Mushrooms create a network for all plants on Earth to communicate and help each other out. Most of their bodies are made up of a mass of thin threads, known as mycelium, which act as a kind of underground internet linking the roots of different plants.
Hard Wired aims to inform nature lovers about mycelium by comparing it to our internet network and by using the term 'natural internet' to describe it.
Plants aren’t just sitting there quietly growing, they are communicating just like we do.
By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbours by sharing nutrients and information or sabotage unwelcome plants by spreading toxic chemicals through the network.
This “natural internet”, it turns out, even has its own version of cybercrime.
This informative A3 leaflet explains all there is needed to know about the comparison between these two networks. It is used as the explanation of a small display
Display visuals - When experimenting with stitching I realised that while you are working on the front of the fabric perfectly, the back becomes this very messy surface of threads that interconnect
I thought this would be a great way to explain these mushroom networks. To visually flip the ground upside down before the viewers eyes - very similar to utility mapping
Hard Wired display in context. A natural location within a busy urban area - people use it to get away and learn about nature
Boards are hung of tree branches to allow the viewer to walk around and browse while also reading the leaflet