The Liform project by Katya Bryskina is an ongoing investigation and series of curated experiments which use mycelium to grow complex structures. The project brings together natural intelligence and the latest technologies to open up new possibilities in art and architecture.
Mycelium is the root-like fibrous vegetative part of fungus, mostly composed of chitin. Mycelium acts as a bonding agent that penetrates in fibers and closes gaps of woven structures with new patterns. Changing parameters—such as light, or reducing the amount of air—affects the growth of the mycelium structure, its growing speed, direction, and color.
Bryskina grows these multi-layered, dynamic “soft systems” using incubators, and by changing the growth variables. Bio fabrication incubators form and support artificial environments which stimulate the mycelium megastructure’s growth. These incubators unite analog craft techniques, modern technology, and living organisms. Thus, a set of novel symbiotic outcomes and structures are produced that could never occur naturally. Human and natural systems engage in an interspecies learning process, constantly pushing boundaries and adjusting to each other.
The project is presented in two distinct stages: the dark phase and the final phase. The dark phase is the active process of growth and formation. While the objects grow, they smell like a real forest. In the final phase, the organism is dried to stop its growth and to solidify its form.
The shift towards biocentrism requires searching for new possibilities for constructing living megastructures. Liform looks to create spaces balanced between the analog and the computational, the natural and the artificial, the human and the non-human.