bio-analogic computation

Mycelium is a living agent-system. The hemp fiber structure built here connects two plexiglass plates and It provides a good substrate to mycelium growth. Result shows a redundant and hyper connected system: a fibrous composite material made of (and by) mycelium.

> Benchmark.

Sequential operations
  • design and lasercut plates: plexiglass, diameter 75/88 mm, thickness 3mm (thanks to MakeInBo)
  • build hemp structures: distance between plates 15cm
  • put the structure in a glass jar with some ml of water
  • autoclave, 121°C – 20′
  • (bio)plastic #2.1.2 spread on fibers
  • inoculate with POS1 – Pleurotus Ostreatus (5 infected wheat grains)
  • growth in a dark room at 22.5°C for 12 days > image
Sample #3.1.1 – bio-analogic computation _ mycelium tectonics

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Hemp structure – benchmark

After latest and satisfying inVitro results (1, 2), some simple structures eneble the possibility to investigate the 3th dimension. These “benchmark” are a kind of analogic computation to understend and finally explore mycelium tectonics, architecturally speaking.

Sequential operations
  • design and lasercut the wood structure: poplar, diameter 60mm, thickness 4mm (thanks to MakeInBo)
  • build hemp structures: distance between plates 10cm
  • 24h in water (this step involved fiber bending and volume reduction)
  • autoclave, 121°C – 20′
  • (bio)plastic #2.1.2 spread on fibers > image
  • inoculate with POS1 – Pleurotus Ostreatus (one infected wheat grain)
  • put the structure in a glass jar with some ml of water to ensure humidity > image
  • growth in a dark room at 22.5°C for 16 days > image

#3.0.1B – “gravity”

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#3.0.2B – “double plate linear”

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#3.0.3B – “double plate open”

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#3.0.4B – “double plate bend&torsion”

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