MYCONNECT (Interactive installation, 2013)

Myconnect provides the experience of a symbiotic connection between humans, nature and technology. The viewers become players by lying down in a capsule, equipped with a headset and body sensors that measure their heartbeat. These data are modulated and transmitted to a closed world of mycelium culture (mushroom spawn), producing changes in it by means of elec- tric resistors. These variations in turn generate signals, sent back to the participant by means of vibrations, sound and light. Each cycle differs according to whether the experience is stimu- lating or soothing. This type of perceptive exchange enabled by technology reveals how far human beings are an integral part of the complex system linking them to their environment.

Producer : Kapelica Gallery, Slovenia (2013) / Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture and ŠOU – Ljubljana.

Saša Spačal, Mirjan Švagelj and Anil Podgornik

Sasa_SpacalAnil_PodgornikMirjan_SvageljBorn in 1982, Mirjan Švagelj has a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Ljubljana. Born in 1978, Saša Spačal is a multimedia artist and graphic designer. Born in 1981, Anil Podgornik is passionate about electronics and physics. The three joined forces for the project Myconnect, and all collaborate regularly on creations at the crossroads of art and neuroscience, presented at international exhibitions and digital art festivals. The “Myconnect” project was given an honorary mention at the last edition of the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica 2015.

  • © Damjan Švarc / Kapelica gallery photo archive

  • © Saša Spačal / courtesy of the artist

  • © Damjan Švarc / Kapelica gallery photo archive


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