LandLab: Jan Mun

LandLab: Jan Mun

2017-2018 Resident Artist: Jan Mun

Jan Mun is a media artist that creates social sculptures working with digital and living media. The landscape has become her framework to unfold stories about others and herself by using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art. Jan creates interfaces to elicit participation as a reflection and critique of our political and social systems. Working with communities such as Newtown Creek Alliance, BeeVillageNYC, NYC Mycological Society, and the Soil & Microbiology labs at Brooklyn College Jan innovates ideas to be realized through research, chance, and collaboration.

As a LandLab artist, she will be exploring mycoremediation and sharing her passion for mushrooms as “ecological instigators,” ultimately constructing The Mushroom Vortex Maze. The Mushroom Vortex Maze is constructed using wooden logs inoculated with three types of edible mushrooms to create separate rows that each forms a logarithmic/golden ratio spiral. By entering the maze to forage for mushrooms you can easily be dislocated at the center and exit from a different path then where you entered, changing your trajectory. Along the center of the spiral all three types of mushrooms are available and when this pattern is found in the natural phenomena, the center where you stand is also where the pattern is infinite.

The interaction within the Mushroom Vortex Maze is based on cultivation and our biological instincts for food; one is lured into the vortex maze to forge for food or simply out of curiosity. Foraging for mushrooms in the United States is discouraged due to risks of mistakenly eating poisonous species and the lack of knowledge to know the difference. This is one indicator of our dislocation to the natural environment toward a built environment. In the Mushroom Vortex Maze, a dialogue with these two relationships is created as another option to foster a symbiotic relationship the between natural and built environments.

LandLab is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Past Work:

 

“The Fairy Rings: Mycoremediation @ ExxonMobil Petroleum
Remediation Site”
Media: mixed
Year: 2013
In Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the ExxonMobil Petroleum Remediation Site, the epicenter
of one of the largest oil spills in the US. Mycoremediation bags are installed in a maze
of “fairy rings” around the monitor wells that tack the size of the oil plume.

 

“Greenpoint Bioremediation Project (gBP): Process/Research”
Media: mixed
Year: 2013-present
Researching bioremediation methods using mushroom mycelium and investigating by
DNA extract existing beneficial microorganisms.

https://vimeo.com/144520961

 

“Lead/Led/Lead Exchange”
Media: mixed
Year: 2016
Collaborating with pioneer scientist Dr. Howard Mielke in New Orleans along with
Brooklyn College’s Soil Lab. Working to understand and find solutions to improve
human and environmental health to reduce harm from legacy lead in soils.

 

 

Proposed LandLab Project:

“Purposed Project – The Mushroom Vortex Maze”
Media: Wood logs, mushroom wood plug spawn, rope
Year: 2017
The Mushroom Vortex Maze is constructed using wooden logs inoculated with three
types of edible mushrooms to create separate rows that each forms a
logarithmic/golden ratio spiral. By entering the maze to forage for mushrooms you can
easily be dislocated at the center and exit from a different path then where you entered,
changing your trajectory.

 

 POST Visit – October 2017