Field Note No. 1
“Scientists have discovered what could be the largest and oldest living organism on earth, an individual mightier than the blue whale, the giant sequoia tree or such past pretenders to size supremacy as the dinosaur.…the finding will force biologists to rethink their assumptions about what constitutes an individual, a fundamental problem in the study of the natural world and its ecosystems. Scientists normally view a single organism as something bound by a type of skin, whether of animal flesh or plant cellulose. But fungi grow as a network of cells and threadlike elements whose boundaries are not always clear.” (The New York Times April 2, 1992)
“It’s a limitation to be bound by the three dimensional body. So, reconfigure the three dimensional body into a cellular body — instead of thinking Deborah Hay, I think 384 trillion cells at once.”
- Deborah Hay
Field Note No. 2
Gary Lincoff speaking about fungi as the oldest living organism on the planet… Download MP3
Recorded at Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake, PA – Sept. 7, 2009
Field Note No. 3
Why Should You Care about Mushrooms?
- Paul Stamets says they will save the world (he’s got them eating oil spills). Read his book Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the World and his presentation at TED Talks.
- John Cage thought mushroom hunting improved your ability to be present, observe and understand indeterminacy. (NY Times Article – Sounds and Mushrooms PDF)
- Allan Kaprow and John Cage met at the New School in Cage’s mushroom class.
- Mushroom growing media can be used as a sculptural material – insulation for buildings.
- Mushrooms taste good and can be found in the woods for free.
- When else is identification and visceral knowledge such a risky business for body and mind?
(List Compiled by Caroline Woolard)
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Field Note No. 5
Above at the Middle – Rehearsal
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Field Note No. 7
Walking Like forest
Field Note No. 8
Radical Mycology Zine
Field Note No. 9
Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
Field Note No. 10
Mushroom Halloween Flyer
Field Note No. 11
Below at the Middle
Field Note No. 12
A Family Portrait
Field Note No. 13
The Wall Washers
Gary Lincoff, March 3rd, 2010 Listen (MP3)
Field Note No. 14
Below At the Middle (For below Washington Square Park)
I. Fenced off /Chopping up
II. Heating up /Breathing trees
III. Cooking/ Fountain
(repeat in or out of order as necessary)
Performers: Yuko Mitsuishi, Jackie Dodd, Caroline Woolard, Monique Milleson, Shinohara Kensaku, Chrisopher Kennedy, Cassie Thorton, Athena Kokoronis, Juliette Marchina
Costumes: Leila Hekmat
Field Note No. 15
Above at the Middle
Conversations at the Flea StrataSpore dances