From December 2020 to May 2021
"Humatker" is the winner of the 1st edition of the QUO ARTIS AWARD FOR PRODUCTION IN ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
This artwork –created by Sandra and Gaspard Bébié-Valérian– is a hybrid sculpture and installation which combines three entities that embody the cohabitation regime of our time: one biological, one software and one synthetic. It takes the shape of a 3D-printed human spine with an organism growing on it, Physarum Polycephalum. Commonly defined as a 'slime mold', it colonizes each one of the vertebrae.
“Our current research deals with the process of mycoremediation, a means to clean up, to cure undersoil through the action of mushrooms. The fungal realm is enlightening, inspiring. One can observe its numerous applications in the field of agroecology, medicine, or design. But we are principally interested in its potential as a green agent that may involve myths, legends, and deep beliefs. The mycelium as an image of an extensive network embodies the idea of connecting various living organisms, fostering symbiosis, and new interspecies paths”.
Sandra and Gaspard