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Radical Mycology Convergence Update

Mulino, OR
Oct. 12–14
(Pre-RMC Course Oct. 5–7)

Things are quickly coming together for this year’s Radical Mycology Convergence, with all milestones pointing toward this being our most immersive and engaging RMC yet!

To start, lots of new, exciting additions have been made the weekend’s schedule to round out important lines of thought that come up at everyone Convergence:

  • The world’s first MycoHack will take place on Saturday of the RMC. This facilitated meeting-of-the-minds brainstorm and collaborative design session will be structured to help mushroom cultivators improve the integration of appropriate technologies into their shared practices.
  • That Sunday, the world’s first MycOlympics will bring together teams of mycophiles to will push their love for fungi to the limits in games that span from exhausting to absurd to hilarious. It will be rad!
  • This year we are honored to take part in the North American Mycoflora Project by holding an on-site citizen science research project to describe, document, and preserve the variety of mushrooms found during the Radical Mycology Convergence – all to help better understand what species need protecting! The Project will be going on all weekend and attendees will be able to learn about and directly engage in this important work.
  • This year we are bringing back the ever-popular Culture Barter Faire, Spores & Strains: a non-facilitated, non-commodified, free-for-all, where participants swap cultures of their favorite (legal) species. Bring your slants, syringes, and prints to get in on the action!
  • And as with the last two RMCs, the weekend before the main event we are holding Fertile Substrate, a pre-RMC course and work party to prep the land for the gathering and to teach participants hands-on skills for making their own rad events go off without a hitch!

Application Deadlines Approaching

For people looking to engage in the RMC more directly, there are still two weeks to sign up to be a teacher, evening entertainer, vendor, artist in the RMC art gallery, or to be the event’s lead chef.

  • For Teachers, we are seeking presentations related to mycology, ecology, permaculture, bioremediation, ecological revitalization, introductory science topics, and fungi-based cultural studies. Travel costs will be covered and an honorarium provided to all selected teachers.
  • For Performers, we are seeking fungi- and eco-inspired entertainment for our evening activities. Music, performance, puppetry, dance, and more are all welcome. Performers will also be monetarily honored for their time and travel.
  • For Chefs, we are seeking individuals with experience planning menus and cooking for groups for several hundred people. Volunteers and an honorarium will be provided to support your help!
  • For Vendors, we are accepting applications for non-profits, and mycology- and ecology-related organizations and businesses.
  • For Artists, we are accepting submissions for our myco art show, Mush Love.

As always, the best ways to hear about new updates on the RMC front are to follow Radical Mycology on Facebook and Instagram, and to join the Facebook event pages for the RMC and Fertile Substrate.

See you in October!

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2018 Radical Mycology Convergence Announced!

Today is a big day for us at Radical Mycology as we are thrilled to announce that this October we will be holding our fifth Radical Mycology Convergence, this time back in the Cascadia bioregion, and for the first time in Oregon!

The RMC is a multi-day biennial gathering of fungi-lovers and educators sharing their knowledge of – and passion for – working with fungi. Through mushroom hunts, art shows, outdoor fungal installations, and a variety of hands-on workshops, the RMC cultivates a rare space for fungi lovers to come together and share in their personal and collective experiences with fungi across all aspects of life.This year’s RMC is sure to set a new bar for this unique event and we excited to have you join us this fall.

Started in 2011 as a pipe dream between two friends – a vision of working with and learning from fungi alongside a community of peers – the Radical Mycology Convergence has since grown to be one of the most unique spaces for fungi advocates, Earth defenders, and naturalists of all stripes to explore the numerous intersections mycology forms with many of the world’s most pressing social and ecological issues.

This event is not just a weekend gathering to pass through, but an intentional moment in time, curated to help both experienced and novice mushroom lovers discover new, and ever-deeper connection to these unique organisms and the ecological webs they sustain. For us, it is more than just a party for celebrating fungi – though there is some of that too! – but a time to reflect on what’s missing from our so-often hectic and disconnected lives. Fungi remind us to integrate into our environments, to find support and allyship with those we live near and ultimately depend on. The RMC is, on many fronts, an effort to help bring some of these deeper fungal lessons to the fore, and give them space for honest reflection.

There will be a lot happening at this year’s RMC, all of which is detailed on the event’s website. Some things to highlight include:

  • MUSH LOVE: A MYCOPHILIC ART SHOW. This year at the RMC we are hosting a fungi-focused art exhibition as a part of the weekend’s activities and are currently seeking submissions from artists of all media formats.
  • FERTILE SUBSTRATE: A PRE-RMC COURSE. The weekend before the Convergence there will be a work party and pre-course designed to prep the land for the event. Space is very limited for this event, so be sure to sign up soon!
  • APPLY TO TEACH! Are you a mushroom grower, citizen scientist, herbalist, or naturalist? Do you have a story to share about your experiences with macro or micro fungi? Or do you have a social or ecological insight you feel is absent from most mycology-related dialogues? If yes, then we want to hear from you!
  • SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER! As a grassroots event, the RMC heavily relies on the support of volunteers to help the event go off without a hitch. If you’re interested in helping with a small or big role, considering signing up and helping make mycological history!

And be sure to follow along at the RMC’s Facebook event page to hear the latest announcements.


Radical Mycology Mixtape Video Now Streaming

Portland-based visual artist Ross Barmache offers up a nearly hour-long music video to accompany last December’s release of the Radical Mycology Mixtape (Vol. 1). Complimenting the various genres and moods found throughout the album, Barmache pulls together hundreds of obscure fungi-based clips from the last century to overlay each track with hand-picked visuals merged, color washed, and down sampled to their mycelial core. The effect is a way of seeing fungi that is familiar, yet novel – engaged, and hypnotic. Dig it.

To stream the album or to pickup a copy of the limited edition cassette tape, check out the Radical Mycology Bandcamp.


Radical Mycology Release Party and Livestream

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After months in the making, the first Radical Mycology Mixtape is dropping December 19! Celebrate with us in Portland, or via livestreaming on Facebook or Instagram.

This event will also be a fundraiser for MYCOLOGOS, a mycology school forming in Portland, which is running a Kickstarter campaign that ends Dec. 20.

Prize giveaways (in-person and through the livestream) of mycology courses, Radical Mycology books, and art!

Performances By:

Screening of music videos and narratives from the mixtape:

  • Two mushooms KNOCKING (Australia)
  • See Through Machine (Providence, RI)
  • The Curse of the Wild Morels (Ontario, Canada)
  • How Doth the CrocodileDJing by Northern Draw
    VJing by Ross Barmache

The event will take place at The Know (3728 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232). See the Facebook event page here.

Photo by Madeline Cass.


Mushroom Cultivation Courses and Soil Fungi Master Class

Starting this July, Peter McCoy will be hitting the road to leading several 20-hour Mushroom Cultivation & Application Courses across the U.S. Peter has been teaching about mushroom cultivation for over 10 years and as each year passes, this Course only gets more robust, thorough, and immersive.

If you’ve been thinking of getting into mushroom growing, or of taking your practice in the art to the next level, this Course will leave you well equipped to advance and evolve your work with fungi for years to come. Confirmed locations and dates are listed below, each with more information on what to expect.

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Soil Fungi Master Class

This August, Peter will also be joined by soil, compost, and bioremediation expert Nance Klehm in Chicago, Illinois for an unprecedented 7-day Master Class on the many functions of fungi in soil systems. Offering a skillset found nowhere else in the world, this Course will provide any food, fungi, and Earth lover with insights and practices for managing landscapes and designing holistic environments through the often overlooked lens of these hidden fungi. Starting with the ecology and forms of soil fungi, this Master Class will take participants through all the skills needed to identify, assess, isolate, cultivate, and apply many types of soil fungi in any habitat, both disturbed and intact. For more information, click the image below.


La Sémiosphères du Radical Mycology

This month, Peter McCoy and Radical Mycology are being featured in an international art-ecology exhibition at Le Commun in Geneva, Switzerland as a part of a month-long exhibition series entitled La Sémiosphère du Commun.

Over the course of three weeks, Peter held several workshops and presentations on his unique approach to working with and teaching about fungi and also worked in collaboration with filmmaker Marion Neumann and artist collaboratory Utopiana founder Anna Barseghian to design several installation components that were inspired by ideas presented in Peter’s book. Though the project just opened the other day, it has already some great local press in a few places so far. For all the details, check the video and images below and see the event’s full description at the bottom.

          Le commun mushroom bricks on coffee grounds

The impetus behind the whole exhibition series was to remediate the wooden bricks that make up the floor of the gallery. After denial from the government (which owns the building), the idea spawned into a larger series of questions about how to engage with fungi and other organisms to not just heal the environment, but learn from and recognize our relationship to it.

radical mycology mushroom switzerland lab installation The five main components were a mini-mushroom lab where liquid inoculum (culture) and spawn are produced, a mock oil spill, mycorediation of household waste, mycorediation of used cigarette filters, mycorediation of “bricks,” and a fruiting environment for mushroom growing. Click on the image for the full resolution panorama.

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In the mushroom lab, grains were inoculated on three separate dates, each 3 days apart, to demonstrate how quickly mushroom mycelium grows.

mushrooms-growing-on-cigarettesFollowing up on Peter’s novel approach to growing mushrooms on cigarette filters to degrade the chemicals they contain, part of the workshop series taught participants how to repeat the methodology Peter developed at home.

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Dozens of small vials were made. motor-oil-mycoremediation

Oil-soaked cardboard mixed with used coffee grounds, and mushroom mycelium. Over the coming weeks, the mycelium will digest the chemicals into simpler and (likely) less-toxic byproducts.

oil-spill-mycoremediationMimicking an oil spill, used motor oil was mixed with soil to then be remedaited by a mushrooms (the Pearl Oyster [Pleurotus ostreatus]). Pasteurized straw and mushroom mycelium were added and the timer set to see how long it would take for the mushroom to take over the substrate.moss-theramin

There were a ton of other amazing projects and exhibits as a part of the exhibition. Here, an open-source theramin is hooked up to pads of moss from various polluted sites, with their differing conductivity being translated into down sampled frequency generators.ipad-particle-detector

An employee from CERN demonstrated his hand-made emission detector hooked up to an iPad. As electrons, alpha, beta, or gamma particles are detected, the signal is translated into an audio signal with the Korg synthesizer (upper right). bacterial-cultures

Soil and water cultures from a lake in Romania polluted by a nearby aluminum processing facility.

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The project entitled « The Semiosphere of the Commun » emerges from the very space of Le Commun. We learned that in 2006 the Building Services entrusted the engineering-environment-safety company Ecoservices SA to carry out tests for pollutants potentially present at the BAC. In parallel, the STEB (Service de toxicologie de L’environnement bâti du Canton de Genève – the Service of Toxicology Service of the Built Environment, Geneva Canton) measured the quality of air in a number of spaces of the building. The laboratories tested the samples taken from the floors and the false ceilings for presence of heavy metals, PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and asbestos, and found an important level of hydrocarbon pollution in all surface samples taken from the wooden and screed floors, dating back and inherited from the industrial period of the building. The PAHs were also present and even released in more or less important quantities depending on temperature variations. Heavy metals were occasionally present in excess. The tests showed presence of asbestos in the glue used to fix the wooden floors on the ground floor as well as in the ceiling panels. The detected asbestos is non-porous and does not present a health hazard as long as it remains untouched. In conclusion, Ecoservices SA considers the site to be contaminated, but without danger for medium term occupants.

In its activities Utopiana is interested in questions and alternative methods of decontamination. In 2015 and as an interventionist artistic gesture, we submitted an in situ project to the Geneva authorities, which consisted in the partial decontamination of the floor of Le Commun by a remedial action thanks to mushrooms and phytomining.

We consider this situation to be an opportunity to enlarge the fields of knowledge so as to address more deeply the question of the environment. In fact, we want to conceive differently the very idea of the environment (Umwelt) so that it integrates different theoretical, institutional, and political factors and takes into account various pragmatic engagements.

Other than the knowledge of ecological processes, the solution to these problems also requires understanding of human behaviour because the semiotic aspects of the human-nature relationships that are important in this context and in others are not yet sufficiently understood or considered.

The scaffold that has been erected from the space of Le Commun presents itself as a “relational biosphere” which attempts to weave new frames uniting “two cultures”: the humanities and the arts on the one hand, and the technical and natural sciences on the other. Or, more generally – the union of the cultural fields and those dealing with natural phenomena. In order for us to understand and to act in the current ecological situation, we propose to consider human culture as a sphere of continuous interplay of signs – as a semiosphere, as an open entity which constantly influences and is being influenced – and to underline the importance of the processes of symbiosis at the interior and exterior limits of this semiosphere. Just as much as the biosphere is necessary for the existence of different terrestrial species, the semiosphere precedes the existence of meanings that populate it. Thus, Le Commun interlocks the real, physical space and the social, virtual one.

We must understand the similar dynamics that manifest themselves on all levels of the living (semiosphere, biosphere, Umwelt) in order to understand the rupture that man has created in his environment through the production and accumulations of materials that no longer partake in the recycling of elements of our ecosystem.

The concept of the semiosphere is considered in its relational capacity for a future of the ecology of thought, of subjectivity, of desire, of power, of affect – in short, of modes of existence.


Radical Mycology Book Tour Announced

 

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After several months of being out of stock, the book Radical Mycology is now back, this time in its glorious second printing! To celebrate, we are excited to announce the 2016 Radical Mycology Book Tour.

This fall, Peter McCoy is traveling across the U.S. to spread the myco-word about his newly published book, Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi. Peter will be stopping in over 40 cities to hold free presentations on the book’s many wide-ranging topics, covering everything from fungal ecology to mushroom cultivation to mycoremediation and much more. Interspersed throughout the tour Peter will also be holding 11 Mushroom Cultivation & Application Courses, freshly updated with the latest research and protocols. To see the exact locations and details of each stop, click on the image above.


Free Mushroom Cultivation & Application Webinar with Peter McCoy

Cultivation Webinar

Next Thursday, April 28th, Peter McCoy of the Radical Mycology Collective will be offering a free webinar on many of groundbreaking skills discussed in Radical Mycology, one of the most comprehensive books on fungi and mushroom cultivation ever written.

WORKING WITH FUNGI FOR GLOBAL RESILIENCE
April 28 at 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern)

Mycology is proving itself to be a nearly inexhaustible field for innovation. As new discoveries are constantly being made, there seems to be no end to what fungi can offer humans, their communities, and the environments they touch. In this talk, Peter will explore the wide range of ways to cultivate fungi and integrate them into our lives, homes, and landscapes. Along with detailing some of the most appropriate mycotechniques currently being developed, Peter will also unveil unprecedented protocols for accessibly growing edible and medicinal mushrooms as well as new learning opportunities for advancing the future of human-fungal relations.

This unique talk will be live streamed with the ability for viewers to chat with Peter directly and ask him questions from anywhere in the world. There will also be free book giveaways and special discounts offered to all viewers. To register for this paradigm-shifting talk, click here.


Two Free Mycology Webinars With Peter McCoy

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Next month, Peter McCoy will be offering two free webinars on many of groundbreaking topics discussed in Radical Mycology, one of the most comprehensive books on fungi and mushroom cultivation ever written. These unique talks will be live streamed with the ability for viewers to chat with Peter directly and ask him questions from anywhere in the world. There will also be free book giveaways and special discounts offered to all viewers. To register for this paradigm-shifting talk, click here.

 

SEEING FUNGI
April 14 at 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern)

Fungi are everywhere around us, creating and maintaining whole ecological webs. For many, learning to recognize these relationships is one of the most incredible and inspiring aspects of working with the fungal kingdom. In this presentation, Peter will walk through the critical ecological roles that fungi fulfill from the poles to the oceans and from the forests to the deserts. Along the way, Peter will detail how fungal ecologies have influenced the development human cultures throughout time, including a wealth of incredible evidence that he has uncovered on the importance of fungi in the origins and evolution of life. Whether you are new to mycology or well versed in the topic, this talk will leave you overwhelmed with fascination for the incredible fifth kingdom!

WORKING WITH FUNGI FOR GLOBAL RESILIENCE
April 28 at 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern)

Mycology is proving itself to be a nearly inexhaustible field for innovation. As new discoveries are constantly being made, there seems to be no end to what fungi can offer humans, their communities, and the environments they touch. In this talk, Peter will explore the wide range of ways to cultivate fungi and integrate them into our lives, homes, and landscapes. Along with detailing some of the most appropriate mycotechniques currently being developed, Peter will also unveil unprecedented protocols for accessibly growing edible and medicinal mushrooms as well as new learning opportunities for advancing the future of human-fungal relations.


Radical Mycology Featured in New Documentary

Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology was recently featured in a short documentary on the current rise in mycological culture in the west. As it happens, this film, just like the Radical Mycology Book, was also funded by a crowdfunding campaign. Oh, what a wonderful mycelial internet(work).

 

For more on the film maker, Madison McClintock, check out her website here.