Pivô presents, inside Pivô Research Program, the project Mycorial Theater, curated by Polish artist Paulina Olowska and curator Milovan Farronato. The project is a partnership with Fiorucci Art Trust (England) and Culture.pl (Poland).
The first edition of Mycorial Theater was held in 2014 in a country house in the Polish city of Rabka- Zdroj. Selected by Paulina Olowska and Milovan Farronato, a group of artists were involved in a a series of activities taking Mycology (the study of fungi) as a starting point. These experiences included expeditions in the woods, camping on the mountains, mushroom-hunting, and a series of rituals and talks. The house and its surroundings were presented as a work in progress, shaped according to the coexistence and interventions of the artists. Mycorial Theater´s format is inspired by the Black Mountain College, an education center founded in the 30´s in USA – its core was an art school and the headquarters were located outside the city, isolated in the countryside .
In its third edition, Mycorial Theater migrates from Poland to Brazil, from a small town in the forest towards a megalopolis like São Paulo. All the editions share in common the intense relationship between a group of artists and Olowska and Farronato´s research on Mycology, which will guide the guest artists, from Brazil and abroad, in their collective activities. Some of the confirmed artists in the Brazilian edition are: Anna Bella Geiger, avaf, Augustas Serapinas, Daniele Milvio, Delia Gonzales, Georgina Starr, Giulio Delve, Honorata Martin, Lucia Koch and Paloma Bosquê. During a week, they will live near Pivô in central São Paulo and use the intitution´s exhibition space as a laboratory to unfold their artistic processes. On September 7th, Pivô opens its space to the public, sharing the group’s research, a hybrid between exhibition, performance, event, artistic residency and symposium.
Some of Mycorial Theater´s guiding concepts are the Polish culture, Jerzy Grotowski´s theater and Mycology: the activity of seeking selecting and collecting mushrooms is somehow a metaphor for the artistic process. Mushrooms adapt, spread and yet retain the specificity of their original place. Regarding Mycorial Theater´s migration from Poland to São Paulo, Paulina Olowska considers the metropolis as another form of nature, bringing the city characteristics closer to those of the fungus.