MycoPlanters + MycoSculpting kits

Mushroom grown planters and MycoSculpting kits will be available this July at the studio for curb-side pick-up! Or maybe just swing by to say Hello 🙂 and check out the Mycelium

Each planter is cultivated with love and care over 2 weeks.

Planters are $10CAD and Kits start at $20CAD

Midnight Mushroom Music Live

Hello out there!

Hope you and your loved ones are well (all things considered).
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Join Nanotopia on their live streaming Fungi spaceship as they journey beyond the Oort Cloud! Saturday, March 28 11PM EST
Chill out & relax into the mycelium network.
More info:
Mycelium bio-sonification through modular synthesis.
Electrodes are placed within Ganoderma lucidum & Pleurotus ostreatus which sense micro fluctuations in conductivity. This biodata is translated to MIDI & CV so Humans can hear the Fungi frequency.

MIDI Bio-Sonification Module Building workshop March 19th OR April 26th w/added Touchpad creation

Collaborate sonically with non-human organisms around you. Hook the module up to yourself, or friends and use your bio-data musically, visually (MAX/Processing, etc), control a game (Unity/OSC) and more!

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March 19th workshop
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Sunday, April 26 w/touchpads

Workshop participants receive step by step guidance putting together their Modules and help in understanding how the device works. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important. Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_en
Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon. The Bio-Sonification module is a purpose-built circuit able to detect micro fluctuations in conductivity that have a duration between 1000th and 100,000th of a second.


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Mycelium Bio-Materials workshop Sunday, April 19th, 1pm-4pm

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material. All materials are provided.

Workshop includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Nitrile gloves
Particulate mask
Instructions: sent via email/Slack invite, PDFs, etc.

This workshop includes everything you need to grow a small bowl form plus, a bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted, wood structures, etc) will be discussed.

Mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Check out the Mycelium Martian Dome project, an installation that took place in 2019 through a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre.

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively –
creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.

March Workshops

Create your own custom touchpads and you will be able to: 
– Use with your analogue or digital synth
– Trigger sounds/samples
– Trigger sequences
– Control a robot
– Collect bio-data 
– Use with Unity and more! 

Participants will learn how to design and etch customized touchpads using their own hand-drawn and digitally created images. While designs are etching we will discuss and design the circuitry to be included on our touchpads! Participants will start with simple on/off touchpads and move into multi-touch and slide-touch touchpads. 

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 6pm-10pm

Where: Interaccess.org

Touchpads Created for the Mycelium Martian Dome Project

MIDI Bio-Sonification Module Building workshop

Collaborate sonically with non-human organisms around you. Hook the module up to yourself, or friends and use your bio-data musically, visually (MAX/Processing, etc), control a game (Unity/OSC) and more! 

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Workshop participants receive step by step guidance putting together their Modules and help in understanding how the device works. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important. Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_en
Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon. The Bio-Sonification module is a purpose-built circuit able to detect micro fluctuations in conductivity that have a duration between 1000th and 100,000th of a second.
While in Australia researching bio-sonification of Gum trees and Aussie fungi, Tosca was interviewed by ABCWhat do mushrooms sound like?On Statewide Drive with Fiona Wyllie

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nsw-statewide-drive/recording-mushroom-magic/11501874

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials

January 26, 2020, 1pm-4pm


During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.  All materials are provided.  

Workshop includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Sculpting mix
Nitrile gloves
Particulate mask
Instructions

This workshop includes everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form plus, a full bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted, wood structures, etc) will be discussed.

Various mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

End of 2019

Here we are! Heading into a new decade means potential, possibilities, new beginnings.

co:Lab formed on Queen Street, but without reason, details or explanation other than alleging our format changed too frequently, Artscape kicked us out. Artscape claims to support artists, support the LGBTQ2 community yet, they pushed a community-building group out to the street, Artscape created an unsafe space, unsafe situation. Something they claimed not to do or advocate. Further adding salt to the wound, the space we were evicted from still lays empty.

That is the past and this is the future! co:Lab|nanopod studio merged albeit into a nano-space, but we continue forward! MycoMechanic lab is forming, 3D printing, metal forming, glass casting, ceramic building.

Workshops are being scheduled for January 2020- please take a peek at our Google Calendar. Tickets are available for some classes, and are already filling up quickly! Send us a note! Ask us a question 🙂 We thank you for your support! xo

co:Lab Group Show- Last event

March 16th to March 28th
Opening reception
Saturday, March 16, 4pm – 8pm
New paintings by, Kai Hart
Photographic works by, Andrei Gravelle
Risograph prints by, Tosca Teran 
Paintings by, Kristen D’Aquila and Gillian Blekkenhorst 
Guest artist, Franklin Lau

Limited Editions & more!

I’ve created some limited edition Risographs. Sales of these special Risograph prints go towards research in myco-remediation.

Guest artist

I’ve invited the artist, Franklin Lau to show some of his beautiful photography.  Franklin’s work is a culmination of an intuitive journey, often beginning with an ineffable attraction to particular objects. The works are all shot from outside a water tank in which the objects are submerged.

Moving:

We leave this space with our heads held high. Amazing opportunities have come our way, new work explorations, new studios and galleries to open. We sincerely hope to see all of co:Lab’s friends and supporters in the future!

co:Lab 906 Queen Street West @Crawford
@colabto

Feb/March workshops

                Build your own Nanotopian MIDI Bio-Sonification Module and start listening to the biology around you!  February 23/24 1pm-4pm $95/pp

Seacliff life along HĂşnaflĂłi Bay, Iceland.

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you. Next time you go on a picnic bring along your Bio-sonification Module & listen to the sounds of the forest, how it responds to your presence then, place the electrodes onto your friends or hook up your houseplant and see how it really feels!
Students receive step by step guidance putting together their own Bio-Sonification Module kit and help in understanding how the device works.
Last half of the workshop participants place electrodes onto plants, fungi, themselves or each other and listen to their Bio-data through Ableton Live, Animoog, Model 15 (or similar digital music apps and analog synths) creating a Bio-Sonification Symphony!

Various plants, soil, and Mycelium will be available during the workshop for participants to place their electrodes onto along with iConnectivity Midi to USB/Lightning connectors for participants to try out different instruments/software; Ableton, Animoog on iPad, Model 15 (on iPhone & iPad), Moog Mother32s, Make Noise NoCoast, etc. Other possibilities are shown and discussed, for instance, Ableton Max/MSP Midi video disruption!

Each participant receives their very own Bio-Sonification Module kit, a Module container file that they can 3D print offsite and a lo-tech version we will put together during the workshop, a set of electrodes and electrode pads or electrode clips (participants can choose during the workshop). The Bio-Sonification Modules were created by Tosca Teran with the assistance of Manuel Domke and Sam Cusumano!

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important.Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_enSome Ableton Live knowledge is helpful, but not necessary!

“Bio-sonification,” basically means using technology to turn the bio-rhythms of natural objects into sound.


Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring the auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon.

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Insect Spreading workshop

Back & Front view
Back & Front view

Learn how to spread moths/butterflies and beetles. Thursday evening, February 28. Class  starts at 7pm $75/pp

In this class, students will learn about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colours will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount (or similar) for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount (or similar) display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces.