Tashkent International Biennale for Contemporary Art 2018
Fungiphone is a part of a body of work which derives from the fascination and exploration of mycelium as a casting material and as a symbol of interconnectivity and widespread network between plant species.Mycelium functions as the composting mechanism of the forest floor and could be described as being the roots of what we normally associate with fungi. It transforms the dead waste material into a solid flexible mass and is grown within a few days. it is tested as being harder and more durable than concrete and red bricks and is 100% biodegradable. Mycelium is containing many nutrients making it ideal for use as fertilizer after the primary use as a building material, therefore making it a perfect sustainable technique.
My project Fungiphone is a play on words related to the casting mold which is based around an Apple iPhone 4. The relation between the natural phenomenon and the cultural phenomenon of interconnectivity is what the work attempts to communicate through modern-day objects such as the well known iPhone, a symbol that without doubt, reflect the idea of interconnection. In our period of time, it is crucial to re-establish a healthy relationship between the notion of nature and culture and how these fields of science should be related more than ever. How sustainable building material can contain a philosophical idea of how humans interact which one and another in the new world.
For the international biennale in Tashkent 2018, I will present different models and shapes based on this project. In the live presentation, I will showcase sizing, usage, and a fictive interpretation of future possibilities with sustainable materials such as Mycelium.