LOIS works with Cesar Baio - as Cesar & Lois - 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. The @HelloFungus tweets have been deconstructed further within a writing workshop reading and analysis. Questions that arose were: Which direction should we read the tweets in? What is the fungal culture saying? What about the words that are redacted? This human reading of the fungal reading of human culture continues another type of feedback loop.

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. 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. Degenerative Cultures exhibited in Generative Art in Ravenna, Italy and is slated for CODAME in San Francisco.

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

Sandra Doller's writing class at California State University San Marcos engages in a reading and analysis of the fungal tweets.

Growing fungi on texts is an experimental process, with many ongoing offshoots and outcomes.