- Project by Nasim Razavian
- 2020, covid-19 Pandemic
On 10-08-2020, 20 jars were delivered by a bike messenger to 20 people in Rotterdam. This was during the covid-19 pandemic when Rotterdam was under quarantine. Each jar contained a unique edible matter put in them a week before delivery. These edible matters were selected to host certain modes of life. During this first week, magnificent landscapes of molds have appeared in these jars documented through photography. Each jar was accompanied with an ID card showing the host and a zine consisting of a selection of photos from these landscapes and a text and a manual as follows:
“This tiny jar is the habitat of an emerging organism and it exhibits its process of formation. Growing on dead organic matter, molds are normally associated with the notions of death, decay, and degradation, but this specific mold will continue its life next to you as long as you wish, and it may even develop a love relationship with you.
Molds are multicellular organisms which belong to the fungus family. As their nutrition is not through photosynthesis, they need carbon-containing hosts to grow on.
This project was initially developed to be part of the Bike Messenger Project initiated by WORKNOT! for the exhibition of Fictioning Comfort.
“For the six weeks zines, cushions, snails, toilet paper, ceramic tiles, letters, fabrics, moldy food and many more 'gifts of care' were exchanged through a cycle of artists and friends by a bike messenger twice a week. Seen both as a prelude and a parallel to the exhibition, some pieces overlapped, but many did not. Partially in response to covid-19, the bike messenger round enacted, among many things, a politics of kinship, friendship, care, intimacy and gifting exchange.” (Excerpt from the exhibition catalogue)