Curated by Emily Pethick
Thursday 8 April 2004 to Sunday 23 May 2004
Private View: Wednesday 7 April 2004, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Klaus Weber has conducted research into a special type of funghi, Agaricus bitorquis, which is more commonly known as the ‘sidewalk’ mushroom. This wild, edible mushroom tastes slightly of hazelnut and often grows beneath tarmac, strong enough to push up concrete and break through asphalt.
For his gallery-sited exhibition at Cubitt, Weber laid soil inoculated with mushroom culture, which was then covered with tarmac suggestive of an urban fragment. During the course of the exhibition the culture will slowly grow and a laboratory in a wooden hut will be equipped with the technology to conduct research, cultivate and monitor the growth of the fungi. Mushroom culture will be available for visitors to take away from the exhibition.
Klaus Weber lives and works in Berlin. In 2003 he undertook a 12-month residency at Delfina, London, and exhibited Public Fountain LSD Hall at Frieze Art Fair. He is currently exhibiting at Kunsthaus Dresden and will have a solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps, New York, in May 2004.
This exhibition has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Elephant Trust, Delfina Studio Trust, Tunnel Tech, Topwood Timber and Tarmac Ltd