Curatorial Practice

Myc3lium: Curatorial Research Network


The process of a growing mycelium network.
Diagram found on the World Wide Web:
︎ Collaborations and networks
︎ New monetization strategy for artists
︎ Knowledge sharing

Myc3lium's aim is to grow a research network for artists and cultural practitioners to engage, communicate, and learn to monetise their work in the digital context.  Creating art as an NFT allows artists to maintain direct and ongoing interactive relationships with their audiences rather than relying on centralised institutional funding and resources.

Myc3lium conducts research on creative NFT developments, strategies, and curatorial frameworks, while developing a community-led online network of innovators for discoverable and accessible modes of communication and knowledge-sharing, emphasising its peer-to-peer nature in order to create new value structures.

The Canada Council for the Arts has  awarded Myc3lium: Curatorial Research Network the Digital Greenhouse component of the Strategic Innovation Fund.


Haroon Mirza, Solstice Star, Audiovisual, 3D object and animation, developed in collaboration with Scott Utting, 2021

︎ Community-led approach 
︎Mutualistic value
︎ An ecosystem of Sustainable Energy Discourse

Existing as a non-fungible token (NFT), Solstice Star invites people to seed a decentralised co-creating and co-learning ecosystem on the blockchain. In doing so, Solstice Star empowers its collectors to collectively explore the endless possibilities of ownership in Web 3.0, decentralized collaboration, and heightened awareness of the environmental impacts of the technology.

Solstice Star can grow into a network of NFTs through a community-led strategy, delivering immediate and mutually shared value to its collectors. All contributions to the community are valued equally and are interconnected. As a result, they form a creative ecosystem capable of fostering organic collaborations, while highlighting the uniqueness of each community member.  Aside from their artistic value, all NFTs are community investments that provide people with new experiences through an ever-expanding array of creations, exclusive activities and programmes, and knowledge sharing.

Solstice Star is a community NFT drop created by artist Haroon Mirza, produced by Sha Li, developed in collaboration with Greg Hilty and colleagues at Lisson Gallery, and Verse.

07–02–2020 / 31–03–2020

Lu Shan, The Great Plague 2020, screenshot from the unfinished video animation.
︎ Community-led project
︎ Decentralized curation
︎ Digital archive 

Post from the First Lockdown is an archive of artists' responses to the first outbreak of Covid-19 in the Hubei region, from the 7th of February to the end of March 2020. The project featured as a community blog post in the hopes of sparking further conversations with the public and strengthening the community. The aim was to establish direct contact with artists in China who were making art under quarantine. We wanted to hear their voices in order to better understand a story that had been told in so many contradictory ways by different countries' media, which accused each other of cover-ups and propaganda.

Because the artists witnessed the Covid-19 epidemic while its origins and unprecedented impact on society were unknown.  In retrospect, this collection of works is organised chronologically. 

The Courtauld Institute of Art hosted an online public event with the team in the following year, featuring updated artists' responses at the first Frank Davis Memorial Lecture of 2021. 

16–06–2020 / 21–06–2020

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, SETS AND SCENARIOS ACT II, Image List: Actions to Relate to Oneself and The World, 2020.

︎ Digital play
︎ Online public programme
︎ Collective experiences

In recent years, the development of media has transformed how we experience moving images. Stuck in an endless loop of image production and consumption, images haunt us, invade us and produce us. In this post-cinematic regime, our inherited cultural identities, established forms of subjectivity and embodied sensibilities are constantly reshaped.

Sets and Scenarios explores the heightened proximity to images and what it means to live under their influence. The programme was originally devised to occupy Nottingham Contemporary’s private and public spaces with sculptural installations, sound works, video and live performances by Adam Christensen, Eva Gold, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, and Aaron Ratajczyk, evolving over the course of an afternoon and evening. Conceived around a mobile viewer, the visitor would enter a series of different atmospheric environments. Central to the project was experimenting with the ephemerality of the encounter between viewers and works–liveness–understood in relation to its contingency, resolute to the physical space and the collectivity of the experience.

In response to the pandemic lockdown, Sets and Scenarios was reimagined as a digital play as part of Nottingham Contemporary's public programme.