Ayatana offers intensive research program for artists to learn about ecology. We host specialized residency on birds, sound, plants, insects, biology, water, mushrooms, death, geology, evolution and microscopy.
Ayatana’s residency location changes every year.
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Mycophilia is a residency for artists who want to learn more about mushrooms. The residency will involve daily excursions into forests, biology laboratories, collections and farms with guidance by the knowledgeable people who work there. Outline: You are invited to give an artist talk to introduce your practice to the group (talks) Wild mushrooms of the Gatineau Forest (foray) Photograph spores with Scanning Electron Microscope and dissecting microscope (lab visit) Lichen of the Chelsea Cemetery (foray) Foraging fungi for food and color (foray) Mycology in contemporary art (lecture) Spore printing and microscopy (workshop) Fungal tree relationships (Lecture on Mycorrhizae) Visit to a research laboratory to learn about plant/fungi signaling Ottawa Mycological Circle collection and identification (foray and study group) Fungal DNA sequencing with the Museum of Nature (lab visit) Biosonification of live mushroom cultures in the lab and the field Visit to the Canadian National Mycological Herbarium Visit the Shiitake Grove at the Forest and Farm