A film by Heather Barnett (working with Physarum polycephalum)
A collaboration with ecoLogicStudio for Anthropocene Islands
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017http://2017.tab.ee/programm...
The true slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a nomadic information system. As it creeps across its terrain it makes continuous micro-decisions about surrounding atmospheric conditions and resource distribution. With no brain or central nervous system, nor any sensory organs, this amorphous cellular mass computes the complexities of its environment through chemical signals. It is a highly adaptive biological barometer.
In Heather Barnett’s film, made as an artistic interpretation of the modelling concepts of ecoLogicStudio which take centre stage in the Anthropocene Island exhibition, the slime mould interacts with the informational landscape of the peninsula. Resilient Topographies #1: the peninsula of Paljassaare is a symbolic response to the reimagined landscape, the slime mould adapting to the topography as it changes through time. Small plasmodia fuse together to form a critical mass, thereby improving its chances of survival through collective cooperation. Pulsing and flowing across the landscape, we follow the superorganism as it computes efficient routes and calculates dynamic networks. This is a tale of adaptive resilience, of biological strategising in a changing world.