Mushrooms are used in biotechnology as cell
factories to produce antibiotics, immunosuppressants,
cholesterol-lowering drugs, antimalarials, insulin, prebiotics,
pigments, organic acids, enzymes, polyunsaturated fatty acids,
vitamins and more. The fungal biotechnology of the 20th
century managed to establish itself as an essential platform
technology for innumerable branches of industry and thus decisively
shapes our daily life and our lifestyle in an invisible way. At the
moment, fungal biotechnology is undergoing a disruptive innovation
process, which we want to co-design with other departments of the TU
Berlin as well as with citizen scientists. Mushrooms, which are
produced on the basis of renewable plant raw materials in a
biotechnological process, are to be converted, with far-reaching
consequences, into new materials used for packaging or even
Using the interdisciplinary concept From STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) in the project "Mind the Fungi", we will also use the inspiring and catalysing power of art to collaborate with Berlin citizens to develop new ideas and technologies for mushroom-based materials of the future at the TU Berlin. In addition, we use artists in residence programs to use art as a multiplier and communicator of scientific questions, challenges and findings to the public. Our goal is a new and innovative one: To establish a research field at the Technical University of Berlin, which dares from the start to build a bridge with the growing Citizen Science community to integrate their expertise early on.
Project Mind the fungi in the FUTURIUM
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Our project "Mind the Fungi" is presented in the FUTURIUM! Until December 2020, we will be there with changing material. All relevant details can be found here  or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ_qfB8A-qM  and https://futurium.de/en/feature-art-lab .
Also read more at http://www.artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/de-Mind-the-Fungi.htm 
About the project tinyBE (MY-CO-X)
Get informed about the research project "tinyBE". Vera Meyer who is part of the Sci-Art collective MY-CO-X talks about their scientific and artistic research on fungi. MY-CO-X will be a part of tinyBE #1 - living in a sculpture with a habitable sculpture at Metzlerpark Frankfurt. Take a look!