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'Let's Become Fungal!' Workshop at The Wattis Institute

  • Let's Become Fungal! workshop with Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez and Jorge Menna Barreto
  • With a mushroom-based lunch by local artist and chef Leif Hedendal. 

What: Let's Become Fungal! Workshop
When: 27 april 2024, 10 AM–2 PM
Where: The Wattis Institute
Organised by: The Wattis Institute
Language: English 
Admission: Free, RSVP to to reserve a spot. 

In 2023 Mexico City-based curator and researcher Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez published Let’s Become Fungal!:Mycelium Teachings and the Arts, which shares innovative practices from Latin America and the Caribbean that are rooted in multispecies collaboration, symbiosis, alliances,non-monetary resource exchange, decentralization,bottom-up methods, and mutual dependency­—all in line with the behavior of the mycelium. Every chapter is phrased as a question. Based on the methodology of the book,Ostendorf-Rodríguez in collaboration with Brazilian artist Jorge Menna Barreto offers a four-hour workshop to delve deeper into one of the twelve questions posed by the book. From a Mycelial Meditation to a collective reading to a mushroom-based lunch conceived of and created by local artist and chef Leif Hedendal, this workshop will be of interest to anyone who wants to become more fungal in their ways of working, collaborating, and being.
It is limited to 15 participants on a first-come first-served basis.

Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez works as a curator and researcher on art and ecology She is based in Mexico-City.

Jorge Menna Barreto is a Brazilian artist and educator,whose practice and research have been dedicated to site-specific art for over 20 years. He is Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Leif Hedendal’s cuisine focuses on highly seasonal and underutilized vegetables, urban agriculture projects, and wildcrafted ingredients.

This is the sixth event in a year-long season season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Anicka Yi’s work.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to reflecting on this question through temporary exhibitions, public events, and in-depth research. It is part of California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Photo: Max Chuang