They are the perfect hybrid of both fungus and algae. Lichen are a world of themselves, as a mutualism of two species joined as one. Lichen proposes and enacts patterns for us to follow. We are all created by multiple relationships and connections with one another. What lichen has shown me during my stay has solidified my practice as an artist.
Lichens require sympoiesis, or making-with, rather than autopoiesis, or self-making. We must follow patterns where humans and non-humans are inextricably linked. Combining past and present technologies, Human and Nonhuman, hybrids reveal their agents in co-evolution within global networks for survival. The future is combining Human/Animal, Life/Nonlife, Ancient/Modern, and Biological/Technological. Our ability to coevolve and think outside ourselves will benefit us when we reorient outwards.