Mycelia: a field guide
You are invited to be part of our Lumière project, Mycelia: a field guide.
1. Create a fungi species out of discarded or broken items
2. Name it. What does it do? Break down colonial systems? Plastic? Is it a medicine? Does it connect people?
3. Send photos or video with your name, your fungi's name and function, and material list to by September 4th to be part of the virtual online installation.
4. This project is open to all ages and abilities as creativity knows not the bounds of age!
***If your idea is a large installation in your yard or similar, drop us a line. We'll create a map of our fungal network.
Fungi deconstruct dead material, stripping it down to bare atoms, and making nutrients available to plant matter. Fungal hyphae can break down rock (!) making minerals available and as such, they have been credited with dismantling the early crusts of the earth creating soil and giving way to a planet that could sustain the plant kingdom. Plants then went on, supported by fungi, to create oxygen in the atmosphere allowing for life as we know it to evolve and for the future of Earth to unfold.
Fungi continue break down vegetation and other dead matter on a constant cycle that allows forests to thrive indefinitely. They provide medicine. They build relationships with other beings and create symbiotic organisms, like lichen. They use mycelia, a network that connects a wide variety of living organisms, to trade nutrients, sugars, warnings, and the yet undiscovered.
Transition times are ideal for deconstruction and reconstruction, so we invite the community to break down broken things and build something completely new. Consider the breakdown of failing systems and focus on rebuilding what’s important for our future: reconciliation with Indigenous communities, our response to climate change, supporting healthy communities by scaling back our consumption and thinking locally, and simply connecting with each other.
ACAP staff and interested community members will each create a specimen to amass a network of fungi that will be presented at Lumiere as a field guide.
Each piece must be submitted to us with a species name, the function of the species, and materials list by September 4th. You may submit by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org of phone us (902) 567-1628 to make arrangements.