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.
More details at creepinggarden.com. See the screening schedule and book your tickets at tiff.net.
"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
Our friends at Ontario Nature have announced a new photo contest, and MST members (and the public) with an interest in photography are encouraged to submit their best images.
More details will appear on the Ontario Nature blog closer to the date.
Fall has arrived and so has Ontario Nature’s Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest! Share your top two (that's right, two only) images with us on Twitter or Facebook for a chance to win a great prize.
Share your images on Twitter or Facebook. A winner will be chosen on both channels.
Here’s how you can enter:
- Twitter: Follow and tweet your submission to us using our handle @ontarionature and the hashtag #ONfungi
- Facebook: Like our Ontario Nature Facebook page and share your photo with us using the hashtag #ONfungi
The contest will run from September 23 to October 14. Winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook.
Each winner will receive the following:
- Firefly Books - for the prize donation
- Mycological Society of Toronto - for assistance with promotion and species identification.
The MST's 2015 fall foray schedule has been finalized and is posted on the foray schedule page. There are 14 forays from September 9th to October 25th.
MST members whose membership dues are up to date will also receive the foray schedule by email - check your spam or junk mail folders. The event calendar has also been updated with all the fall forays.
MST members may sign in with their username and password to see driving directions on the foray schedule page. Also available to members is a map with all MST foray locations marked.
In the MST's January 2014 Mycelium newsletter, Jan Thornhill wrote about Wagner and Mätzler's investigation into a fungal origin of the mysterious "hair ice", but at that time the connection was unproven. Research published today by Hofmann, Preuss and Mätzler now identifies the species responsible for hair ice as Exidiopsis effusa.
More at Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150722091530.htm