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The Fungus Among Us

Term: First 7 weeks | Spring 2015 | Tuesdays 12:10 - 2:40
Professor Marina Zurkow
Contact:
mz46@nyu.edu | 917 749 5326
Office hours
itp.nyu.edu/inwiki/Signup/Zurkow

 

Resources.


Search.

Search across engines incl. academic ones:
http://www.stoa.org/finder/showlinks?kws=

NYU Library:
This page was developed in Fall 2013 for The Temporary Expert.
Margaret is our librarian. She is great. GO SEE HER.
http://nyu.libguides.com/tempexpert

Find an expert:
Google "NYU experts"
or http://nyu.libguides.com/ type "experts" in search window

Institutions with audio/video documentation, lectures, etc,

New York Public Library:
Digital archives
Rare books library
Audio/Video
http://www.nypl.org/voices/audio-video

Semi-formal interview techniques:
Asking Questions
Conducting Interviews
Guidance for Novice Researchers
Interview Techniques
Semi-structured Interviews

Fungus information:
The Fifth Kingdom mycological encyclopedia
(more than you ever thought you wanted to know)

Radical mycology (Remediation):
http://radicalmycology.wordpress.com/

Cornell mushroom blog:
http://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/

Fungus purchasing resources:
fungi.com (Stamets' company)

Spawn comparison chart:
https://www.fieldforest.net/images/spawn_chart.pdf

New York Mycological Society
http://newyorkmyc.org/

Sue van Hook, Ecovative
lecture at ITP in 2014:
https://vimeo.com/117647548
(pw: Fungus)



Systems-related tools.

CONCEPT MAP:



Description: https://www.msu.edu/~luckie/ctools/
More examples: 1 | 2 | 3

ANALOGY:
Douglas Hofstadter, Analogy as the Core of Cognition (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8m7lFQ3njk

Required
Readings
& Media.

Due class 1:

Webb, Richard. “Magic of Mushrooms: Dawning of the Fungus Age.” New Scientist (2013)
PDF

Frazier, Ian. “Form and Fungus.” New Yorker (2013)
PDF

 

Due class 2:

Mushrooms doing things in the world:

Stamets, Paul. Mycelium running: how mushrooms can help save the world. Random House Digital, Inc., 2005.
pp 1-64
Purchase book at NYU bookstore

How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply, Paul Stamets, bioneers, 2014 (VIDEO)
http://fantasticfungi.com/paul-stamets-save-the-bees/

Optional:
Sue van Hook, Ecovative
lecture at ITP in 2014:
https://vimeo.com/117647548
(pw: Fungus)

 

Due class 3 :

Mushrooms doing things in the world:

Stamets, Paul. Mycelium running: how mushrooms can help save the world. Random House Digital, Inc., 2005.
pp 65-119

 

Due class 4:

Thinking with mycelium:

Deleuze, Gilles, and Pierre Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1987)
Introduction:Rhizome
PDF

Tsing, Anna. “Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species” Environmental Humanities (2012)
http://tsingmushrooms.blogspot.com/2010/11/anna-tsing-anthropology-university-of.html

Tsing, Anna, “Arts of Inclusion, or, How to Love a Mushroom,” Australian Humanities Review 50 (2011)
http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-May-2011/tsing.html

 

Due class 5:

Psycho-narrative:

Pendell, Dale. Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path. (2010)
pp3-10,  26-39, 281-294
PDF

Slater, Lauren. "How psychedelic drugs can help patients face death." NY Times (2012).
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/how-psychedelic-drugs-can-help-patients-face-death.html?_r=0

Bone, Eugenia. "Can Mushrooms Treat Depression?" NY Times (2014)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/opinion/sunday/can-mushrooms-treat-depression.html

Optional:
Claire Evans, "Livin' in a Mycelial World" Science Blogs, 2011
http://scienceblogs.com/universe/2011/07/17/living-in-a-mycelial-world/

 



 

Artists'
Works &
Talks.

Phil Ross, Mycotecture
http://philross.org/projects/mycotecture/

Maurizio Montalti, Officina Corpuscoli
http://www.corpuscoli.com/

Maurizio Montalti, Bodies of Change
http://www.mediamatic.net/240132/en/bodies-of-change

Jae Rim Lee, Mushroom Death Suit
http://infinityburialproject.com/burial-suit
http://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee?language=en

Mediamatic Bio Art Industry
http://www.mediamatic.net/360881/en/mediamatic-bio-industry

Paddestoelen Paradijs: Urban Mushroom Farm and New Materials Lab
http://www.mediamatic.net/230477/en/paddestoelen-paradijs

Intimate Science
http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/subpage.aspx?id=99113

Studio Eric Klarenbeek's mycelium chair
http://www.mediamatic.net/360203/nl/mycelium-chair

Katherine Ball, Biological Sabotagerie
http://katherineball.com/Fuzzy-Biological-Sabotagerie

Spores in Space
http://www.yannseznec.com/works/spores/

Joans Edvard, Myx Lamp
http://jonasedvard.dk/work/myx/

 

Many more fungus-related links, design and research
https://delicious.com/marinazurkow/fungi

 

 

Related artworks / artists, not fungus-specific:

Miya Masaoka
Pieces for Plants, Music with insects
http://www.miyamasaoka.com/about/bio/#insects
http://www.miyamasaoka.com/media_files/video/pieces_for_plants7_nyu.html
http://www.miyamasaoka.com/interdisciplinary/skin_insects/

Wolfgang Laib
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1340

Mel Chin
http://www.melchin.org/

Jane Marsching
http://www.janemarsching.com/

 

Film clips, movies.

Debra Koons-Garcia, "Symphony of the Soil" (movie)
available at Bobst
http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/learn-more/blog/tag/deborah-koons-garcia/

Clips from "Planet Earth"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTvaxVySlE

BBC Clips from "The Private Life of Plants" etc:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Fungus

Stalking the Wild Mushroom (short):
http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/09/12/2008/stalking-the-wild-mushroom.html

"Know Your Mushrooms" movie:
http://www.amazon.com/Know-Mushrooms-Lincoff-Larry-Evans/dp/B003PUZ24G/ref=tmm_aiv_title_0
, http://documentarystorm.com/know-your-mushrooms/

Bioluminescent shrooms:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/image-of-the-week/2012/10/01/bioluminescent-mushrooms-glow/
, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-glowing-mushroom-species/

Info on chitin as a polymer
Applied Polymer Science: 21st Century

Eben Bayer on Mycelium as Plastic Substitute (video on TED)

 

Books.

Bone, Eugenia. Mycophilia, 2011
http://www.amazon.com/Mycophilia-Revelations-Weird-World-Mushrooms/dp/1609619870