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Thursday, August 18 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Creeping Garden

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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 multi award winning feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.
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.With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer 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.
Contributors included Mark Pragnell, an amateur mycologist with a keen interest in slime moulds; Bryn Dentinger, Head of Mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, who introduces the viewer to theFungarium, the largest archive of fungi specimens in the world, which has its own special section devoted to myxomycetes; Dr. Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History at The Science Museum, London, and the author of Films of Fact: A History of Science Documentary on Film and Television, who details the history of cinema and its characteristics of time and image magnification to explore and explain science to the general public, specifically the film Magic Myxies (1931) by the pioneering scientific filmmaker Percy Smith; Professor Andrew Adamatzky of the Centre for Unconventional Computing at University of the West of England in Bristol, whose research into slime moulds as a biological substrate for computation has led tofurther research at the university into using slime moulds to perform complex computational tasks and tomodel road transport networks and human emotional expressions; and Dr Klaus-Peter Zauner of the University of Southampton, who has constructed a robot controlled by slimemoulds.


Thursday August 18, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

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