Cultivate your own magic mushrooms in our Bio Industry farm

18 Dec 2013

Blend into nature, start your own micro bio-industry and cultivate magic mushrooms in our self build mobile Cleanlab. During this workshop, we have grown our own psilocybe cubensis. This mushroom contains the hallucinating substance psilocybin. Discover more about the mysterious world of mycelium and learn how to grow mushrooms.


Psilocybe cubensis on two brown rice flour cakes - Young specimens of P. cubensis Photograph made by Joshua Hutchins, found on Mushroom Palace's website.

The psilocybe cubensis is a mushroom that is relatively easy to grow. During this workshop, we will make a substrate on which we can grow these mushrooms. This substrate will be infected with spores in our Cleanlab. The Cleanlab is a sterile space, that prevents other spores and bacteria to contaminate the substrate. Participants can take the infected substrate home, where it will turn into mycelium and eventually in mushrooms , after 2 or 4 weeks. Participants receive a handout that about what to with the substrate at home.

Mediamatic Bio Industry

This workshop is the first in a series of events that are part of the 'Mediamatic Bio Industry' project. 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.

More information

The workshops will take place at the Mediamatic Fabriek (VOC-Kade, 10, Amsterdam) on Wednesday the 18th of December from 15:00 to 17:30 and on Friday the 20th December from 19:00 to 21:30. The workshops can be given either in Dutch or in English, depending on the participants. Participation costs 50 euro, including your own Magic Mushroom substrate. Tickets can be bought here. For more information please contact Rosalie Peeperkorn.