somme Mycocene

Date(s): May 28 to Jun 15 2019


E. Forgues, 2018

Mycocene is a speculative future. It symbolizes a transition away from the Anthropocene towards a future where our current use of technology is composted into one that has symbiosis in mind.

Symbiosis within Mycocene​ blurs the line between conventional technology and nature. It explores uses of technology that do not attempt to save nor exploit our ecosystems, but augment and communicate with them.

Myco, the root for Mycelium, is the communication highway between species. It is an integral link within ecosystems, functioning like an Internet of nutrients. In the spirit of this metaphor, the ​Mycocene​ project repurposes electronic waste to be in symbiosis with this highly advanced natural system of mycelium–foregrounding the immense intelligence that nature exhibits which, as a species, we (humans) choose to ignore.

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E. Forgues, 2018

The collective somme is a collaboration between Emma Forgues, Sam Bourgault, Owen Coolidge, Matthew Halpenny and Matthew Salaciak. They began working together during their degree in Computation Arts at Concordia University, sharing similar points of view but various skills among the group. Coming from diverse backgrounds, they conjugate programming, sound, visual arts, electronics, music, physics, and biology in their collaborative art practice.

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