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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

Fungi have captivated people who have understood their world as well as caused strong fears in those who haven’t experienced contact with these mystical organisms. Fungi play a significant role in our lives, profoundly shaping our existence. 

Wisdom Within: The Ritual of Amadou explores the cultural and historical use of amadou, a unique fungal material derived from polypore mushroom called Fomes fomentarius, better known as tinder mushroom. Amadou offers a range of health benefits and a fascinating historical background, but it also has a tactile and soothing sensation upon touch. Amadou serves as a tactile bridge between human and the fungal organism. The interest of the research lies in understanding the sensorial qualities of the material and whether its primal, animalistic characteristics are what cause us to feel connected to it. Beyond the cultural and historical aspects, the research embraces the material as a pedagogical and social component. It seeks to place the amadou within a modern context and actively contribute to the revival of this nearly forgotten material tradition.

Project facts

Project title Wisdom Within: The Ritual of Amadou
Project manager Mari Koppanen
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
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Project status Active
Department Design

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