Mycorrhizal Meditation is part of an art and research project called Homo Mycelium, exploring fungal networks and interrelation - the 'mycorrhizal network'. The meditation was first written for one of the workshops we ran at the beginning of Are We All Addicts Now?, an enquiry by artist Katriona Beales into the normalization of addictive behaviours through our everyday interactions with digital devices. The workshop was about hyperconnectivity, so while Katriona explored the joy and mania of our human-digital connection, I delved into the startling interconnectivity of this nonhuman, organic web.
Mm incorporates a spoken-word guided meditation that choreographs a connective journey through the human body and down into a dynamic, semiotic underworld of living soil and mycorrhizal network, with sound recordings made in wooded places, including movement and rhythm captured from microphones hidden underground and inside trees. It complicates a notion of nature as ‘ultimate digital detox’, and guides the user towards the intelligent responsiveness of beyond-human nature, the ‘wood-wide-web’ that predates our digital connectivity by millennia.
Mm is delivered as a free download, accessed via posters in Furtherfield gallery and across Finsbury Park for the two months that AWAAN? is on.
Saturday October 21st: Mycorrhizal Event
A performance-lecture by Feral Practice, celebrating and exploring the history, art and science of human-fungal relations, exploring themes of reciprocity, intuitive and nonverbal interconnection between people, psychedelic consciousness, fungal songs, shamanic journeying, and plant communication. Feral Practice will also lead a live ritual performance of Mycorrhizal Meditation. A fungi specialist will guide a walk that explores some of the fungi growing in Finsbury Park and on the Parkland Walk Nature Reserve.
Homo Mycelium essay
The essay Homo Mycelium is published in the accompanying AWAAN? book, edited by Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden Jones, designed by Stefan Schåfer and published by Liverpool University Press.
Links to further information on the mycorrhizal network:
Article by Nic Fleming on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet
A fabulous half hour podcast from Radiolab, definitely worth a listen: http://www.radiolab.org/story/from-tree-to-shining-tree/