Human Mycelium Relation, solo project
Human-mycelium Relation focussed on researching the use of data in the form of a digital twin, a digital model of a physical item, to help define specifications for future human-non-human relations. Can we use data in the early stages of the design process with a living organism to protect it from unnecessary harm? To decrease the risk of harming the organism, a set of sensors inside the designed sensing wearable is used to gather data about the experience of human garments. For one week straight it has collected data about light intensity, temperature, and humidity. A dictaphone is used to collect sound fragments of various activities. This data is analysed and is translated onto the living mycelium in a controlled environment.
The non-human actor of this project was Mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative part of the fungi that live under the ground. Fungi describes any part of the categorisation classified kingdom of fungi which includes yeasts, moulds, and mushrooms. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of the fungi, they have spores which are the reproductive units that are spread by the mushroom bodies. The study of fungi is described as mycology (Money, 2004).