notes, impressions and digressions from http://fo.am/radio_mycelium/
(participants: Martin Howse, Maurizio Montalti, Alkan Chipperfield, Rasa Alksnyte, Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic, Katerina Undo, Laura Popplow, Georg Dietzler, Lionel Billiet, Christoph De Boeck, Cocky Eek)
How to take care of your:
Grijze Oesterzwam, Grey Oyster-mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus http://www.casaforesta.nl/producten/groeibaaltjes/grijze-oesterzwam
Koningsoesterzwam, King Oyster-mushroom, Pleurotus Eryngii http://www.casaforesta.nl/producten/groeibaaltjes/koningsoesterzwam
After two days of intense mushrooming, we had various ideas about how mycelium communicates with us -
When walking in the fields with the noise of the receiver in the ear, we realised that there was a very strong sound at 40 cm above the ground, like a layer of very strong activity, it reminded us of walking in water, and we imaged the mycelium like a mirror image of this sheath, but under the ground.
Experimenting with the effect that touch has on impedence of shitake, it became obvious that the mycelium was much more sensitive to Nik's touch, who had sprayed and taken care of the mushroom, than to other people touching it.
Might there be a difference of reaction also depending on the species of mushrooms? Measuring the same electromagnetic phenomena in different mushroom species might result in an orchestra of signals!
And with Maurizio's idea of starting the story from where it usually ends - with a dead person - we can provide a service to be decomposed by mushrooms peacefully and beatifully, in a calm hall of a museum, as an installation. And the orchestra of mushrooms is playing at the funeral.
All these ways of interacting are our human way of trying to communicate with mycelium. However, everything is network or mass, and communication has no intention. And when communicating with musrhooms, our perception of time and space would have to be re-evaluated.
After all, maybe it was not the participants who decided to come to this tutorial, but the mushrooms who used their higher powers and directed us. As ambassadors they lead the way to make the ones meet who are fascinated by these creatures.