What drew me to taking Fungus Among Us was my interest in the mathematical or procedural expressions of mycelium growth.
On Growth and Form by Sir D’arcy Thompson Wentworth has serves as a massive inspiration to me over the years because it attempts to express complex organic forms through parametric equations. Previous work dealt with how form affects material, but I’d like to explore how materiality affects form as well.
I’ve been exploring L-systems, cellular automata, and reaction diffusion in my 3D modeling. Mycelium’s fibrous networks seem to fall into that paradigm. I want to explore how these networks behave– what is their tensile strength? How much of a load can a mycelium column bear?