#microscopic islands/growing worlds

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I want to grow/manipulate moulds, spores to create images and structures. How?

This guy, Phil Ross has been making sculptures out of fungi for years…really interesting use of a natural material.

Has sparked an previous forgotten idea I had about filling a room with bioluminescent fungi? This was part a proposal I wrote that revolved around the idea of filling the disused tube stations in London with underground jungles and glowing fungi, I thought it’s be cool but they didn’t get back to me. Stuff like this…

 

So: Just had a conversation with a chap at Mushroom Box in Ross on Wye…need to get some hardwood sawdust, pasteurise it with boiling water, add spores and cover with micro filter bag…sounds possible???

http://mushroombox.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7

Have just ordered some P. Stipticus spores…so it begins! Erm, apparently very difficult to get them to reach the full blown mushroom stage but we shall see. I spoke to the mushroom guy about building a shape out of compressed sawdust, this could be possible? A collaboration with fungus is on the cards.

Need to source hardwood sawdust…Tom? Rueben?

Oak sawdust sourced…begun pasteurisation on 13.10.14, need to do this for 24hrs>>can I form it into a mould/use glue of some sort to bind it into a shape?

I have begun the pasteurisation process of the oak sawdust and will upload reference photographs. The liquid produced during this process is a beautiful colour and I love the fact that it is has come directly from an oak tree, the essence of an oak tree, an oak tree distilled. I have been drawing with it and also allowing puddles of it to dry out over several days…the intricate patterns that remain are amazing and quite reminiscent of the veins in leaves…I love the idea that what remains on the paper is an abstract form of an oak tree…it’d be beautiful to pasteurise an entire fallen oak tree in this way and produce a huge huge drawing puddle that is left to dry in the same way…an entire oak tree re imagined on one massive piece of paper. Below are some of the images I have produced during these initial tests…

NB: THIS RESEARCH INTO USING OAK IS GROWING AND HAS SPROUTED IT’S OWN PAGE HERE . SOME OF THE IMAGES BELOW OF INITIAL TESTS WILL ALSO BE DUPLICATED ON THAT PAGE TO PROVIDE A MORE COHESIVE THREAD.

The pasteurised sawdust has now been sealed in the special mushroom bags supplied by the mega dweeb in Herefordshire. For now I am just going to see if I can get the spores to grow rather than build some kind of shape; thinking about it I’d like to figure out a way of spraying the sawdust/spore mix to an already existing surface (like a disused underground platform or, to start with and with a bit more feasibility; the inside of a car/microwave/oven/defunct computer/television/monitor??

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P. stipticus spores mixed with the pasteurised oak sawdust, bag sealed. 23.10.14

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Detail of the above. Note spores visible

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something is happening. 29.10.14. sat in the dark and stared intently (which rapidly became quite a weird experience)…alas no glowing yet

 

oak landscape fragments

oak landscape fragments

oak landscape fragments close up

oak landscape fragments close up

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oak landscape #4

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oak landscape #2c3

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oak landscape #3

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oak landscape #3 detail

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oak landscape #3c2

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oak landscape #2

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oak landscape #2 detail

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oak landscape #1

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oak landscape #1 detail

oak landscape #5 in transistion...will be photographed as it dries

oak landscape #5 in transistion…will be photographed as it dries

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