LOIS works with Cesar Baio on a “bhiobrid” fungi-digital network involving the fungal "reading," censoring, and tweeting of texts that look at the lattice of nature and humanity.

Degenerative Cultures results in fungal tweets from @HelloFungus that document microorganisms’ degradation of human culture. These tweets are based on the spreading of spores resulting from the organisms’ “readings” of books. The resulting degenerating messages document the human impulse to dominate nature, while providing a method for nature to consume human culture.

Fungi form a natural Internet, sending signals and connecting nodes through mycelia. This “bhiobrid” fungi-digital network combines the Internet of Natural Things with the Internet and permit a feedback loop between human and microbiological cultures.

Spores drift across text, deleting as they go – redacting as the fungi grow. Part of Generative Art in Ravenna, Italy, LOIS collaborates with Cesar Baio on the fungal censoring of books, resulting in fungal tweets from @HelloFungus and the retweets of human twitter users. A realtime readout of the fungal twitter feed reveals a feedback loop between these natural and technological networks, as tweet mentions of @HelloFungus loop back into the fungal system.

Digital ephemera from Degenerative Cultures at the Ravenna Art Museum in Italy (December, 2017)