Intimate Organisms, opening night at Outer Space, Brisbane, 2023. Photograph by Louis Lim
Intimate Organisms, 2023.
An organic materialisation, with its genesis in human and more-than-human collectivism.
In an uncanny partnership suspended by the voices of many, fungi and humans will share in the procreation of a new symbiotic body. Tender beginnings will eternally link these intimate organisms to the human sphere of Outer Space.
In contrast to the self-centric over-exploits of contemporary humankind, there is an obscure underground industry of intelligence between intimate organisms. Electric impulses and chemical amalgams transmit esoteric communications. Long before a human internet, nature had initiated its own network. A multi-species affiliation, manifesting from primordial relationships with fungi.
In its role as an ecological steward, can fungi become our mediator for a return to the gestalt of nature?
Through a collaboration at the nexus of art and science, an artist and a mycologist practiced conscientious connection in a quest to explore this abstract ideal and cultivate sentient biomes.
In a culmination of this experimental research, the Outer Space gallery becomes a platform to worship diversity and symbiosis. Through the procreation of Myc-a, a new body of symbiotic organisms, interspecies synergy and a path to ecological citizenship is revealed.
Intimate Organisms is the artistic culmination of a yearlong collaborative research project, shedding human-centricity to explore interspecies reciprocity and mutual endeavour.
Collaborative Partner - Dr Sandra Tuszynska
Outer Space - Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane.
7 – 28th October, 2023
Opening performance - Ritual for Entanglement
Collective sound will fuse the DNA that will become Myc-a, a new symbiotic body of interspecies intelligence, interconnected by fungi. Fungi’s response to sound is fervent mycelium growth. A Ritual for Entanglement will inundate the gallery with voice and synth and spark a process of sonic symbiosis to bring Myc-a into being.
Ritual performers: Sara Moore, Keemon Williams, Freya Tainsh, Melissa Matveyeff and Bianca Tainsh. Sound performance by Tim Tainsh.
In-conversation - The Personhood of Biomes: disentangling human individualism
Artist Bianca Tainsh and researcher Dr Karin Sellberg will bring their shared interests of eco-feminism, embodiment, and fungi into a conversational space for cultural excavation.
Exhibition text ‘Suggested Friend’ by artist, writer and facilitator, Diego Ramírez READ HERE
Lemonade exhibition review by Amy Jane Collins READ HERE
Intimate Organisms installation view at Outer Space, Brisbane, 2023. Photograph by Louis Lim.
Ritual for Entanglement, performance at Outer Space gallery, 2023. Photographs by Louis Lim.
Myc-a, 2023 by Bianca Tainsh - multiple species of flora, micro fauna, fungi, and other non-human materials sourced from Tainsh’s Nature Refuge, custom fabricated acrylic terrarium, grow light, cable reel and other salvaged materials, wheels, polymer paint. Photographs by Louis Lim.
Image 1: Mushroom Circle series. Photograph by Louis Lim. Image 2: Mushroom circle #8 - digital print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, bolete mushroom (perhaps Boletellus sinapipes), Indian Ink, larvae husks (unidentified). Image 3: Mushroom circle #4 - digital print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, bolete mushroom (Shaggy Cap or Boletellus emodensis), Indian Ink, larvae husks (unidentified). Image 4: Mushroom circle #10 - digital print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, bolete mushroom (unidentified), Indian Ink, larvae husks (unidentified). Image 5: Mushroom circle #9 - digital print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, mushroom (unidentified), Indian Ink, polymer paint, Weyba ochre, dirt, fungi spore (unidentified mushroom), larvae husks (unidentified). Photographs by Louis Lim.
Sonic Symbiosis - digital print on Organic Cotton Sateen, metal rods. Photographs by Louis Lim.
IO Banners - 4 works, digital prints on Organic Cotton Sateen, metal rods. Photographs by Louis Lim.