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Arbor Day Webinar 5: Interactions of Art, Ecology, and Biology: Hybrid Matter & The Plant Image as Method

Friday, April 30, 2021 2:00pm to 2:45pm

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Session 5 of the 2nd Annual Arbor Day Webinar Conference is offered by Darya Warner and John Santomieri from the University at Buffalo.

Hybrid Matter is a series of traveling site-specific temporal sculptures that address local sites, their history, and ecology. The project initiates a dialogue on sustainable art practices and the collaborative possibility of art and science and executed by using an open-source 3D bioprinter, MycoPrinter. MycoPrinter prints locally sourced substrate ready for inoculation with various types of fungi, thus combining additive manufacturing with fungi biological tissue to create a living sculpture. It was developed over the course of 3 years of research conducted at 3 different institutions. The primary impetus for this project comes from the overflow of toxic, non-recycled materials from industries that further harm our environment. 

The Plant Image as Method breaks down our image-based perception of plants and the natural environment. By surveying plant representations in media and popular culture, this presentation will question their significant presence in our media-based expressions, and contemplate the human/plant relationship within larger social contexts.


Interested participants can sign up online at to receive the Zoom link. Recordings of all the conference webinars will be posted to the CFRP project’s YouTube channel the following week for those unable to join the live event. Students who attend will be eligible to receive a free tree to take home at the end of the semester!

About the Arbor Day Webinar Conference

For the second year in a row, members of the campus community and general public are invited to celebrate National Arbor Day with the Canal Forest Restoration Project team at Rice Creek Field Station via a free online webinar conference over Zoom. The conference lineup includes six 45-minute webinars offered between 9 am and 4 pm on Friday, April 30. 

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