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Fungal future: Organism oriented material research

Fungal future: Organism oriented material research

PhD Candidate Mari Koppanen's doctoral project

Academic summary

Fungus is our oldest ancestor, a living organism crucial for our everyday existence. We are part of it, and it is more of us than we want to believe. Fungi allow us a more holistic view about and into nature than any other organism or material. It enables not only all living on earth but offers also a great variety of natural materials and pigments. Fungal materials are considered as future materials as they are not widely used in the industries. This research investigates the value of the fungal organism as a material resource as well as its sensorial and visual dimensions in the field of design.

 

The project strongly emphasizes the symbiosis between science and art. It challenges the boundaries of contemporary design and material possibilities. Where artistic implementation makes the materials easier to illustrate, offers science often concrete solutions for their implementation. The project aims to garner an understanding of possible future applications on fungal materials, yet it calls attention to approach this huge organism with sensitivity and respect. Skin and human body contain different type of fungi, bacteria and yeasts connecting the human and non-human together. Project seeks to find answers how to open a dialogue with fungi and asks if we, humans and fungi, are the same.

 

Project facts

Project title Fungal future: Organism oriented material research
Project manager Mari Koppanen
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
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Project status Active
Department Design

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