World 91, Enactment i: report

Once a week in World 91, people undertake a quiet ritual: they present themselves to the mushrooms that are widely understood as spiritual guides.

For most, this practice involves a fleeting visit to a wooded area to enable a few minutes’ connection with either visible fungi or the hidden mycelial network, and reflection on cycles of decay and regeneration.

As a sign of respect in this nature-centric culture, people take great care over what they wear for the mushroom visits. Aesthetics vary, some adopt celebratory flamboyant styles, while others opt for a more subtle approach.

The mushrooms see it all.

For six weeks in early 2022, a group of geographically dispersed participants explored life in World 91.

Every weekend they were invited to take the opportunity to visit some fungi – or, in the absence of visible mushrooms, connect with hidden mycelial networks – and to share their experiences via a dedicated WhatsApp group. Additional contributions to the WhatsApp chat from fungi expert Fergus the Forager built our mushroom knowledge.

This Enactment was devised by Amy Twigger Holroyd, building on an Exploration created by Elly Platt, Talia Hussain and Martin Benes, which was in turn developed from a World contributed by Suzanne Rowland, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

Image credits: many thanks to Annebella Pollen, Charlie Millar, Elly Platt, Genevieve Rudd, Jade Lord, Julie Ripley, Kate Harper, Talia Hussain and another Fashion Fictions contributor.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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