Fantastic Fungi Futures

NOV 29, 6:00-8:00 PM
Fantastic Fungi Futures (FFF): a roundtable discussion and pop-up exhibition. Join us for a roundtable discussion; What are the potentials of fungi?
Our guests will share their research, as well as professional and artistic practice dealing with the taxonomy and the toxicology, the health benefits and the potentials for sustainability, as well as the artistic and architectural virtues of fungi and mushrooms. The Exhibition will feature photos and objects created by local and Canadian artists who have been working with mushrooms and fungi.

This discussion is in anticipation of the special screening of Fantastic Fungi at the HotDocs Cinema on Dec 1

Our guests:

James Scott- PhD, is a ARMCCM Professor and Head Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
UAMH Fungal Biobank: http://www.uamh.ca
University Profile: http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/scott-james-a/
Research Laboratory: http://individual.utoronto.ca/jscott
Commercial Laboratory: http://www.sporometrics.com

Marshall Tyler- Director of Research, Field Trip. Marshall is a scientist with a deep interest in psychoactive molecules. His passion lies in guiding research to arrive at a deeper understanding of consciousness with the ultimate goal of enhancing wellbeing. At Field Trip, he is helping to develop a lab in Jamaica to explore the chemical and biological complexities of psychoactive fungi.

Tosca Teran, aka Nanotopia, is a Multi-disciplinary artist. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, and The Toronto Design Exchange. Tosca has been awarded artist residencies with The Ayatana Research Program in Ottawa and The Icelandic Visual Artists Association through Sím, Reykjavik Iceland and Nes artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. In 2019 she was one of the first Bio-Artists in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre as part of the Alien Agencies Collective. A recipient of the 2019 BigCi Environmental Award at Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Blue Mountains. Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.
@MothAntler @nanopodstudio www.nanotopia.net

Nourin Aman is a PhD student at fungal biology and Systematics lab at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. She is currently a visiting PhD student at the Mycology lab, Royal Ontario Museum. Her research revolves around comparison between macrofungal biodiversity of some reserve forests of Punjab, Pakistan.
Her interest is to enlist all possible macrofungi of reserve forests under study and describe new species. She will be discussing factors which are affecting the fungal biodiversity in these reserve forests.

Sydney Gram Sydney is a student of the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Genome Biology programs at UofT, where she is conducting an independent research project on the biodiversity and host preferences of fungivorous insects. Her research interests include ecology, genomics, and the co-evolution of complex interactions between species, from symbiosis to parasitism.

Rotem Petranker, Director, Toronto Centre for Psychedelic Science. Rotem is currently a PhD student in York’s clinical psychology program. His main research interest is affect regulation, and the way it interacts with sustained attention, mind wandering, and creativity. Rotem is a founding member of the Psychedelic Studies Research Program at the University of Toronto, has published work on micro-dosing and presented original research findings on psychedelic research in several conferences. He feels strongly that the principles of Open Science are necessary in order to do good research, and is currently in the process of starting the first lab study of micro-dosing in Canada.

DEC. 1, 6:15 pm
the screening of Fantastic Fungi, at the HotDocs Cinema has SOLD OUT.

Some of us will be heading to Pauper’s Pub after the movie screening, just across from the HotDocs Cinema please join us to continue the fungi discussion!

DEC. 4, 7:00-9:00PM
Multi-species entanglements: Sculpting with Mycelium, @InterAccess, 950 Dupont St., Unit 1
This workshop is a continuation of ArtSci Salon’s Fantastic Fungi Futures event and the HotDocs screening of Fantastic Fungi.
this workshop is open to public to attend, however, pre-registration is required. $5.00 to form a mycelium bowl to take home.
RSVP here
https://bit.ly/352uGGK
During this workshop Tosca Teran introduces the amazing potential of Mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs and have the option to leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.

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