Radiotrophic Fungarium Or How To Make A Coat For Marie Curie
Radiotrophic Fungarium is a homage to humans and other-than-humans who have suffered and gave their lives to teach us about life in radioactive toxicity. While we travel through the history forest, each path tells us a different history. As we move through the colliding and entangled human and fungal timespaces and perspectives, we follow one of the radioactive trajectories in order to forage knowledge and assemble stories of protection. The Radiotrophic Fungarium serves as a book of care linking stories from the past into networks for dire futures. Imagine fungi forming shields against radiation, growing into coats, face masks, blankets, scarfs and alike to provide protection for those who have been sacrificed by the patriarchal capitalist system and nuclear colonialism. Climate change and nuclear threat are imminent and a past of radioactive harm has since been detonated. What is there to learn and how to proceed?
Radiotrophic Fungarium is an ongoing research, interested in ways of protecting human and fungal lives against radioactive and UV radiation harm by developing symbiotic interspecies relationships that might grow into shields and shelters as our climate changes.
Scientific support and consulting:
Nina Gunde-Cimerman, dr. Polona Zalar, Barbara Kastelic-Bokal (University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty; Ljubljana)
Ana Gubenšek, mag. mikrobiol. (Center odličnosti InnoRenew CoE, Izola)
With the help of: students of Microbiology (University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty), within the Mycology elective course
Video environments, animation: Matea Friend
Video research and materials: Kaitlin Bryson
Video storyboard, animation, montage: Saša Spačal
Sound: Saša Spačal
Concrete plates: Andrej Škufca, Neja Zorzut, Igor Trunk
Folding panel plans: Lovrenc Košenina
Folding panels construction: Jože Zajc
Production: Uroš Veber, Tjaša Pogačar, Projekt Atol Institute
With support by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia & the City of Ljubljana