple of weeks until the straw is fully colonised by the mycelium. Instructions on how to proceed once you get home will be given at the workshop.
Mediamatic Bio Industry
This event is the first in a series of events that are part of the project ‘Mediamatic Bio Industry’. For this project Mediamatic has launched a broad techno-cultural lab to explore the possibilities of fungal and other bio-based materials for design, science and art. Scientist, artists, designers, architects, and the public, will together investigate how to make use of the promising characteristics of mycelium – the plastic of the 21st century.
Information and cost
The workshop takes place at the Mediamatic Fabriek (VOC-kade 10, Amsterdam) on the 11th of december from 19:00 to 21.30. The workshop will be given in English. Participation costs € 25 and you can use this page to buy a ticket. For questions, please contact Rosalie Peeperkorn. Read our conditions for workshops here.
Mediamatic Bio Industry is made possible by the DOEN foundation en the Mondriaan Fund.