Where Rocks are Fed to Trees   2016

Video, Audio, Cloth, Wire, Rock Candy

A vast network of underground fungi run the largest mining operation on the planet. Scraping specific minerals out of rocks, they deliver them to plants, who need these nutrients to grow. Fungi are invited to tunnel directly into the cells of plants, where they trade their mined minerals for the sugars that plants make.

To experience scientific facts, which seem like fiction, the students and faculty of an art/science course have created this installation, which models a fungal tunnel inside a plant cell and their symbiotic exchange of goods. You are a fungal body particle on its way into the depth of a plant’s private parts. Delivering your mineral, you will be rewarded with sugar. Use it well, grow your network, and trade in peace.

Materials:: Four channel video installation with audio, fabric, wire, wood, dirt, rock candy, paper and geosmin.


Exhibited: Ohio State University Department of Art exhibition, Loving the Obligate Symbiont

Artists involved in Collaboration: Professor Iris Meier and Professor Amy Youngs, Trent Bailey, Brandon Ball, Katherine Beigel, Gaopeng Chen, Tyler Collins, Sarah Hockman, Shatae Johnson, Eric Lo, Jacob Markusic, Yoni Mizrachi, Julianne Panzo, Edwin Rice, Ethan Schaefer, Robert Ward.