Walkshop – Unruly Renegades: Rethinking fungi and forests
Many of a forest’s vital processes happen beneath the soil, out of sight. However, their are clues to the clandestine collaborations between fungi and plants and animals. A fallen log provides a ‘forest archive’ of interactions. Each organism leaves its own ‘tracks and traces’ as well as hints as to how they interact. If we look closely we can see the workings of these organisms as they dismantle, recycle and covert wood to soil. This tuning to the interrelations between them provides a whole other way of thinking about and understanding the forest.
How do symbioses – or mycorrhizas as they are known – work and support soils and forests?
What other types of symbioses such as parasitism can we recognise and how do they also underpin healthy forests?
Forest ecosystems and their mycorrhizal networks also provide useful allegorical frameworks for re-imagining human societies. The decentralised nature of fungal mycelium can offer interesting insights for the emergence of new kinds of relationships and collaborations.
This walkshop takes us deep into the forest to discover its diversity, explore ideas and rethink fungus-forest lives.
This workshop is part of the Anthropogenic Soils Collaboratory.