BigCi Environmental Awards 2019 : Artist Residency

My project involves working with Mycologists around Sydney, cultivating mycelium and Bio-Sonification throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains. August 16 -October 16, 2019

This fully-funded, invitational artist residency enabled the following:

A live interview took place, September 10th, 2019 with the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Here’s a link (they turned it into a Digital Story):

What do mushrooms sound like?

On Statewide Drive with Fiona Wyllie

Gum tree – Blue Mountains, Australia
Brian Froud lichen growth
wall drawing
Mycelium/mushroom life-cycle. I drew on the wall of the studio at BigCi
Hooking up a Kauri at the Arataki Visitor’s Centre, NZ
200 year old Kauri
Ranger Joc listening to Kauri and feeling the Rongoā. Joc was extremely generous, talking to me about Māori beliefs & practices… and the wind.
Rongoā is traditional Māori medicine.


Here is what the judges said about Tosca’s proposal:

Tosca’s practice is impressively scientific, she is obviously passionate about her subject matter. The jury was inspired by how she integrates boundaries between scientific concepts into her artistic research methods through different media, from living sculptures to biodata recordings. We think there is a huge potential for her practice to relate to the local environment, and she will gain new insights into the Australian natural environment. She is going to share these outcomes of thinking about and living alongside other planetary organisms with BigCi visitors.

Tosca receives a fully paid residency, accommodations, a stipend and percentage of her flight will be covered by the award.


Bush Life: Steyaertanum
Biodata collected from Ganoderma steyaertanum during a 2-month residency at BigCi and throughout the
UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains. August 16 -October 16, 2019
Time-lapse, and still images were combined and slit-scanned using TouchDesigner, while reacting to the audio. The time-lapse footage and images in Bush Life: Steyaertanum were recorded weeks prior to the devastating Bush fires, which sadly destroyed much of this life within the Blue Mountains. 

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