Research Links

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/20/fluffy-crab-that-wears-a-sponge-as-a-hat-discovered-in-western-australia

https://www.forbes.com/sites/linhanhcat/2019/06/30/marine-fungi-superpowers/?sh=24794d0516bf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982219301484

https://www.forestfloornarrative.com/blog/2019/1/18/the-aquatic-gilled-mushroom-psathyrella-aquatica

The aquatic gilled mushroom; Psathyrella aquatica.

Spungels

The spider fungus, invades the spider. Taking over its bodily functions. Causes the spider to invade a hermit crab/spider shell and bite the hermit within. The hermit then burrows into the sand, and the spider binds itself to the hermit with its web. They then enter into a hibernation period. Following the hibernation period, the fungus has engulfed the creatures, whilst retaining certain aspects from both. The fungus then continues to grow from the shell, creating shell-like spines which contain the venom from the spider within them. Now it is able to be in and out of water, the Spungel has the ability to hunt for its next victim in all terrains.

  • Red algae could link to blood like aspect (like flamingos turning pink)
  • Sea snails and spiders are the hosts
  • Science lab scene?
  • Rats with mushrooms coming from their heads – experiments
  • Similar to weaver fish spines, if a human stepped on this shell, they can become infected
  • Shell creates a perfect chasm for releasing spores
  • Even if not stepped on, if lifted up to look or listen to, the shell will release spores
  • Has the advantage of both venom and spore transition

Fossils: fossils found in the hibernation stages etc, buried into the sand/rock

https://www.fandom.com/articles/the-real-world-parasite-behind-the-last-of-us

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/the-fungus-that-reduced-humanity-to-the-last-of-us/#:~:text=The%20new%2C%20unidentified%20species%20of,is%20the%20un%2Ddeath%20sentence.

 

Zombifying Fungi – Scientific Scribbles

Spider & Entomopathogenic fungus, Ophiocordyceps englerian… | Flickr

Fungal Infection on Jumping Spider (Phiddipus putnami) - BugGuide.Net

Cordyceps fungus parasitizing a spider - Stock Image - C028/1635 - Science Photo Library

iNaturalist on Twitter: "Our #FungusFriday Observation of the Day is this Gibellula #fungus, parasitizing what looks to be a jumping #spider! Seen in #Malaysia by siburanlai. More details at: https://t.co/kdvoiQzDhE #mycology #nature #

Spider with cordyceps infection (Gibellula sp.) | Photo from… | Flickr

Presentation ideas

Presentation 1: Bronze mushrooms presented on live moss built into a horizontal plinth. Viewers can place their ear to the mushrooms to hear the sounds of the forest. Interactive and aesthetic. Connotations of a coffin. Clinical.

Presentation 2: three tree stumps, each mushroom plays birdsong over the years and how it is declining over time. The moss/lichen on the stumps lessens also, a visual representation of the decay of nature due to climate change/other factors. Able to decipher between time gaps by having them presented on separate plinths.

Shell meanings

Along the coastlines of the world, a great variety of shells can be found. Seashells are made by the animals that live inside them and all shells grow steadily outward. Shells are among the most remarkable designs found in nature. Examples are the chambered nautilus, the sundial shell, and the triton shell. Shells are usually perceived as feminine; a symbol of birth, good fortune, and resurrection. Bivalved molluscs represent the womb and fertility.

https://mythsymbolsandplay.typepad.com/my-blog/2016/06/shell-symbolism-.html

https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/why-do-we-collect-shells

Symbolisms of life, fertility, luck, travel, love.

 

In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses items and people to symbolize many different things. These symbolic things include Piggy’s glasses, Simon’s epilepsy, the Lord of the Flies, and arguably the most important symbol, the conch shell. The conch shell was first found in the water by Piggy, who then comes up with the idea of using the conch as a blow horn to call for meetings. Throughout Lord of the Flies, the conch shell becomes not only associated with Ralph and his leadership, but with Piggy and his intuitive and wise ideas and Jack and his dictator-like, irresponsible authority. The conch shell, representing law and order, assisted in the election of Ralph as chief and ultimately determines the future of the island. However, as time progresses, the conch shell loses its power, when which allows Jack to rise as chief of his tribe. The conch eventually becomes only a reminder of how rational the boys used to be. Once the conch shell shatters and Piggy dies due to Roger’s illogical decision of triggering the lever and releasing the boulder, the era of rationality completely ends, marking the beginning of a complete savage takeover. At first, the conch represents democracy, power, and civilized behaviors, but in the end, the destruction of the conch shell illustrates the innate evil in human beings and the abrupt end of a civilization.
From the very beginning of the novel, more specifically Chapter 1, the conch shell is used as a blow horn to symbolize order, control,

bird decline

https://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/bird-statistics?gclid=CjwKCAjwp7eUBhBeEiwAZbHwkRKAunDmrryXk-EUMDfpxIE6YF73bahq9acv_2-kq9rB3rpwlML10BoC3AoQAvD_BwE

UK Bird Species Populations Changes 2021

https://www.birdlife.org/news/2021/11/16/press-release-huge-declines-in-europe-birds-eurobirds/?gclid=CjwKCAjwp7eUBhBeEiwAZbHwkeMPD_4UeRXLc94HscOJDS_Mau-YLP5vR-F_ttijznA9ENOrXTsCwBoCfJEQAvD_BwE

 

https://www.kew.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/State%20of%20the%20Worlds%20Plants%20and%20Fungi%202020.pdf