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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
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Schedule:

 

   

1

Jan 29
(Thursday make up)

General intro, class overview
Discuss parameters for project and case study development
Fungi Kingdom overview: Fungi characteristics
Detailed and excellent wikipedia page

  • History - spores first detected by Pier Antonio Micheli (1729)
  • Evolution: poor fossil record, but probably were the first land colonizers (500 MYA)
  • How old is fungi?
  • Considered closer to animals than plants - why?
  • Symbiotic with plants and trees - How?


Fungi include... Yeasts (from bread to body infections) and familiar mushrooms.
Moulds are fungi, but slime molds are not.

Subject areas:

  • Ecology,
  • Food,
  • Remediation,
  • Networks/intercommunication/
  • Symbiosis,
  • Spirituality/Narrative/Culture (including the "poison path"), and
  • Fabrication

Ecovative (Frasier essay)

Fabrication demos

Assignment for next week:
Readings (see readings page)
Write/draw up a loose, best-guess proposal for project and "expert" to interview
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page
Start to fill out planning grid spreadsheet

2

Feb 3

Guest: Theresa Ten Eyck

Mushrooms doing things in the world:
Discuss readings, project plans
See references

Operations to help think about your project.

Fungus links.

Library of material tests?

Assignment for next week:
Readings (see readings page)
Proposal for project and "expert" to interview (you will discuss in class next week)
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page
Continue filling out planning grid spreadsheet

3

Feb 10

Guest: Christie Leece

Mushrooms doing things in the world:
Discuss readings
Intro to other remediation work and Susan Somard "wood wide web" work

Check in on project proposals

Assignment for next week:
Readings (see readings page)
Interview expert or set up interview
Sketches for your final project
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page
Continue filling out planning grid spreadsheet

4

Feb 17

Thinking with mycelium:

Discuss readings, look at references

Assignment for next week:
Readings (see readings page)
Interview expert (should be done by now)
Develop your final project
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page

5

Feb 24

Psycho-narrative:

Discuss readings, look at references
Informal presentation of final project progress

Assignment for next week:
Case studies due (see assignment page)
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page

6

Mar 3

Midterm presentations of case studies
(possibly long class, plan to stay late if you can)

Assignment for next week:
Final presentations of prototypes/projects due
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page


7

Mar 10

Final presentations
(long class, plan to stay late if you can)

Wrap up assignment:
Final presentations posted
Post-mortem/next steps posted
Post to your blog with a link on our "Your Work" page