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Amanda Baum

MA work

Mycohive: Telling the Bees, Shrouding the Soil

Mycohive: Telling the Bees, Shrouding the Soil is an investigation into ecological and cultural restoration, exploring how human rituals can trigger and help remediate symbiotic relationships between mushrooms, bees and plants. The old European tradition of telling the bees of a death is woven together with the practice of mycoremediation and new research on the immunological benefits of specific mushroom species to support honey bees.

To stage the emergence of multispecies co-dependence, the travelling Mycohive takes residence in close proximity to honey bee colonies. Here, rituals are mediated by the three Mycohive-kin, to heal soil toxicity and introduce bee-supporting mushrooms and plants. By composing and decomposing multispecies encounters, the Mycohive rituals are an invitation to turn the fear of ‘human colony collapse’ into an opportunity for transformation.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • Driven by multidisciplinary collaborations and a visionary pragmatic approach, I work on projects inspired by the poetic power of art and the realistic implications of design. Through immersive experiences, systems and set design, my aim is to catalyse symbiotic interactions functionally and sensually in tune with our planet mates.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design
  • Experience

  • Speaker, Quantum Computer Art, V&A, London 2017; Artist/Provocateur, Tate Exchange, London 2017; Design consultant, Smith & Sinclair, London 2016; Multispecies advocate, Strategy Salon with Design Museum, London 2017; Set designer, HAUT, Copenhagen 2016; Set designer, Trailerpark Festival, Artrebels, Copenhagen 2015–2016; Design assistant, Bioteket, Copenhagen 2015; Graphic designer, various, Copenhagen 2014–2017
  • Exhibitions

  • ‘Xanadu by Day’, Future Medina, TATE Modern, London 2017; ‘Algebar', National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen 2017; ‘Algebar', Dansehallerne, Copenhagen 2017; 'Weaving Worlds', WIP show, Royal College of Art, London 2017; Kurt Schwitter's Merz Barn Residency, Lake District 2017; 'Bloom In Peace' the Crypt under St. John Lumen Studios, London 2017; 'Big Blue Baboon', Trailerpark Festival, Artrebels, Copenhagen 2016; 'Supernature Symposium', Royal College of Art, London 2016; 'Akouo', Soundobject, Sonar + D, Barcelona 2016; 'Tidsalder II', HAUT, CPH Stage Copenhagen 2016; 'Algebar', Click Festival, Helsingør 2015; ‘Algebar’, Transart, Laboratory for Esthetics and Ecology, Dome of Visions, Copenhagen 2015; 'What if interfaces were soft and hairy', Trailerpark Festival, Artrebels, Copenhagen 2015
  • Awards

  • Bio Art & Design Awards Shortlist, 2017