Rosalie Bak

Mushrooms are taking over the Dutch media

“Scientists, designers and dreamers are working on a revolution”.

For the last couple of months Motherboard, the technological arm of Vice have been on board to interview designers, scientists and mycelium experts about their work with fungi. The result is Schimmels. An inspiring mini documentary showcasing the work of Maurizio Montalti, Eric Klarenbeek and the Myco Design Lab, among others. Curious to learn what Mediamatic is currently doing with mycelium? Check out the interview with Willem Velthoven and Aniela Hoitink which was featured on At5 earlier this week.

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Schimmels, het plastic van de toekomst - Screenshot of Schimmels a mini documentary by Motherboard, Vice about the potential of Mycelium. Interviews with: Maurizio Montalti, Willem Velthoven, Eric Klarenbeek. Vice

Go here to see the video Schimmels, het plastic van de toekomst. (English subtitles available). And go here to see the interview Bouwmaterialen en kledingstukken straks van schimmel

Growing insulation.

Mediamatic’s Black Barn has a beautiful wooden construction, but is currently not protected from the cold winter weather. Therefore we are setting up a process to insulate the roof with Mycelium insulation panels. Both the production and insulation process will be open for the public. To see when we begin this process, keep an eye out on our calendar.

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Black Barn - The dilapidated is in need of tender loving care.

Myco Design Lab

Officina Copuscoli, University of Utrecht and Mediamatic are currently collaborating in a 2 year program, where we invite other artists to investigate the potential of mycelium for the development of new bio-materials. You can follow the participants of this Myco Design Lab, Aniela Hoitink, Kristel Cojak, Caroline de Roy, Marieke Broertjes and Rosalie Bak, here. This project is supported by NWO.

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Werken in het Bio Clean Lab - Kasia from University of Utrecht gives instructions Kasia van de University van Utrecht geeft tekst en uitleg tijdens de Mycelium workshop. Deze workshop werd gegeven aan de deelnemers van het MycoDesign Lab. The Lamina Flow air hood allows for a sterile work environment. This makes up half of the Clean Lab space. Kasia van Universiteit Utrecht geeft instructies aan een groep toekomstige Bio Clean Laboranten. De Laminar Flow, de cabine waar Kasia op deze foto haar arm in steekt, zorgt voor een…

Workshops

We feel that everyone should experience the potential of fungus. Therefore we offer beginner and advanced mushroom cultivation workshops, for artists, designers, farmers and anyone else who is interested in growing their own culture. Are you eager to learn how to grow oyster mushrooms, or want to gain a better understanding of working in a lab? Sign up here.

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Oyster mushroom - Oyster mushroom grown on coffee waste. Oyster mushroom grown on cardboard Antoni Gandia (AD)