A Presentation of Fruiting Bodies: Creative Experiments in Fungal Inoculation & Mycoremediation

$0 - $15 / Ticket

Date & Time

300 days ago


Governors Island


Fruiting body: the spore-producing organ of a fungus, otherwise known as a mushroom.

Fruiting Bodies is an ongoing experiment in fungal sociality, exploring the possibilities of mushroom cloning, mycoremediation and social exchange. The project incorporates community science, sculpture and collective ritual to consider the relationships between our bodies, fungi, the earth, and potential remediations of many kinds.

In this presentation at Swale House, Fruiting Bodies collaborators Chloe Zimmerman and Christopher Kennedy will discuss a creative experiment led earlier this summer in collaboration with Lucia Monge. The presentation will be followed by a mushroom inoculation demo. Participants will have the opportunity to inoculate and bring home their own petri dish to watch mushroom mycelium grow. All are welcome, and no previous experience needed.

About the Presenters

Christopher Lee Kennedy is an artist and educator who creates site-specific projects that examine conventional notions of ‘Nature’, interspecies agency, and biocultural collaboration. With a background in environmental engineering, Kennedy re-imagines field science techniques and new forms of storytelling to develop embodied research, installations, sculptures, and publications that re-contextualize social-ecological systems. He is currently a Lecturer in Sustainable Systems at The New School University.

Lucia Monge is a Peruvian artist with a background in education and art+science collaborations. Her work explores the way humans position ourselves within the natural world and relate to other living beings, especially plants. For the past eight years she has organized Plantón Móvil, a yearly “walking forest” performance that leads to the creation of public green areas.

Chloe Zimmerman is an artist, writer and educator based in Brooklyn. She is the founder and facilitator of the Mycological Research Playgroup, a collaborative research and production group for artists and environmentalists to learn about and with fungi.

This event is part of Intelligent Fungi, an exhibit, research and workshop series brought to you by Curiouseed to celebrate the fungal wisdoms and learn from fungi, our greatest teachers, to build, nourish, and heal. Learn more about the series.

Visit us on Governors Island!

August 3 - October 27
Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 11am - 5pm

The Swale House, Nolan Park #15, Governors Island
Just 15 mins by ferry from Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge Park.
View Detailed Ferry Schedules

Ongoing Programs
Mycelium Running
Mushroom Water Filtration Demo
Mycorrhizal Meditation (Fiona MacDonald, audio)

Workshops & Events
Aug 4 | Mycelial Digestion Workshop (Chloe Zimmerman, workshop)
Aug 11 | Partner with Fungi to Support Ecosystem Health (Jess Rubin, workshop)
Aug 24 | Introduction to Mushroom Identification (Paul Sadowski, talk)
Sept 8 | A Presentation of Fruiting Bodies: Creative Experiments in Fungal Inoculation & Mycoremediation (Christopher Kennedy, Chloe Zimmerman, Lucia Monge, workshop)
Sept 14 & 21 | MycoPaper: Making Handmade Paper with Mushrooms (Nica Rabinowitz, workshop)
Oct 6 | Mushroom Walk (New York Mycological Society, outdoor)
Oct 19 | Styrofoam Decomposition Experiment (show and tell)

The Intelligent Fungi Series is a public program completely run by volunteers and fueled by community donations. Please help us keep the program running by volunteering with us or making a donation (via Kinvite) today!

A big THANK YOU to the Swale House for hosting our program on Governors Island.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at hi@curiouseed.com.

tags: activism, community, mushroom