Insurgency of Life (Fountain), 2019-2021

with Anna Heymowksa (set designer), Amanda Selinder (biohacker/artist), Ross McBee (biologist)

Stainless steel, isaria sinclairii, potato dextrose agar, humidifier

Variable dimensions

Fountain for growing the fungi Isaria sinclairii. For centuries this fungus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an eternal youth nostrum. More recently, its active substance has been patented by the pharmaceutical multinational Novartis as the first pill to treat MS. The fountain is designed after the “fountain of youth” depicted in Lucas Cranach the Elder’s eponymous painting from 1546.

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