The Future Material
Brief: FMP, Graduation project.
Description: My dissertation research concluded that the city of the future has to be both physical and digital and the lines between those will become blurred. The rapid acceleration of technological developments encourages humans to shift into the digital way of existence. However, before it happens, we need to make sure that the reasoning behind this shift is not the escape of an unsustainable reality, but a means of expanding greater intelligence. Now it is up to the current generation to shape the way it is going.
For this future to be sustainable, methodology and material choice have to be reconsidered. My practical research throughout this year has demonstrated that fungi material is the solution to the number of resource and environmental questions. Fungi material will open a new paradigm for the manufacturer; a range of new, environmentally-friendly possibilities that will help with the restoration of green spaces and lead to a more resourceful planet.
The aim of this project is to raise awareness and demonstrate on practice how technology and biology can merge to create new possibilities for mankind. As a conclusion and celebration of my involvement with fungi throughout this year, I’m growing VR headset out of fungi mycelium and demonstrating the methodology and science behind fungi material in the virtual space.
I chose virtual reality as a means of communication as it is the most unlikely media that one might think for organic, biologically grown materials. However, the diversity is their merging point. The purpose of fungi VR glasses is to demonstrate how something purely organic can become a piece of technology itself, and to demonstrate in comparison to packaging and paper how wide the range of fungi possibilities is. The 360-degree content that is experienced through the fungi glasses is created with the goal to educate and promote the potential of fungi and the ease of creation methods behind it based on the examples from my personal practice.