I hadn't been in Amsterdam for two weeks so last Sunday I really had to go. First we saw a car-driver cracking his car against an "Amsterdammertje" the red brown steel bollard you see along the canals to prevent parking. Then we had to avoid a weird shouting man waving his arms in the air, and then we passed this shopwindow. I couldn't believe my eyes, what was this?
We were curious so went inside and it happened to be a "Mushroom Paradise", an urban mushroomfarm in the centre of Amsterdam! This projection is called the "Secret Sounds of Spores". A laser beam shines under a mushroom and the Spores which are falling, flash for a moment in the light. A camera sends it to a computer where it is converted in a computersignal that gives a musical sound. Can you believe it!
This installation is called "Body of Changes". The mould Schizophyllum Commune is used as a new method to bury people. The wrapping of felt gets moulds which show the expansion and the rotting which normally only can be seen underground.
Well it was an interesting afternoon, a combination of laboratory and art, never a dull moment in Amsterdam.