ISSUE 58 — SUMMER 2022

Twenty years ago, when the field of human-animal studies began to emerge, the mycological turn in the humanities was inconceivable. And yet, through a determinate will to challenge ourselves and fine-tune, not reject, the synergy of empathy and imagination, artists, researchers, and scholars have brought us so much closer to the non-human, making available to us more vivid, accessible, and world-enriching tools than ever before. Mycorrhizal networks are the perfect metaphorical incarnation of the webs of knowledge that the different strands of academic research are generating today—open-ended and poietic support networks that gather and convey information across multiple individuals, shared communities, stratified and often invisible underground agents.

This issue of Antennae features the work of many scholars, researchers, and artists who have accomplished just that by harnessing the world-forming power of empathy and imagination in order to make visible what has for too long been made invisible. Over time, they have devised new and much needed thinking-structures that reconnect us with the ecosystems and ecologies we share with other earthlings.

Dr. Giovanni Aloi
Editor in Chief

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in this issue

Rachel Armstrong

Suzette Bousema
Eli Brown
Vitor/Yama Chiodi 

John Dao-Tran 

Darcie DeAngelo

doxiadis+ 

Madge Evers

Annike Flo

Michael J. Hathaway  Allison Kotzig

Laurel V. McLaughlin

Elspeth Mitchell 

Marion Neumann 

Dao Nguyen
Regine Rapp 

Marjolaine Ryley 
Merlin Sheldrake 

Galina Shevchenko 

Remi Siciliano 

Mendel Skulski 

Kuai Shen

Fereshteh Toosi

Lenka Vráblíková 
Helena Wee 

 

How to live and die

 

text and images: Dao Nguyen

This portfolio consists of a

selection of images from a research-based practice that straddles science, art, and philosophy, and wonders how we live with others. These images exist somewhere between portraiture and documentation.

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Toward
a radical mycology

 

main text: Peter McCoy

interviewer: Marion Neumann

Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi by Peter McCoy explores the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles

of micro and macro fungi,
skills for accurately identifying mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as indicators of environmental health.

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Cocreat:e:ures

Annike Flo investigated what happens when we, as artists, shift our perception of other beings towards collaboration partner, and oddkin instead of stranger, prop or material to manipulate.

 

text: Annike Flo

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Your_wildlife communities, yeast worlds

 

text: Darcie DeAngelo
images: Darcie DeAngelo and John Dao-Tran

Darcie DeAngelo follows the lab and its community images of sourdough starters and their boules. Members compare human participants with their sourdough starter companions. Wild yeast cultures are shared among participants as well as photos of their new companions.

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Mycorrhizae project

 

text and images : Allison Kotzig
 

Mycorrhizae Project, a large scale,

international collaboration is planned using a digital ritual space as a way to connect disparate emanations across a “forest” or mycorrhizal network of artists, each providing sustenance to the whole.

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Entangled kingdoms

 

in conversation: Giovanni Aloi and doxiadis+

Entangled Kingdoms by Greek

Architectural and Landscape practice doxiadis+, highlights
the importance of the symbiosis between species as a sine qua non condition for the survival and future prosperity of our planet.

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"Despite the most daring and sophisticated means of containment that architects and engineers put in place – the landscape is alive."

Nina Bassoli, p 58

"Most efforts to understand how moss interacts with building surfaces have come from the desire to remove it."

Alison Haynes, p 175

"A full century before the coining of the word ‘Anthropocene’, humans were recognised as geographical agents of the first order."

Irénée Scalbert, p 124

"There is a gap between the reality of working directly with plants, unknowable as they are, and that of working with drawings and other documentation required for the delivery of public space."

Dermot Foley, p 76

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Metabolic rhythms of fungus-farming

 

text and images: Kuai Shen

The fungus farming of leaf-cutter

ants can be amplified by means of creative uses of technologies. These ants produce acoustic vibratory messages and enact fermentation processes by cutting, licking, and secreting chemical substances on leaves.

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Museum of queer ecologies

 

text and images: Eli Brown
 

Eli Brown discusses aspects of

transgender life in relationship to mycelial life: asking if trans people are the first human-born multi- species organisms, and imagining a techno-sexual future where humans have learned to procreate with fungi.

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Out of Office

 

text and images: Elspeth Mitchell and

Lenka Vráblíková

This contribution tests a premise

that encounters with mycorrhiza—a symbiotic association between a fungus and a plant understood as partial, situated, embodied and entangled practice-in-motion— enables critical re-considerations

of individual and collective relationships.

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Financial crisis mycoremediation

in conversation: Giovanni Aloi and

Fereshteh Toosi

images: Fereshteh Toosi

In Financial Crisis Mycoremediation, oyster mushrooms, known to excel in bioremediation, are decomposing some canonic works representing the rise of neoliberalism and the global financial crisis.

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From “Lenin is a Mushroom” to “On the Edge
of Tenderness”

 

text and images: Galina Shevchenko

Chthonic and sacred, meaty
and delicate, forbidden and desirable, seductive and liberating, ambiguous and omnipresent, mushrooms are powerful signifiers that embody the mythological convergence of nature and culture.

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Caucases of inhalation

 

text and images: Laurel V. McLaughlin

Anicka Yi’s exhibition “You Can Call

Me F” (2015) and the installation Immigration Caucus (2017) are ac- cumulations of bodily and more- than-human biological cultures, that, when exposed to the air, immerse audience-actors within mycological “caucuses” for their metabolic, immersive, political, and ethical consumption.

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More-than-human ethics for biodesign

 

text: Rachel Armstrong

Recently, the ability of mycelia to

act like a living glue has provided inspiration for cutting-edge biodesign practices through the production of lightweight, organic mycocomposites. While these new materials are environmentally beneficial, biofabrication introduces ecoabuses into an otherwise regenerative process.

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On mycohuman performances

 

text: Regine Rapp

The work of Saša Spačal, Tarsh Bates and Theresa Schubert
is not representational in the manner of traditional fine

art, but works rather through performative, multidisciplinary and research-based strategies to produce artwork through fungal material as such.

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Growing fungus

 

text and images: Remi Siciliano

Growing Fungus: celebrating multispecies collaboration through image-making navigates an unexpected encounter between artist and fungus. The discovery of fungus growing through old and expired 35mm film transforms into an opportunity for creative collaboration between species.

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The mushroom who saw the future

 

text and images: Marjolaine Ryley

Delving into the story of the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s Marjolaine Ryley explores the meanings of psychedelia, considering how mushrooms have become a symbol for this explosive era.

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Entangled life

 

in conversation: Giovanni Aloi and

Merlin Sheldrake

By examining fungi on their own terms, Merlin Sheldrake, author of the best seller book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures reveals how these extraordinary organisms - and our relationships with them - are changing our understanding of how life works.

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What a mushroom lives for

 

in conversation: Michael J. Hathaway and Mendel Skulski

What a Mushroom Lives For, Michael J. Hathaway’s new book, pushes today’s mushroom renaissance
in compelling new directions. For centuries, Western science has promoted a human- and animal- centric framework of what counts as action, agency, movement, and behavior.

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Mycelia fabulations: stories on fungal tentacularity

 

text and images: Vitor/Yama Chiodi

Vitor/Yama Chiodi’s essay is an experiment in writing and thinking with fungal mycelia. Inspired by their radial world-making, the challenge is storytelling while putting aside linear thinking and conclusions.

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Elemental mushroom remedies

 

text and images: Helena Wee

At the beginning of everything was the cosmic egg of chaos. From it emerged Pangu. For a long time he balanced darkness (yin) and light (yang). After death he became land, sea and sky, and ShanShui came into being. The interactions of yin and yang became the Chinese five elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Super organism

 

text and images: Suzette Bousema

In Super organism, artist Suzette

Bousema makes mycorrhiza super organisms tangible, visible, hearable, and smellable. This project aims to connect us to this hidden netwrok and stimulate emphasis by exploring networks using all our senses and empathy.

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The new herbarium

 

text and images: Madge Evers

Informed by mycology and influenced by the inherent transformation of growing cycles, images in The new herbarium
series interpret the process of herbaria creation. The spore print, a mushroom identification tool, is adopted in form and medium to create works on paper that explore mycorrhiza and photosynthesis.

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"The Roman Empire began its fall not only because of the so-called barbarian invasions, but also because of environmental problems for which the Romans were ultimately co-responsible."

Giacomo Pala, p 150

"For a landscape, often consumed by the monotony of industrial agriculture, fire is charismatic."

Kevin Lair, p 117

"And dandelions are particularly good, because they are one of those flowers that you find growing through concrete."

Monica Gagliano, p 99

"Space cannot be traced back to the creative authorship of the architect, but rather to the marginal, peripheral and molecular multiplicities that are already there."

C. Solstreif-Pirker, p 108

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