- BIOSYSTEMS - DARK MYCOLOGY
- Reading Group
- Glasgow Zine Library, Glasgow ⇢ November 2018
Mushrooms are weird critters. The ‘flowers of fungus’, they share much of their DNA with humans. Many form webs underground in collaborative, symbiotic structures as complex as the internet. Theorists have connected them to dark matter, rhizomatic philosophies and the information exchange of social networks. In this discussion, poet Mike Saunders led us through a key mycological text: Anna Tsing’s 'Mushroom at the End of the World
' alongside artist Rebecca Gill and Green Hollows forager Mark Hanlon. With reference to art, poetry and theory, we explored how mushrooms provide literal and metaphoric examples for assembling communities out of capitalist ruins, and how mycology offers a transdisciplinary nexus for linking ethical, scientific and aesthetic approaches to speculative environmental thought.