Workshop: Grow Your Own Materials

Learn to grow oyster mushrooms

1 jun 2016

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 it for 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.



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


Why Mushrooms?

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 both new and natural bio-materials. Are you an artist or designer looking to grow your own material? Don't hesitate to join our workshop!

What will you learn?

You will learn how to prepare straw as well as other substrates in order to let the mushrooms grow. You will also learn how to extract spawn from a fully grown mushroom so you can repeat the process at home. While in our self-constructed Bio Clean Lab, you will learn why and how we are working in order to provide the ideal conditions for the mycelium and mushrooms to develop.


Clean Lab manager Ramon - Ramon lays out the spent beer grains into a shaped panel ready to experiment with creating mycelium-based insulation. Hugo Freijanes

Met: Ramon Bril

What will you do?

The workshop is instructed by Ramon Bril and takes place at Mediamatic Biotoop. First we will pasteurize the substrate in order to prevent moulds and contaminant bacteria growing between our mushrooms. In the cleanroom we will inoculate the substrate with mushroom spawn. Meanwhile, Ramon will tell you everything about mushroom cultivation and its endless possibilities. At the end of the workshop you will be able take home your own growing bag. The mycelial network needs some time to colonize the substrate, after which you will have your very own cultivated oyster mushrooms.


Workshop: Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms
Wednesday June 1, 19:00 - 21:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €35,-

We give discounts for students, artists and people working in the cultural field. The discount price is €25,00. We might contact you about your student card or other proof to show the discount applies to you.

Please note that this workshop is in English and we need a minimum of 6 participants.