The Rise & Fall of Cordycepts Exhibit

Photo credit: Agata Piskunowicz

This collection of work covers the rise and fall of Cordycepts (2040-2065), a biotech company whose manipulations of the foundations of life irrevocably alter our future world. Presented from the perspective of those dealing with the aftermath of the company’s collapse, the projects that make up the exhibit speak in two voices, one coming from the Cordycepts era, the other from those organizing the exhibit in 2074.

No one artifact tells the whole story, and even as a whole the exhibit is meant to leave room for questions. By leaving gaps in the narrative, viewers can become participants and fall for a moment into this parallel universe with similar societal, scientific, and environmental concerns to ours and a matching reliance on capitalist ideals. By drawing on our existing world for inspiration, the Cordycepts and post-Cordycepts universes act as a mirror that reflects our own issues back at those interacting with it and asks them to suspend their disbelief for long enough to begin questioning the structures that many assume to be unquestionable.

The Rise and Fall of Cordycepts exhibit was a part of the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room show in January 2016. The first version of the project, completed as my final Graphic Design thesis project at OCAD, won the overall medal for Graphic Design at the 2015 Graduate Exhibition.

To read more about the project, please click here.

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