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Presentations by:

Saskia Wilson-Brown of the Institute for Art and Olfaction

Oscar Mendoza and Ahycsa Bautista of Smallhold

Danielle Stevenson of DIY Fungi / mycoremediation specialist of UC Riverside


Sam Shoemaker of MYCO MYCO and OCHI Gallery

Please come curious and hungry - light mushroom bites, a lion’s mane tincture beverage (alcoholic or N/A), and cheap wine will be served.

About the Event: Join us at REUNION for a salon titled Fungi and the Anthropocene - a series of presentations and conversation into the realm of mushrooms and their pivotal role in the Anthropocene. Smallhold, a trailblazer in sustainable agriculture, will lead a hands-on demonstration showcasing the art and science of organically grown mushrooms in urban environments. Join artist Sam Shoemaker, represented by OCHI gallery, as he discusses his innovative approach of growing mushrooms within sculptures, creating a dialogue between nature, art, and our era. Delve into the ecological impact of mushrooms with Danielle Stevenson, a mycoremediation specialist actively restoring California's soil. Explore the sensory dimension of mushrooms with Saskia Wilson-Brown, who will recreate the distinctive scent of mushrooms using perfume materials.


Engage in Q&A, network with fellow enthusiasts, and be part of this unique fusion of science, art, and innovation, shedding light on mushrooms' potential to shape a more sustainable and harmonious future. Don't miss this inspiring evening of exploration and connection.

Q: What is The Anthropocene?


The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch that signifies the period during which human activities have had a significant and lasting impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. This proposed epoch reflects the idea that human activities, such as industrialization, urbanization, deforestation, and the burning of fossil fuels, have altered the Earth's natural systems to an extent that is geologically measurable.

The Anthropocene is characterized by widespread changes, including climate change, biodiversity loss, alteration of land use, and modifications to the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere. Proponents of the Anthropocene argue that human activities have become a dominant force shaping the planet, influencing everything from the composition of the atmosphere to the structure of ecosystems. The concept is still under scientific consideration, and ongoing research is being conducted to determine the precise beginning of this epoch and its defining features.

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