Courtesy of The Mycological Twist
A treasure lays dormant under thick layers of earth. A scent barely making it to the surface, undetectable to human senses, but incredibly present to the powerful sniffer beings among us. A root, a bulb, perhaps a fungi of some kind. Let this be the treasure that fulfills the feeling of an empty stomach that I feel for a while now. As a year went by, it has left me exhausted. Forcefully I have been hibernating while in hypertension and alertness to try to get a sense of ever changing circumstances. Let this find be the one, that once and for all changes my fortune to the better…
Broadcasted over five days, MycoTV returns for its third edition featuring commissions by Zoë Claire Miller, Philipp Timischl, Mona Varichon in collaboration with Jacob Eisenmann and Bruno Zhu. Expect themes ranging from a survey of the life of three Polly Pocket dolls to an homage to reality TV; an exploration of the Cité internationale des arts in Paris to the daily dramas of a rich variety of animal protagonists and a road trip through a pre-pandemic United States.
Jacob Eisenmann (*1991) lives and works in Paris and Los Angeles. His work has been shown latterly at in lieu and Bad Reputation in Los Angeles, and at 7, rue Ricaut in Paris. He has recently published a book with Apogee Graphics entitled Haggadah 2020.
Zoë Claire Miller is a sculptor and organizer based in Berlin. Miller’s art in the media of sculpture, installation, or performative drawing engages with body politics, sensuality, tactility, queer theory, flora & fauna and the joint use of negative and positive space. In past exhibitions she has explored themes like the martyrdom of St. Agnes (the patron Saint of the #metoo movement), female masturbation as a metaphor for creative production, the emancipatory potential of lost knowledge on contraceptive and abortive herbs, the disintegration of the body as a pleasurable experience, or the water cooler as a site of resistance via gossip.
Formally, she aims to produce new shapes that reflect how entities, bodies and matters can be activated in a non-patriarchal manner: allowing things to drip, dribble, spread, hover, pool, be a mist, or a smell; showing the self as a site of pleasure & humor. She is interested in dissolving the boundaries of authorship in order to negate the art-historical cliché of the lone creative genius & the contemporary specter of neoliberal, ultracompetitive modes of production. She is also very interested in the reciprocal entanglements of interspecies relationships. Her collaborative work, notably with Brazilian sculptor Juliana Cerqueira Leite, draws on “autocoscienza femminista” (after Carla Lonzi) as an act of creating artistic situations and experiences together as a means of developing a truly feminist subjectivity.
She's a spokeswoman of the bbk berlin (professional association of visual artists Berlin), which is primarily focused on political issues concerning artists’ rights, work conditions and infrastructure on a local/national level, but is also active in the transnational struggles of gender equality, antifascism, et al.
Philipp Timischl’s (*1989 Austria, living in Paris) expansive multimedia installations combine found and self-produced materials to build narrative structures. Balancing between documentation and fiction, between the private and public spheres, they play with intimacy and self-reference. Major themes in his art include the lasting influence of our roots, exclusion, and queerness in relation to social classes as well as the power dynamics between art, artist, and audience.
Since studying in Frankfurt, Städelschule and graduating from the Academy of fine Arts in Vienna, he recently had solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna; Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg; Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna and Rome; Vilma Gold, London; Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt; Künstlerhaus Graz. His work was shown in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern; Dortmunder Kunstverein; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Luma Foundation, Zürich; Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Serpentine Gallery, London;
Mona Varichon is an artist and translator living in Paris, currently in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Recent and upcoming exhibitions of her work include BQ (Berlin, Germany), Cocotte (Treignac, France) The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL), u’s (Diamond Valley, Canada), CAPC musée d’art contemporain (Bordeaux, France), High Art (Paris, France), Redcat (Los Angeles, CA) and The Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood, CA). She is currently translating the memoirs of American underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar into French, to be released by her publishing house Varichon & Cie.
Bruno Zhu lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent projects include presentations at UKS in Oslo, Fragile in Berlin, Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, EXILE in Vienna, Antenna Space in Shanghai and Kunsthalle Lissabon in Lisbon. Zhu is a member of A Maior, a curatorial program set in a home furnishings and clothing store in Viseu, Portugal.
The Mycological Twist is a project by Eloïse Bonneviot and Anne de Boer, both based in Berlin. They take mycology as a source of inspiration in engaging with ecological and social practices. Their point of interest extends through the mushroom fruiting body into the rotting matter deep below ground level. DIY methods are woven into digital cultures to construct utopias for alternative modes of living. The Mycological Twist started in 2014 in London. Since then, the materialization of the research results in a program of commissions, lectures, camping sessions, performances and works.
Recent projects include: MycoTV, with Mostyn, Llandudno, UK; Bergen Assembly, Bergen, NO; Human-Free Earth, U-jazdowski, Warsaw, PL; The Artist Studio 2.0, Roundtable with Cory Scozzari, Royal Academy, London UK; Escaping the Digital Unease, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal CH.