Not animal, not vegetable, not funghi...
Regular readers may remember back in early 2013 we featured the first concept trailer for The Creeping Garden
, a new investigative documentary from Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp into the beautiful yet baffling world of plasmodial slime moulds. Well fast forward 18 months and the film is very close to being finished, complete with a gorgeously composed original score from Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke, and a brand new trailer to go with it.
The time lapse photography of the slime moulds had already sold me on The Creeping Garden
last time around, but this new trailer gives us a far clearer idea of the conversations, explorations and pioneering applications of an eclectic group of scientists who are using the bizarre instinctive intelligence of this unique life force in a staggeringly diverse number of fields. For more information, visit the film's official website here
From their Vimeo page:
A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined.
The Creeping Garden is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.
With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man') this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.
Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham's previous feature 'KanZeOn' and Sharps fascination with the extended world of Mycology.
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