$75 – $150

Fruiting Bodies: Experiments in Fungal Inoculation and Mycoremediation

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*Fruiting body: the spore-producing organ of a fungus, otherwise known as a mushroom

In this workshop, participants will dive into the fascinating world of fungi with an introduction to mycology and creative experiments in reproducing mushrooms (cloning and inoculating) and using fungi to remediate damaged land (mycoremediation). Together, participants will create agar-based sculptures modeled from chosen body parts, inoculate the sculptures with fungi, and document the growth process. The following weekend, we will gather again to bury the fruiting bodies* in a local disturbed site in need of mycoremediation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

By the end of the workshop, participants will gain an introduction to the world of mycology and fungi (especially in the context of urban environments), and mushroom cloning and propagation methods. The workshop will also provide a space to experiment with making molds and introduce mycoremediation methods.

While this workshop engages with scientific processes, we ground ourselves in artistic practice, using experiments to consider the relationships between our bodies, fungi, the earth, and the potential of remediations of many kinds. Throughout, we will document and learn with our fruiting bodies, allowing for a latent network of human and nonhuman relations to emerge. No previous experience with mycology needed - amateurs and experts welcome.

This workshop will be followed with a Burial Ceremony on Saturday July 27 from 1-3pm: RSVP for that here and invite your friends!

Image Caption: (L) A Lion’s Mane mushroom collected by Chloe Zimmerman and (R) Agar sculpture by Lucia Monge

Christopher Lee Kennedy is an artist and educator who creates site-specific projects that examine conventional notions of ‘Nature’, interspecies agency, and biocultural collaboration. With a background in environmental engineering, Kennedy re-imagines field science techniques and new forms of storytelling to develop embodied research, installations, sculptures, and publications that re-contextualize social-ecological systems. He is currently a Lecturer in Sustainable Systems at The New School University.

Lucia Monge is a Peruvian artist with a background in education and art+science collaborations. Her work explores the way humans position ourselves within the natural world and relate to other living beings, especially plants. For the past eight years she has organized Plantón Móvil, a yearly “walking forest” performance that leads to the creation of public green areas.


Chloe Zimmerman is an artist, writer and educator based in Brooklyn. She is the founder and facilitator of the Mycological Research Playgroup, a collaborative research and production group for artists and environmentalists to learn about and with fungi.

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