The work Myconnect that combines the ideas of intra-connectedness and symbiosis emerged as an aspiration to enable human beings to transgress their own species and connect with another at a perceptive and physiological level. Myconnect is a symbiotic interspecies connector that with its circuit of signals and impulses performs an immersive experience of interdependence between fungal mycelium and the human body.
By entering the capsule a person is equipped with a heartbeat sensor, headphones and vibrational motors that are placed on various parts of the body. The heartbeat of a person sets off the system in motion. The signal travels through the mycelium where it is modulated in real-time. The modulated signal is transferred back to the human body via sound, light and tactile sensory impulses. These overwhelming stimuli that affect the nervous system cause an alteration of the human heartbeat. With the altered heartbeat, a new loop begins and the circle is closed. The symbiosis of signals begins.
Photos Vera Marmelo. Sound recording Mestre André.