Following in the French tradition of Café Philosophique, Café Champignon brings the curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi into active conversation.
Fungi have aroused both delight and fear across the centuries, around the globe. The so-called mushrooms and toadstools have captured imaginations due to their qualities of edibility and toxicity, hallucinogenicity and ephemerality. Some cultures even believed them to have supernatural powers.
This illustrated and interactive seminar explores the fascinating histories that have seen fungi feature in fantasies and forgotten in conservation. In particular, it demonstrates how fungi provide the vital links that underpin our functioning planet.
Between 2012 and 2016, local ecologist and environmental photographer, Alison Pouliot, spent a thousand days in the forests of a dozen countries to search for the answer to one question – why are fungi regarded so differently to other forms of life? Alison will share her experiences and show how fungi might provide literal and allegorical frameworks for more innovative ways of thinking about the living world.
Signed copies of Alison’s new book, The Allure of Fungi will be available for purchase.
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