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Chaos fungorum
an Exhibition and a Special Nuit Blanche Event

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in 1747, Carl Linnaeus, known as the “father of taxonomy”, observed that the seeds of fungus moved in water like fish until “..by a law of nature thus far unheard of and surpassing all human understanding..,” they changed back to plant in their adult life. He proceeded to include fungi in the new genus of “Chaos”. But why delimiting fungi within categories and boundaries when it is exactly their fluidity that make them so interesting?
Chaos Fungorum draws on the particular position occupied by fungi and other hybrid organisms: neither plant nor animal, fungi extend across, and can entertain, communications and collaborations between animal, human and industrial realms.
Mixing different artistic practices and media, the artists featured in this exhibition seek to move beyond rigid comprehensions of the living by working with, rather than merely shaping, sculpting and manipulating plants, microorganisms and fungi. Letting the non-human speak is to move away from an anthropocentric approach to the world: it not only opens to new rewarding artistic practices, but it also fosters new ideas of sustainable coexistence, new unusual life collaborations and adaptations, and new forms of communications and languages.

The exhibition
September 26 - October 7, 2018
Baba Yaga Collective 906 Queen Street West @Crawford, Toronto
www.babayagacollective.cainfo@babayagacollective.ca

Featuring
BIO.CHROME COLLECTIVE
Robyn Crouch • Mellissa Fisher • Shavon Madden
Tracy Maurice • Tosca Teran • Alexis Williams

Special Nuit Blanche Opening Reception
September 29
6:00 - 9:00 pm

6:30pm: Artsci Salon introduction with Roberta Buiani and Stephen Morris
rethinking categories and the “non-human” in art and science
Followed by artist remarks.
Scientists from the University of Toronto will act as respondent.

9:30pm onward: Nanotopia BIO-SONIFICATIONS: NON-HUMAN COLLABORATIONS Mycelium to MIDI
Midnight Mushroom music live performance
https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/sets/midnight-mushroom-music

This Special program is co-presented by The Baba Yaga Collective and ArtSci Salon.
For more information contact: artscisalon@gmail.com


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