the mycological research playgroup* was an experiment in collaborative and experiential learning and research, and in concurrent creative practice and production. It was open to all inspired by mycological realms, including artists, writers, foragers, farmers, activists, scientists, anthropologists and educators.
The playgroup was hosted by the School of Apocalypse, a nomadic art school that examined connections between creative practice and notions of survival. Our formation was intentionally open-ended, and content and approach was decided by the collective, with the decentralized and interconnected structure and function of mycelium as our model.
* The concept of a “research playgroup” was inspired by the Matsutake Worlds Research Group, which founder Anna Tsing describes as a diverse group of academics who “convened to explore an anthropology of always-in-process collaboration.”