open call - eleonore summer residency 2017
DI, 18.04.2017


Mycelium Network Society

ELEONORE summer residency 2017, Linz, Austria

JULY 1 –SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Mycelium Network Society is an underground network imagination powered by fungus, spores, culture, kitchen, radio, transmission, installations, workshops and performances. Mycelium Network Society, a brand new network initiative situated in a post-internet mudland, diverts the pursuit of magic mushroom, from a state of hyper-hallucination to collective fungal consciousness, and investigates the fungi culture, its network capacity to communicate and process information. Mushroom as a commodity, a medium, an element, commands its own domain in human-disturbed forests. Sprouting across the moisture of rich soils, expanding its colonies, sharing informations, networking co-habitants, mycelium is ordained by Paul Stamets as “the neurological network of nature”. In this post-digital, post-media, post-internet, post-enlightenment phase of current-day investigation into cultural practices, we seek out mycelium to lead us out of the ruins, to construct political tactics, to salvage economic meltdown. Ultimately at nature’s mercy, we artists/cultural producers strive to convene a nature’s network merging our research in technology, biology and ecology, persisting in constant molecular communication a la mycelium mode.
This year, Stadtwerkstatt/infolab, in association with Zavod Kersnikova/Kapelica gallery in Ljubljana and CycleX in Andes, New York, launches Mycelium Network Society as part of Ecologies excursion at transmediale2017. As part of Stadtwerkstatt’s initiatives that focus on free/open culture and information technology, Station Messschiff Eleonore, once a survey vessel, now docked by Danube harbor, is powered by solar energy, equipped with radio components and modified to host artists in residency. This summer, the Eleonore summer residency investigates the theme of Mycelium Network Society and calls for artists who works with mycelium, mushrooms, fungus and culture in a networked, network-able construct. We seek residency proposals that expand from routing the mycelium underground to scheming political insurgency and tactical intervention.

Eleonore artist in residency is a Stadtwerkstatt’s project.

Mycelium Network Society residency curation: Taro, Shu Lea Cheang, Franz Xaver

The open call is open to artists, cultural workers, social interventionists, growers, doers, activists, networkers, biohackers+++++++++
The requirement is to work with the medium of mycelium, mushrooms, fungus and culture!

Open call application - email to Shu Lea Cheang.
-a brief bio, -web link(s), -a brief project proposal – sketches – all in ONE pdf.

The residency is for two week duration and offers 700€ (500€ for per dium and materials, 200€ for travel, payable upon arrival at Eleonore)
Please state your desired dates of residency during July 1-September 12 period.

The Mycelium Network Society Eleonore residency projects will be presented as part of STWST48x3, the 3rd year of 48 hour non-stop extravaganza hosted by Stadtwerkstatt and held in association with Ars Electronica in early September.

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