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Human – Nature – Design – MYCOsystem

Wood is something we know all about—or do we? MYCOsystem is an extraordinary project that reveals the secret world of interspecies relations and invites us to look under our feet and dig even deeper. Furthermore, it gives a new meaning to contemporary design. The exhibition, which was showcased during the XXII Triennale di Milano, was curated by, among others, Maciej Siuda – architekt, wykładowca School of Form.

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What we did and where we showed it:

  • The MYCOsystem exhibition, combining design and ecology, represented Polish design at the XXII Triennale di Milano in 2019. A year later, it was showcased in Kordegarda. Gallery of the National Centre for Culture in Warsaw. The MYCOsystem is a study of just one material—wood—as seen from the vantage point of a variety of species. Humans perceive timber as a construction material, while for fungi, it constitutes a food source. It may also be considered a part of a living plant, an organism with a potential for symbiotic coexistence. The wooden installation illustrates the role of trees and timber as organisms, parts of the ecosystem, and inhabitants of our planet. By inviting us to look not only at the world above the surface but also underground, the MYCOsystem encourages us to change our perspective.

Why we did it:

  • This exhibition is a Polish response to the change of perspective in contemporary design. At the same time, it is a universal reflection on reconstructing the relations between humans and other species.

What is the main idea:

  • The MYCOsystem is partly a poetic reflection on the relationship between humans and other species, partly an experiment, and partly a test bed for exploring a new approach to design and production—one that would disrupt the natural circulation of matter as little as possible. The MYCOsystem introduces a different approach to interspecies relations: rather than imitate or harness nature to design, we should employ natural processes taking place throughout the entire life cycle of an object. That means that humans should abandon their anthropocentric control over nature.