Simona Margaritescu's presentation A First Glance at Fungal Diversity in the Brazilian Amazon is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.
Simona Margaritescu is the Mycology Technician in the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum. She manages the ROM’s fungal herbarium (TRTC) and is responsible for the operations of the Mycology Molecular Laboratory.
The MST is pleased to announce the 2015 Fall Mushroom Dinner, upcoming on November 19th. Price per person is $50 including taxes & gratuity. The menu and other details are available and MST members can make reservations online now.
Due to the demand for this event, early reservations are requested. Mycological Society membership entitles 2 people to attend: 2 family members, or a single member and a guest. Other non-member attendance will be considered after November 12th, space permitting.
The MST is extremely pleased to promote The Creeping Garden, running at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from October 9th-15th.
A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined.
The Creeping Garden is a multi award winning feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.
Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham's previous feature 'KanZeOn' and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology.
With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man') this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.
"Packaged to recall 1970s sci-fi classics (like “Phase IV” and the ’78 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”), good-humored but not campy in its regard of some genuinely fascinating research, and full of trippy visuals"
– Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A vibrant cinematic cabinet of curiosities that will leave you giddy and delirious with wonder"
– Eli Horwatt, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
"Stupendously fascinating and individualistic documentary masterpiece... see it and be forever altered."
– Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival
"The Creeping Garden is, cinematically, the reflection of its subject... a masterpiece… An absolute must ‐ see."
– Joseph Elfassi, Voir Montreal
"Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you're some way to understanding The Creeping Garden."
– James Marsh, Twitchfilm
"An out-of-left-field nerdy delight"
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter