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This is the latest final draft for my Parson's Hybrid Worlds class, focused on developing a DIY fungi zine.

This is the latest final draft for my Parson's Hybrid Worlds class, focused on developing a DIY fungi zine.

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  • 1. Mycotechnology the fungal frontier chris crews PhD student | Political Theory New School for Social Research
  • 2. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 2 Abstract This project seeks to introduce mycotechnology to a larger audience through a fusion of art, theory and application. The basic outline for this proposal involves growing, documenting and illustrating—in the form of a DIY zine—the basic process and steps of mushrooms cultivation and production in the home. By fusing photos, illustrations, philosophic reflections and step- by-step instructions, an easy to use guide for anyone interested in trying this at home can be produced and freely distributed.
  • 3. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 3 Concept Show how urban ecology using mushrooms (mycotechnology) can help to divert waste materials from trash and recycling. Demonstrate a simple growing process that anyone can reproduce. Explore the multiple interfaces of mushrooms into our daily lives: art, science, medicine, food, ecology, spirituality. Produce a visually engaging medium to learn about mushrooms.
  • 4. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 4 Social Context We eat mushrooms, use them for medicine, experiment with them in labs, ingest them for ritual and spiritual purposes, and honor them in word and image. Fungi also inspire a wide range of art pieces, educational projects and do-it-yourself (DIY) experimentation. Stunt Kid – Mushrooms & maggots Ecological Education Examples of DIY Zines
  • 5. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 5 Applied Mycotechnology Mycotechnology is an emerging field which focuses on ecological restoration, often tied in with the ideas of permaculture. Some mycotechnology examples include: Mycorestoration: Using mushrooms to rebuild depleted soils, break down industrial toxins and support natural ecosystems. Mycoforestry: Using mushrooms to rebuild forest soils, stop erosion and soil slippage, and establish symbiotic soil networks. Mycoremediation: Using mushrooms to rebuild soil mass, nutrient networks and re-establish an optimal soil structure.
  • 6. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 6 Mushrooms – As Easy as ABC It doesn't matter if it is an old laundry basket, a mini greenhouse or just a plate on the kitchen counter, growing mushrooms indoors is fun, easy and even helps the environment.
  • 7. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 7 From Waste to Art This project involved three main stages: 1) Substrate and Materials Setup ➢ Collecting cardboard/paper, coffee grounds and burlap ➢ Ordering mushroom spawn and lab supplies Paper waste Used coffee grounds Recycled cardboard
  • 8. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 8 Fungi Inspiration 2) Growing and Design Process ➢ Sketches for sculpture and timeline for spawning/fruiting ➢ Mushroom spawning in various stages Experimental sketches Early yellow oyster growth Harvesting and documenting
  • 9. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 9 The Rebirth of Waste 3) Fruiting and Hybridization ➢ Initiating mushroom pinning and fruiting ➢ Merging living mushrooms and created art together + = DIY fungi zine
  • 10. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 10 Conclusion Mushrooms are a fascinating species, in part, because of how little we understand about them in relation to their proliferation around the world. Whether in art or food, medicine or ritual, forest decomposition or toxic waste recovery, mushrooms find a way to thrive and multiply in almost any environment. The many benefits which mycotechnology can provide, as well as the many new uses still being developed and studied, suggests that mushrooms have great potential for education. In order to fully appreciate the power of the Fungi Kingdom, we need an easy way to engage with, and learn about them. My DIY Fungi aims to provide a fun and easy way to do just that.
  • 11. Hyb Worlds: Nano.Bio + Art rid 11 References Deacon, Jim. Fungal Biology. Oxford: Blackwell. 2006. Lincoff, Gary H. Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1981. Mycotechnology. <http://www.fungi.com/mycotech/index.html>. Stamets, Paul and J.S. Chilton. A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home. Olympia: Agarikon Press. 1983. Stamets, Paul. Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. 2000. Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. 2005. Shroomery. Mushroom Growers Forum. 3.25.2010. <http://www.shroomery.org/4/Grow-Mushrooms>.