Grow your own Fungi

Urban Special

Basic mushroom and biomaterials introduction

Dit programma is in het Engels

It is said that the mushroom, and especially Mycelium has the potential to replace all sorts of (harmful) materials like plastics and batteries. At Mediamatic they are interested in the cultural and artistic applications of this 'new' bio-material and invite you to start exploring it for yourself. In 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 as the replacement for plastic. Come and learn more about fungal futures and discover possibilities for a Creative, Sustainable and Healthy city during this workshop.

Mycelium as a source for bio-based materials
Mycelium is the white fungal network of filaments that you will find underneath our soil. In the woods these strains or ‘mushroom roots’ are responsible for the transfer of nutrients, detoxification and the degradation of dead plants and treas. It is precisely this feature that makes mycelium a powerful agent in the production of new bio-based materials.

Current developments have pushed mycelium in the fields of fashion, furniture, architecture and fine-arts, stating that it can be seen as ‘the plastic of the future’. Go here to read more about mycelium as an alternative for leather, and a dress made from fungi.

Bio Clean Lab
Both cultivation and the introduction will take place in the Bio Clean Lab; our laboratory which is fully equipped for working with micro-organisms. This Clean Lab is not only available for individual artists and artist in residency programs but it is also the homebase for our Myco Insulation Brewery. A permanent exhibition and production line where we produce beer and grow mycelium insulation panels on the spent grains.

About Wouter
Wouter Hassing can be seen as an authority in the field of local mushroom cultivation. His company Mycophilia (in the North of Amsterdam) not only supplies local restaurants with Shiitake en Eryngii but also serves as a platform for research and innovation. Here he investigates new low energy productions methods but also how to make better use of mushrooms in the kitchen (for example pulled pork from oyster mushrooms!).

Regular ticket €41,10
Artist discount €29,10
Student discount €29,10
You can but your ticket here

We can give away two tickets, so keep an eye out for our Facebook! Who knows you'll be the lucky one!

Image: Wouter Hassing © Anisa Xhomaqi, 2016. Courtesy of Mediamatic.

zaterdag 23 juni

15:00 - 18:00

Mediamatic (Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam Centrum)

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