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Rose Leahy

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.

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  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • Drawing inspiration from the zoetic world, my research explores ecological adaptation, remediation and celebration. Rooted in multispecies ethnography I investigate how more-than-human matters can influence creative practice. These encounters with other kin and phenomena emerge across media including multisensory experiences, data driven sculptures and interactive installations. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2015; Foundation in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts, 2011
  • Experience

  • Strategy advisor, Design Museum, London, 2017; Speaker: Quantum Computer Art, V&A, 2017; Art assistant, Tate Modern, London, 2014; Puppeteer, Puppet Theatre Barge, 2011 - ongoing
  • Exhibitions

  • Algae Bar, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, 2017; Lumen: School of Light, Ugly Duck, London, 2017; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Fulldome Research Group Artist Residency, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2016; SOUNDOBJECT, SonarD+ MarketLab, Barcelona, 2016; Re:all, Call and Response, London, 2016; ZONED, St Johns on Bethnal Green, London, 2016; Jena Fulldome Festival, Jena, 2016; Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London, 2015; Call and Response, Amersham Arms, London, 2015; Freshly Scratched, Battersea Arts Centre, 2015; Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, 2014; In Site1, Factor 44, Antwerp, 2014; ♀, Barnstables Floor Store, London, 2014; Raw Talent 2014, Dalston Department Store, London, 2014; The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, 2014; MMXIII, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 2013; In Between States, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 2013; Here In Archway, London, 2013
  • Awards

  • Bio Art and Design Award Shortlist, 2017; Jena Fulldome Festival Finalist, 2016; NOVA Award Nominated, 2015