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Skulptur Champi(gn)ons aus dem Jahr 2017 von Vera Meyer aka V. meer

Science means breaking new ground. To venture into the unknown and taking risks – even if this holds the possibility of failure.

So does Art.

No one said it better than Samuel Beckett:
“Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better.”

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Vera Meyer

Vera Meyer also works as a visual artist, using the pseudonym V. meer (also on Instagram). Inspired by her scientific work with fungi, she puts a strong emphasis on sculpting and creating objects from chance finds like forest mushrooms, decaying wood and scrap metal. Through her artwork she wants to enhance the awareness of fungi and their potential in biotechnology, as well as a sustainable bioeconomy in general.


Charlotte Steiniger

Charlotte Steiniger is currently working as a biotechnologist in the team of Vera Meyer and explores the enormous potential of fungi for the production of diverse natural products. As a slideline illustrator and web designer, her heart also beats for art in its manifold forms of expression. Charlotte's work reaches from classic paintings with oil colour and acrylics on canvas to digitally made cartoons, and up to handicraft in the form of clay figures and knitting art.


Cartoon series "Have some FUNgi!"

Have some FUNgi! No. 4: Troubleshooting


Next time you observe contamination, do as our tasty little friend does: stay optimistic and make the best out of it.

Have some FUNgi! No. 3: "Hunting Season" alias "The Munch Morel"


Just imagine how frightening it must be for diverse mushrooms when we go into the woods to decapitate them...

Have some FUNgi! No. 2: Parasol Protection


Have some FUNgi! No. 1: Fungal Flirt


This cartoon was prepared for the microbiology information portal of the German Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM): https://vaam.de/infoportal-mikrobiologie/kurze-frage/wie-reden-pilze-miteinander/

Bertram Schmidt

Bertram Schmidt is currently working as a biotechnologist in the team of Vera Meyer and is dedicated to the research of fungi and their possible applications as novel biomaterials. He is also interested in materials in an aesthetic sense, be it in applying pasty oil paints, carving wood or forging steel.

„Can fungi be art, fashion or used as building materials? Yes, they can!“


Science and the arts are considered as two distinct, sometimes even diametrically opposite disciplines. Science is based on hard facts, the arts get their power from emotion. And yet…  And yet there is fertile ground for collaborations between the two disciplines. Counterintuitively, even fungi – often invoking negative associations – can inspire artists to create fabulous, breath-taking and irritating objects. Interested? If yes, then read how and why in an article written by Corrado Nai and Vera Meyer and published in the open access journal Fungal Biology and BiotechnologyThe beauty and the morbid: fungi as source of inspiration in contemporary art

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