Exhibition Fungal Datascapes: A Sporous Commons of Mushrooms and Climate

Fungal Datascapes: A Sporous Commons of Mushrooms and Climate © Rut Karin Zettergren, Finn Arschavir, Jens Evaldsson

Thu, 04.11.2021 -
Tue, 30.11.2021

Goethe-Institut Glasgow

Weather Glass or Crystal Ball?

‘Fungal Datascapes: A Sporous Commons of Mushrooms and Climate’ is an immersive art installation and 360˚ video experience created and realised by artists Rut Karin Zettergren (Sweden), Finn Arschavir (Scotland) and Jens Evaldsson (Sweden). The piece is the final part of the Goethe Institute’s supra-regional project 'Weather Glass or Crystal Ball? Mapping the Weather in Arts and Science'.

The 360˚ video is an aesthetic and speculative investigation into multi-species world-building using data gathered from mycological research into the effects of climate change on fungal populations. The soundtrack was created with electrical biofeedback signal variations from fungi. The installation will be displayed at Goethe-Institut Glasgow for the first time, coinciding with COP26. Additionally, the video piece will be available to visit online on our project website.

'Weather Glass or Crystal Ball? Mapping the Weather in Arts and Science' is a research project funded and designed by Goethe-Institutes Glasgow, Schweden, Norway and Denmark and curated in cooperation with LABLAB. The exhibition research was supported by the EU2020 project GENERATION A / Climate Hackathon.

Opening hours

4 November 2021, 18:00 - 21:00

with sound improvisation by artist and musician Danny Pagarani.

During COP26 
5 - 13 November 2021 

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 18:00

After COP26
16 - 30 November 2021 

Tue - Fri: 12:00 - 18:00

Please register in advance (full name(s) including contact details)!

'Fungal Datascapes: A Sporous Commons of Mushrooms and Climate'


Rut Karin Zettergren
Rut Karin Zettergren‘s work often begins as an investigation into historical events or speculations about the future. In recent years, she has been influenced by theories and histories around data, cyborg and glitch feminism, science fiction and the construction of modernity. Her works take the form of drawings, performances, video, spatial installations, VR or online presentations.

Jens Evaldsson
Based on human behavior and social interaction, Evaldsson activates social spaces through different types of interventions that in turn create new contexts and realities. Evaldsson works idea-based but often formative with the materials and methods that are best suited for what he wants to achieve: an opportunity to have conversations about what it’s like to be human with others. By organising groups, situations and venues for meetings, conversations, negotiations and collaborations, the result is sometimes exhibitions, but as often a new discursive and social space at an existing institution or in a social context. Sometimes in the water! (Text by Maria Lantz)

Finn Arschavir
Finn Arschavir is an artist and designer who uses collaboration as a method of enquiry. Shaped by the fraught experience of precarity of life in the Anthropocene, his work plays with and oscillates between states and stories of humour and grief, paralysis and agency, and is inspired by post-human thought, network technologies, comics, folk traditions and esoterica. His practice is context specific but frequently features drawing and collage, educational tools and resources, sound and moving image. He is a co-founder of A+E Collective and works and volunteers with communities and organisations to address social and environmental issues through design and artistic thinking.


Finn Arschavir (Scotland) 
Jens Evaldsson (Sweden) 
Rut Karin Zettergren (Sweden)

Narrator: NC Grey
Data chanting: Jamal Deen, EvaH-Voice, Yuri Hoyoyon, Rob Sharp

Research consultants:
M. Catherine Aime, Purdue University
Daniel Henk, University of Bath
Håvard Kauserud, University of Oslo
Andy Letcher, Schumacher College
Script consultant: Maria Sledmere

We’re continuing to ask all visitors to book a ticket in advance of their visit so that we can carefully manage the number of people in the exhibition space. Therefore, please get in touch via E-Mail.
Please send us your name, contact details and your preferred date/time during the opening hours.