Philip Ross Visiting Artist Lecture 7:30 pm 9/21

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice presents
A Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture


7:30 – 9 pm, Monday, September 21st, 2015
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

Philip Ross is an artist, inventor, and scholar whose research is focused on the design and technology of living systems. Philip’s innovations are globally recognized as foundational to the invention of Mycotecture, the practice of engineering with fungus. His work has recently been showcased by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, The Workshop Residence, the Moscow Biennale, and Germany’s Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Philip is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Bioengineering, and he is the CTO and co-founder of MycoWorks, which creates mycelium based biomaterials.

Phil Ross, "Wild Style", fungal mycelium.

Phil Ross, “Wild Style”, fungal mycelium.

“My art is driven by a life-long interest in biology. While I was terrible in high-school science and math my education about the life sciences emerged from a wide engagement with materials and practices. Through my work as a chef I began to understand biochemistry and laboratory methods; as a hospice caregiver I worked with life support technologies and environmental controls; and through my interest in wild mushrooms I learned about taxonomies, forest ecology and husbandry.

The creative projects I work on take a variety of forms, though all are based on research, experimentation and long term planning.  Recent work has included some videos about live cultures, experiments with growing fungal building materials, and founding and directing CRITTER- a salon for the natural sciences. These diverse projects stem from my fascination with the interrelationships between human beings, technology and the greater living environment.”

– Phil Ross

Please join us for a reception immediately following Philip Ross’ artist talk.

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