Margarita Osipian

Bodies of Change Mushroom Growth

The mushrooms overtaking the body

In the third installment of this series, we catch up with the mushroom growth that has been spreading over the mycelium shroud in the last six weeks.

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Bodies of Change installation by Maurizio Montalti - The Bodies of Change installation after 6 weeks of growth. september - december 2012. In 2012 kun je komen kijken in de kwekerij van Mediamatic: een klein Paddestoelen Paradijs in hartje Amsterdam. Hier leer hoe je paddestoelen kweekt en klaarmaakt, en kun je je aansluiten bij de schimmel zoektochten. Ervaar de psychedelische wereld van paddestoelen door middel van kunst en lezingen. Stel je voor wat het betekent als plastic vervangen kan worden door een afbreekbare schimmel. Op de foto is… Govert de Jong

In our last update we noticed the diverse variety of things that were growing on the mycelium shroud, thriving in the humid and wet environment that we had created. The green grass has since died, creating the simultaneous atmosphere of decay and growth that we had been hoping for. Although the grass didn't live long, our fungal species are thriving in their environment.

We watched in anticipation as the green mold spores that were dotting the body, and which are notoriously known for killing mushrooms, stopped spreading and made some space for the mushrooms to grow.

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Bodies of Change installation - Mushrooms growing on the mycelium shroud. Part of the Bodies of Change installation in the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Govert de Jong

The mushrooms are still quite small, but are growing in clusters scattered on the shroud. In the next stage of this process we hope to lower the temperature in the hopes that the fruiting bodies will grow larger.

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Close up of mushrooms - Mushrooms growing on the mycelium shroud. Part of the Bodies of Change installation in the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Govert de Jong

We set up a tiny time-lapse camera on the ceiling on top of the installation so that we could watch as the mushrooms grey on the shrouded body. The result is below, tracking 40 days of growth on the mycelium shroud.
Bodies of Change Time-lapse

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