Container of Civilization / Tso-Yu CHIANG (TW), Photo: Tso-Yu CHIANG

Container of Civilization


What is the concept of time for mushrooms? From birth to death of a single mushroom in a petri dish may take only a month for us, but for the mushroom this time span can feel as long as our entire lives. It is hard not to imagine that there are “civilizations” of mushrooms blossoming and passing away in every corner of the city. Tso-Yu Chiang looks for places in the city that have high humidity or form “containers” suitable for mushroom growth, and also tracks the bioelectricity of the mushrooms to amplify it to a range audible to humans.