Mycophilia is a residency for artists interested in mushrooms and fungi to study them in the forest, lab and farm. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, on the border between Quebec and Ontario, Canada in the fall of 2020. The residency will involve daily excursions into forests, biology laboratories, collections, studios and farms for the collection of materials and exploration of the local mycology.
All activities are subject to change depending on expert availability and other uncontrollable variables.
You are invited to give an artist talk to introduce your practice to the group (talks)
Wild mushrooms of the Gatineau Forest (foray)
Photograph spores with Scanning Electron Microscope and dissecting microscope (lab visits)
Lichen of the Chelsea Cemetery (foray)
Foraging fungi for food and color (foray)
Mycology in contemporary art (lecture)
Spore printing and microscopy (workshop)
Fungal tree relationships (Lecture on Mycorrhizae)
Visit to a research laboratory to learn about plant/fungi signaling
Ottawa Mycological Circle collection and identification (foray and study group)
Fungal DNA sequencing with the Museum of Nature (lab visit)
Biosonification of live mushroom cultures in the lab and the field
Visit to the Canadian National Mycological Herbarium
Visit the Shiitake Grove at the Forest and Farm
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invitations will be given to accepted applicants to help them in their search for grants and funding
What is included:
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen once or twice during the week.
Duration of residency
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Study mushrooms in the lab and forest no biology experience necessary
Studio / Workspace
Fees and support
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are invited to give a talk to the group