Let’s Become Fungal! Book Launch
The next phase of ‘Citing Bar’ will look at the intersecting idea of climate justice, wishing to expand multiple forms of knowledge, ecological wisdom and worldviews while stimulating cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration. Participatory events including translation, research, writing, reportage and publication will be organised to raise sustained awareness of care and justice. In this precursory event, curator and researcher Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez will be sharing her new book ‘Let’s Become Fungal!’ includes mycelial meditation, book reading, questions raising and idea exchanging.
About ‘Let’s Become Fungal!’
There is a growing interest in fungi and mycelium as a material, the ever-branching connecting threads of the fungal world. The entanglements and how this rhizomatic network functions is not just a fascinating ecological system and material, but carries a profound usefulness as a metaphor for our potential new systems, ways of thinking and behaviors.
Let’s Become Fungal! takes its inspiration from the world of art and mycology and shares innovative practices from Latin America and the Caribbean that are rooted in multispecies collaboration, symbiosis, alliances, non-monetary resource exchange, decentralization, bottom-up methods and mutual dependency—all in line with the behavior of the mycelium.
Every chapter is phrased as a question. They do not lead to answers, but to twelve teachings addressing for instance collaboration, decoloniality, non-linearity, toxicity, mobilization, biomimicry, death, and being non-binary. Simultaneously it ventures deeper into the world of fungi. The teachings from the fungus may inspire artists, collectives, organizations, educators, policy-makers, designers, scientists, anthropologists, change-makers, curators, urbanists, activists, gardeners, community-leaders, farmers, and many others, to become more fungal in their ways of working and being.
Let’s Become Fungal! is more than a book. It’s a methodology and a way of thinking that can be activated in communities, networks, and organizations. The author offers a program of twelve collaboratively crafted mycelial workshops to activate each Teaching with a group. From mycelial meditations to Reading Groups to biomimicry exercises, the workshops are suitable for anyone who, after reading this book, wants to become fungal. In addition to the author, the workshops are guided by guest mycologists, (bio)designers, architects, artists, and community organizers. Workshops last one full day and groups can be between ten to thirty people.
Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez works as curator and researcher on art and ecology, and is based in Mexico-City. She founded and directed many international initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology, including the Green Art Lab Alliance (Asia, Latin America and Europe) and the Nature Research Department, the Van Eyck Food Lab, and the Future Materials Bank at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands).