The Mycological Twist (FR/NL)
Anne de Boer – Eloise Bonneviot
Residency period: September – November 2021
The residency at La Becque enabled them to work on different elements of their practice and to pull them together. They worked on an installation called Maratus Canopy alongside a sound piece and game design objects. The different elements revolved around topics of environmental collapse and sought to redefine the concept of ‘home’. It was important for them to work through these pieces and see how they could become part of a broader project. The installation became a way to think through a system in which an audience can come to experience the work – a sort of machine for storytelling. They imagined it as a piece that can grow and adapt to the place it is shown, becoming richer as the project evolved. The sound piece became a way to reflect on the way one delivers a story.
How does one avoid a traditional linear voiceover and instead embrace a more entangled approach to narrative? They worked with onomatopoeia and sound recordings of movement to set a scene for the installation. In the meantime, they have been designing games that can function as an entrance point for the audience to think through environmental topics from an interspecies perspective.
The Mycological Twist started in 2014 and its fixed component now resides on a balcony in Berlin. The duo’s research process results in a programme of commissions, lectures, performances and works. Initiated by Eloïse Bonneviot (born in 1986) and Anne de Boer (born in 1987), The Mycological Twist operates both as a fixed mushroom garden and a nomadic project. The duo structures its interventions according to patterns and behaviour that can be seen in the process of the garden, and focuses on moments of inoculation, growth and harvest.