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The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material
Artist Maurizio Montalti will be exhiting his Future of Plastic exhibit next month at the Fondazione PLART in Napoli, Italy. His exhibit embodies a vision of what plastics are going to look like in the future, and one of the main components he uses is fungi. He follows the evolution of “cultivated” objects by introducing fungal organisms (mushrooms!) to materials like fiberd or agricultural waste. The fungi evolves into an intricate network of mycelium filaments, creating a binding material that holds the building agents together, creating a completely new object. This process could be compared to slow 3D printing in which the speed of printing corresponds to the fungi’s natural growing speed.
Where: Fondazione PLART, Via G. Martucci 48, 80121 Napoli (IT), www.fondazioneplart.it
When: Official opening on Thursday, July 10th, 2014, at 6 pm; Runs to 27 September, 2014. Tuesday to Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM
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