The Mycological Twist: MycoTV
MycoTV is a TV programme led by the Mycological Twist, a project led by Berlin-based artist duo Eloise Bonneviot and Anne de Boer in collaboration with artist Leslie Kulesh. This second iteration of MycoTV is developed in partnership with Mostyn.
Daily: 15 June – 19 June Live Streaming 6pm – 8pm BST (GMT+1)
PLEASE NOTE: KidsTV is suitable for children, but some of the content in other segments of MycoTV is not appropriate for a younger audience. Please also be aware that some video footage contains flashing lights.
15 June: Blue Monday
18:03 – Holly White Boat yard
18:04 – Rosanna Puyol nuit augmente
18:16 – Holly White Electricity Pylons
18:17 Marija Bozinovska Jones Self Optimization through embodied psilocybin reading. Programming by Jayson Haebich
18:43 – Holly White Forest spot
18:46 – Holly White Playthrough of Journey to nothing
16 June: Indoor Activism
18:03 – KIDS tv
18:05 – Juliette Desorgues Quarantine Diaries
18:13 – Dr. Sibani Roy and Lee Tiratira in conversation
18:46 – Juliet Jacques Aphorisms on Self-Care
17 June: Preppers 4 toilet paper
18:03 – NEMESIS (Emily Segal and Martti Kalliala) Heaven (Luxury = Death)
18:20 – Angharad Williams the Trout
18:31 – Hannah Lees The ships skim across the surface of the city landscape
18 June: Intimacy
18:03 – Lola Olufemi what will you sacrifice? quick. Quick.
“with thanks to Christina Sharpe, Jose Muñoz, Ernst Bloch and The Out of the Woods Collective for providing thinking to be built on, contested, turned upside down.”
18:15 – Clay AD Call in…
19:00 – Dylan Huw Syntrap
19 June: Household Ecologies
18:03 – Hamja Ahsan Solitary Solidarity
18:29 – Huw Lemmey FERMENTATION
18:39 – Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė Gusła (Pentatonic)
18:46 – Rosanna Puyol nuit augmente (echo)
This programme was developed prior to the current Black Lives Matter protests happening around the world. We do not wish to distract from the important actions and conversations happening in support of the movement. We have decided to go ahead with the programme as we believe it will provide useful points of discussion and tools towards this important movement, through its focus on issues of care, solidarity, community and activism. The programme will include a contribution by local community activists Dr. Sibani Roy and Lee Tiratira who are doing important anti-racist work in North Wales.
Information about ways to help support and further the current protest movement will be shared throughout the programme. Donations will be made to Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales http://eyst.org.uk/ and NWAMI https://www.nwami.org.uk/. We encourage you to follow and support these organisations.
The programme also seeks to address the different struggles that have emerged from the Coronavirus crisis, and to form a sense of solidarity and care across communities. The broadcasts will feature critical reflections from disciplines such as art, writing, music, design and activism. The programme comprises a series of talks, workshops, readings and music, using the concept of ‘SlowTV’ as a starting point.
As a tribute to the wild goats that have, since lockdown, begun to roam freely in the streets of Llandudno, MycoTV operates as a momentary herd. Not one that becomes immune, but a homebound and continuously infectious herd. It is a herd that is soft and gentle, that can share a moment of caress through collective virtual convening.
The programme will be broadcast online daily from 6pm – 8pm BST. Each episode will be divided into segments: KIDStv, DIYtv, THEORYtv, FICTIONtv and SLOWtv. Each day will focus on a different topic, inspired by issues and questions that have arisen from the current crisis: Blue Mondays, Preppers 4 Toilet Paper, Indoor Activism, Household Ecologies, and Intimacy.
Participants include: Clay AD, Hamja Ahsan, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Dylan Huw, Juliet Jacques, Hannah Lees, Huw Lemmey, Nemesis (Emily Segal and Martti Kalliala), Lola Olufemi, Rosanna Puyol, Dr. Sibani Roy, Lee Tiratira, Holly White, Angharad Williams.
The Mycological Twist is formed of Berlin-based artists Eloise Bonneviot and Anne de Boer and operates both as a fixed mushroom garden and as a nomadic project. Since 2019 the garden has been located on a balcony in Berlin. The projects initiated by the Mycological Twist can be seen as a place to investigate the cycle of deterioration and regeneration happening in zones of Dark Ecology.
Clay AD was born in Indianapolis Indiana and now lives in Berlin where they are a somatic body-worker, tarot reader, artist and writer. In their interdisciplinary practice they honour and explore illness, ecology, science fiction, transformation and the politics of care under capitalism — by themselves, collectively and with their clients. Their first novel, “Metabolize, If Able” is available through Arcadia Missa Press UK and was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. They writing has been published by Pilot Press, Futures Journal, Hematopoiesis Press, and Monster House Press. They have led somatic and writing workshops at NGBK Berlin, Galerie Gemeinde Köln and Shedhalle Zurich, and read internationally including at the Institute for Contemporary Arts London.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London and Maastricht. He is the author of the book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, and recently awarded the Grand Prize at Ljubljana Biennial 2019 for the art work Aspergistan Referendum based on it. He is founder and co-curator of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, zines and independent publishing since 2013. He was shortlisted for the Liberty human rights award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign on extradition and detention without trial under the War on Terror. He is currently working on a project on the role of zines in the Hillsborough Justice campaign, Britain’s largest police cover up. He is currently a resident artist at Jan Van Eyck Academy 2020-2021 in Netherlands. He is on the editorial board of the Radical Mental Health magazine Asylum .
Marija Bozinovska Jones explores links between social, computational and organic architectures. Probing selfhood from subatomic level to networked presence on planetary scale and beyond, her work unpacks cryptic ways of forging subjectivity.
The ‘Self Optimization’ public event series initiated by Jones considers the biopolitical underpinnings of productivity strive. Previous events have engaged contributors from the fields of behavioural economics, AI/ neuroscience and buddhism, where the participatory formats introduced concept metaphors through raindrop cake and yin practice among others.
Bozinovska Jones has presented work at transmediale/ Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Sonic Acts Academy in Amsterdam, Tate Exchange/ Tate Modern, Furtherfield and Somerset House in London, where she currently holds a studio residency.
Juliette Desorgues is a curator and writer. Recent projects include, amongst others, the exhibitions ‘This future is unthinkable. Yet here we are, thinking it’, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, 2019; ‘Hypersea’, artmonte-carlo, Monaco, 2018, and the exhibition and publication ‘Helen Johnson: Warm Ties’, Artspace, Sydney and ICA, London, 2018. She studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vienna and University College London.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė are an artist duo based in Basel (CH). Gawęda and Kulbokaitė work within a variety of media ― spanning video, performance, installation, fragrance, sculpture and photography. Both are graduates of the Royal College of Art, London, and the founders of the extended serial project YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013- ). The artists have exhibited internationally including presentations at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (solo); Trafo Gallery, Budapest (solo); Fri Art/ Kunsthalle Fribourg (solo); Futura Gallery, Prague (solo); Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Lucas Hirsch Gallery, Düsseldorf (solo); HKW, Berlin; Spazio Maiocchi, Milan; ANTI – 6th Athens Biennial; Cell Project Space, London (solo); Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MMOMA, Moscow; 13th Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; ICA, London; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (solo); Berlin Biennale 9; among others. Upcoming exhibitions of the duo include solo presentations at: Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf and OnCurating, Zurich. In 2020-2021, Gawęda and Kulbokaitė will be in residence at La Becque (CH) and Alserkal (UAE).
Dylan Huw is a writer from Aberystwyth living in Cardiff. His fiction and criticism, written mostly in Welsh, usually involves some reassemblage or reconsideration of pre-existing artworks, histories and texts. He also works in artist development for National Theatre Wales, and has an M.A. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. | Mae Dylan Huw yn sgwennwr o Aberystwyth sy’n byw yng Nghaerdydd. Mae ei ffuglen a’i feirniadaeth ran amla’n cynnwys rhyw elfen o ail-gymysgu neu ail-edrych ar foments hanesyddol, gweithiau a deunyddiau sydd eisioes yn bodoli. Mae hefyd yn gweithio i National Theatre Wales, ac mae ganddo M.A. mewn Diwylliannau Gweledol o brifysgol Goldsmiths.
Juliet Jacques (b. Redhill, Surrey, 1981) is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She has published two books, most recently Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), which was runner-up in the Polari First LGBT Book Award in 2016. Her short fiction and essays have been included in several anthologies, and her journalism and criticism has been published in Granta, Sight & Sound, Frieze, The Guardian, The London Review of Books and many other places. She has made two short 16mm films: Approach/Withdraw (2016) with artist Ker Wallwork, and You Will Be Free (2017), both of which have screened in galleries and festivals across Europe. In summer 2018, she was Artist in Residence at the Izolyatsia cultural platform in Kyiv, where she directed a 30-minute documentary entitled Revivification: Art, activism and politics in Ukraine (2018).
Hannah Lees (b. 1983, Kent, UK) lives & works in London and Margate, UK. Hannah Lees’ work investigates ideas of cycles, constancy and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings. This constancy, be it in religion, science, history or in organic matter, is visible in her practice through her attempts to make sense of and recognise traces of life. Traditional processes, materials and rituals are often reworked to explore how ideas and beliefs can live, die and be reborn across times and cultures.
She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma at Chelsea College of Art, London, UK (2011) and completed a Foundry Residency at the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2012).
Previous Exhibitions: Hannah Lees & Spencer Lewis, ltd los angeles, Sunday Art Fair, London, UK (two-person); Gasworks’ International Fellowship Programme, Pivô, São Paulo, BR; “and I’ll have my pepper shaker in my cave, so laugh”, Ltd Los Angeles, LA, US (group); If it’s not meant to last then it’s performance, VITRINE, Basel, CH (group). Current & Forthcoming: I Have Eaten It, Open Space Contemporary, Platform Southwark, London (group); Make an appearance with a view to their disappearance, Florence, IT (solo).
Huw Lemmey is a writer and author. He writes on culture, politics and sexuality, and is the author of a novel, Chubz The Demonization of my Working Arse and Red Tory My Corbyn Chemsex Hell both published by Montez Press. He has written for Architectural Review, Guardian, Tribune, Art Monthly, the New Humanist, Rhizome, and L’Uomo Vogue, amongst others.
Nemesis is an alternative design and strategy consultancy founded in 2017 by Emily Segal and Martti Kalliala, with nodes in Berlin, Los Angeles and Helsinki.In addition to client work, Nemesis produces self-initiated, multi-disciplinary research on network technology, subculture, urbanism, design, fashion, speed, language, and death.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer, organiser and researcher from London. She thinks a lot about uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship with futurity. She is the author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020) and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.
Rosanna Puyol (b. 1991, France) is a poet, publisher and curator based in Paris. Her practice, as a writer and editor, includes the organisation of reading groups and translation workshops.
Co-founder of the independent press Brook, she coordinates translations into French of texts by authors such as Laura Mulvey, Shulamith Firestone, Cecilia Pavon, José Esteban Muñoz, Stefano Harney & Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman. Rosanna collaborated with artists and curators on solo and group exhibitions, performance and video programmes, in galleries and artist-run spaces in London, Rome, Glasgow, Brussels and Paris.
Dr Sibani Roy was born in India and arrived in the UK in 1981 to complete full membership of then Hotel Catering and Institutional Management (now Institute of Hospitality),UK and eventually she became a fellow. She came to South Wales in 1991 as a Care Home resident Manager then to North Wales in 1996 to study Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontology at Bangor University. Thereafter she studied in Medical Ethics at Keele University and eventually obtained a doctorate Degree in Medical Ethics. With this in mind she set up NWAMI (North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration) in 2011 and organised cultural events, workshops, seminars etc. with an ultimate outcome promoting community cohesion, tolerance to others and to reduce hate crime. As its founder she has tirelessly worked to promote cross cultural engagement through Art, Music, Dance Literature and Language.
Lee Tiratira has been working for Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team since October 2018. Prior to this position, he was teaching PSE across secondary schools in Denbighshire via the European Union’s TRAC Engagement and Learning Programme. Lee is an active Youth advocate and activist and is supporting young people to access opportunities that have impact in the wider community. Lee is currently managing Cultures Youth Club in Wrexham, a Youth-led initiative to raise awareness about the many ethnicities, national identities and cultures present in Wales, and the All Wales EU Citizens Rights Project that supports EU nationals to secure their rights to live, work and study in Wales post-Brexit. The BME CYP Wales project, funded through the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Social Services Funding, supports Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in Wrexham and North Wales. Empowering BME young people, families and communities to contribute, integrate and feel part of Wales.
Holly White is an artist currently living and working in Glasgow.She works in a range of media including installation, sculpture, video, computer games and websites.
Angharad Williams is an artist and writer who lives and works between Wales and Germany. Recent projects have taken place at Josey, Norwich; KW, Berlin; Haus Zur Liebe, Schaffhausen; Barbara Weiss, Berlin; Croy Nielsen, Vienna; No Bounds Festival, Sheffield; Peak, London and Radiophrenia, Glasgow.