This interactive installation is inspired by the connectivity of mycelium in relation to human patterns of communication, and gently brings into question our complex relationships with the natural world.
Often described as the ‘wood wide web’ mycelium is a network of fungal threads which form mutually beneficial relationships with plants, driving nutrient cycles and creating soil. Highly responsive, and some believe sentient, these pervasive organisms have been found to provide a conduit for communication within plant communities.
Building on and reimagining design elements from Urban Cocoon, this site-responsive installation forms a collaborative musical instrument, which incorporates touch technology and live plant material within a tactile web of 'mycelial threads'. Participants create sound compositions by interacting with suspended, miniature ecospheres forming themselves into an ephemeral 'internet of the forest’.
Melinda Hetzel - artistic director
Steph O'Hara - composer / sound artist / creative coder
Claire Hetzel - horticulturalist / social ecologist
Rainbow Sweeny - design
Paul Lim - lighting design