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TOSCA TERÁN

interdisciplinary, ecofeminist,

human holobiont

​I describe myself as an interdisciplinary, human holobiont whose work is a confluence of art, ecology, and craft. 

Growing up a first-generation Mexican-American woman, I have certainly experienced both privilege and discrimination. 
Often perceived as European from my mother's strong Scandinavian/German heritage I have always felt more in tune with my father's blood and family's culture, feeling both of this world yet not of this world. Seen yet, not seen.


My work has been featured at The Harwood Museum, SOFA New York, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, the Memphis Metal Museum, MOCA Toronto, The Ontario Science Centre, Music Works Magazine, Vector Festival, Studio Art & Craft Canada, SONICA21, and NAISA (New Adventures In Sound Art). 
 

I've been awarded grants and funding from the Goethe-Institute Montreal, The Canada Arts Council, BigCi Environmental Award at Wollemi National Park, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council for my immersive, nonhuman fungal bio-sonification projects.

 
 
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Statement

I view my research as a collaborative effort with the non-Human entities I touch, caress, grow. Having ‘minds’ of their own, current work explores sculpting forms with living mycelium, and bio-sonification. My fascination with mycelium (the root structure of mushrooms) is compounded by several factors: fungi are neither plant nor animal and fungi can clean up ecological disasters. 

I have found my works that incorporate realtime, nonhuman bio-sonification illicit strong emotional, empathic responses towards nonhuman organisms.

I feel one of the most dangerous diseases of humankind is often people's inability to imagine the world from another person, animal, and/or plant’s perspective. My work in nonhuman bio-sonification, fungi bio-materials; creating immersive environments strive to overcome these biases.

 

Sound Works: https://www.nanotopia.net 

https://www.nanotopia.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia

Instagram: @MothAntler @nanotopia_net

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My Work

Increasingly my practice employs temporal and narrative explorations of self/identity through bioart experiments alongside collaborative mixed reality experiences. 

 

I enjoy creating immersive environments, unnatural History Dioramas, and performative, wearable structures. COVID-19 restrictions have enabled further sound developments and fungi cultivation. 

Creating artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental and societal issues.  Often these works express scientific data obtained through collaborations with scientists, physicists and engineers that take the form of sound art, bio-art and design.

I started sharing my artistic collaborations with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.

I feel very fortunate and grateful to collaborate with the artists, coders and developers I've met through this journey so far!