[ISEA2023] Paper: Julien Ottavi & Jenny Pickett — Motherplants, Mycelium network and artistic research


Short Paper. Theme Bioart – Biodesign Subtheme Symbiotic Imaginaries

Since 2015 we have been working on the use of organic organisms such as plants and fungi in the processes of recycling ewaste and how these systems create feedback audio signal transmission using moisture and decomposition of the circuit boards. Two projects with differing relations to mycelium, networks and audio diffusion were proposed : Motherplants as new computing experience and Biofeedback installation as a way to create an art installation or a performance using bioelectrical signal. This paper engages with the notions of symbiosis and mutation of existing technologies to explore new ways of interaction with recycling, art research and implementation of new network model based on mycelium communication cooperation system.

Is it an anti-cybernetic process we are developing? What if spores could calculate? What is a fungal network? Can we operate a mutation between electronics and mycelium? Can we generate power from these installations?

  • Jenny Pickett‘s practice crosses: sculpture, sound, drawing, video, interactivity and performance. This plurality of mediums garner layers of meaning, she often explores her subject through the influences of sound upon the gaze and visa versa, altering both sonic and visual counterparts, asking the viewer rethink their encounter with the oeuvre. Pickett’s preoccupation lies at the point at which technology (new or ancient) becomes the landscape or the body by accumulating their prior states, our prior norms. Pickett is a member of the Artists collective APO33 and she is currently teaching art and Techniques for representation at The Nantes School of Architecture (ensa), France. She is also Phd candidate at Cyprus University of Technology’s Media art and Design Lab, Her thesis is : Do it with others (DIWO), Methodologies for artistic production and education. http://jennypickett.art/doku.php
  • Julien Ottavi (FR) is a media activist, artist-researcher, composer, musician, poet and tongue destroyer, experimental filmmaker and anarchitect, founder and member of Apo33, Julien Ottavi is involved in research and creative work, combining sound art, real-time video, new technologies and body performances. Since 1997, he has developed composition work using voice and its transformation through computers. Active developer of audio/visual programs with Puredata, he has also developed for many years DIY electronics (radio transmitters, oscillators, mixers, amplifiers, video transmitters…etc) in the perspective of knowledge sharing on technological development. Main developer for the Gnu/Linux operating system APODIO for digital art and A/V & streaming diffusion. His practice is not limited to the art spheres but crosses different fields from technological development to philosophy / theoretical research, biomimetic analysis & experimentation. For many years he has reflected on the relations between experimental practices and collective practices within the creation of autonomous collective groups, putting in question the authorship strategy of the “art ideology”.