Museum of Symbiosis | 1-channel audio piece sound piece (14min20, loop) for a narrative art installation designed by Faber Futures

“Museum of Symbiosis: science fiction storytelling from a symbiotic future“

Work description:

Museum of Symbiosis is a science fiction narrative about a society that has harnessed biotechnology and reorganised itself to enable human flourishing in symbiosis with the living world. For the Laboratory of the Future, Faber Futures developed an immersive audio experience of this powerful story in collaboration with sound artist Mathias Arrignon. Grounded by a speculative, mycelium-based 1:100 scale site model, the audience is taken on a sonic journey through a part of the imagined institution, unearthing real-world artefacts donated by people shaping the field of biotechnology today. Maurizio Montalti’s (IT) 17th-Century microscope makes visible the life we are entangled with, whilst also representing colonial scientific methods which alienate people from nature. Chido Govera’s (ZW) mushroom reveals the erasure of indigenous knowledge systems and what becomes possible when their originators reclaim them.

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May 2023, the Museum of Symbiosis was exhibited at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (IT), as part of “The Laboratory of the Future”, curated by Lesley Lokko.

Museum of Symbiosis. Designed by Faber Futures. The Laboratory of the Future at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Lesley Lokko, 2023. Image Credit: Ste Murray