Phil Ross

Myco-Cosmos

 
Myco-Cosmos
 

Fathomers invites you to join us for MYCO-COSMOS, a guided exploration of biology, space travel and the interconnected universe led by famed mycologist Paul Stamets, with live accompaniment by new age musical legend Laraaji. 

Conceived as part of our ongoing collaboration with artist/mycologist Phil Ross to grow spacesuits and other astronautical provisions from fungal, mycelium-based materials, this outdoor performance aims to inspire an evening of ecstatic learning about how organisms move through the world — those vast, strange trips — and convey an alternative approach to the typical visualization and modeling of organic phenomena. 

MYCO-COSMOS takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N. Spring St., in Los Angeles). It is free and open to the public.

Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees are welcome to bring blankets and chairs into the park.

ASL interpretation will be provided. 

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About the Presenters 

Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is the author of six books, including Psilocybin Mushrooms of the WorldMycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. He has received numerous awards, including the Mycological Society of America’s Gordon and Tina Wasson Award — for attracting more students to the field of mycology than anyone in history — and was named a 2014-2015 Invention Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His influence is also visible in pop culture: Starfleet astromycologist Lt. Paul Stamets (portrayed by actor Anthony Rapp) now appears in the 2017 Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS. 

Laraaji Nadabrahmananda is a meditator, laugh-master and cosmic musician who has performed in Europe, Asia and in the United States with his specially designed electric zither. He also uses the African Mbire, piano, synthesizers, hand drums, percussions, Tibetan gong, and voice in his presentations. Early collaboration with producer Brian Eno led to Laraaji's first internationally distributed recording, Ambient #3: Day of Radiance. He has performed and released albums consistently since the late 1970s. 

About Phil Ross

As an artist, Phil Ross has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology; as a bioengineering scholar at Stanford University, he’s working to develop an internet of biological things. He’s also co-founder and CEO of MycoWorks, a start-up that turns mycelium (the threadlike, vegetative part of mushrooms) into building bricks and leather — where he’s poised to revolutionize the materials industry with bio-design.

SCIENCE SPEED DATING

On June 28, at NeueHouse Hollywood, Fathomers co-presented Science Speed Dating—7 top scientists giving 7-minute talks on their latest developments and game-changing work—with the Science and Entertainment Exchange (a National Academy of Arts and Sciences program) and the Museum of Imagined Futures.

Fathomers enlisted as presenters two visionary thinkers who commingle fields of science and art: Tahir Hemphill, data sculptor and rap researcher; and Phil Ross, aforementioned inventor and founder of MycoWorks.

Tahir’s “Hip-Hop Word Count” database collects information from the lyrics of hundreds of thousands of rap songs since 1979, permitting language analysis related to, for example, syntax, sentiment, and rhyme. As a hip-hop corpus, it forms the basic text for the Rap Research Lab, an educational curriculum and youth program founded by Tahir—and for his own artistic practice, as well. In his latest project, Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement, Tahir isolates geographic data specific to 12 artists, converts that data into a system of geo-coordinates, and then uses those coordinates to direct the movements of an industrial robot arm, ultimately producing abstract sculptural forms. Commissioned by California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, the show runs September 5 through October 14 at CCA’s Hubbell Street Galleries.

 
 

FATHOMERS BUY-A-BRICK CAMPAIGN

We've launched our first-ever fundraising effort: the Fathomers Buy-a-Brick Campaign, featuring sculptural mycelium objects that MycoWorks' Phil Ross taught us how to grow. We aren't building any walls, though -- which means that when you contribute $100 or more via this link, we send the artist-produced, limited-edition, bio-magical brick straight to you!

Image credit: Carson Davis Brown

Image credit: Carson Davis Brown

On Mycotecture: Breakfast with Phil Ross

Wednesday, Nov. 2
9-10:30 a.m., at NeueHouse Hollywood

As an artist, Philip Ross has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, MoMA and the Museum of Jurassic Technology; as a bioengineering scholar at Stanford University, he’s working to develop an internet of biological things. He’s also co-founder and CTO of MycoWorks, a start-up that turns mycelium (the threadlike, vegetative part of mushrooms) into building bricks and leather – where he’s poised to revolutionize the materials industry with his carbon-neutral, chemical-free, organic, biodegradable and fully sustainable designs. Join us for this casual breakfast discussion presented by Fathomers, a philanthropic research institute dedicated to reshaping the realm of the possible, and hear why fungus is the future. 
RSVP is required and space is limited.

Contact yes@fathomers.org to inquire about availability. 

 
Mycoworks, "Fungus Brick". Fungal mycelium. Image courtesy of Mycoworks.

Mycoworks, "Fungus Brick". Fungal mycelium. Image courtesy of Mycoworks.