Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that plays a major role in composting and regeneration of organic matter in our world, but can also become pathogenic and deadly. Taken by Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving working in collaboration with Elaine Bignell’s Team at the MRC CMM.
Our Body is a Planet
The short film "Our Body is a Planet" is the result of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology’s exploratory artist’s residency with Devon-based artist Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving, in partnership with Arts and Culture, University of Exeter.
“This residency has been a deeply inspiring and enriching experience. A blend of horror and beauty grew as I learnt from the stories and images about fungi that the scientists shared with me. The film is truly a collaborative outcome that tries to capture the journey I was taken on. Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts, time and work to make this film come alive. “ Léonie
Launched at the Two Short Nights Film Festival at Exeter Phoenix on 3rd February 2022, the film was followed by a discussion between Léonie, Neil Gow, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Exeter and Sarah Campbell, Associate Director of Culture at the University of Exeter.
This project was funded by the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter (MR/N006364/2) and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Award (WT105618MA).
The full film and post-screening panel discussion can be found at https://thefungalthreat.com/our-body-is-a-planet/
Date: 16 February 2022