Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Physarum polycephalum as facial fungus.

The hard part of collaborating with slime mould is getting it to come off the picture again. You can not make a slime mould do something it doesn't want to. It may choose to sporulate, sclerotinise, ramble about all over the place on the off-chance it finds some more dinner or just give up and die altogether, and the best I can do is hope to create the conditions in which it might decide it is in its own best interests to do the thing I want. Interesting that it hangs around on the paintings so long, given that it will escape exuberantly from every other substrate I have given it at the drop of a hat.

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