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Liverpool Biennial 2018: Hack the Root
​Mae-ling Lokko

Hack the Root

​As part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, RIBA North is working with building scientist Mae-ling Lokko on an installation, along with an accompanying exhibition and workshops.

Hack the Root is a newly commissioned installation by Mae-ling Lokko, consisting of an architectural structure grown from agrowaste-fed mycelium (mushroom) panels and an accompanying exhibition and events programme.

Drawing on historical and contemporary material practices, Hack the Root’s life cycle proposes and alternative to the notion of the root – a system that displaces all around it, consuming its surrounding resources to grow and expand. Through a series of Grow-It-Yourself workshops with children from Windsor Primary School and Life Sciences UTC, modular biomaterial building panels have been grown and installed in the exhibition’s entrance tunnel.

Visitors can find out more about the process in an accompanying film exploring the prototyping of these unique tiles, as well as understand the projects proposition for generative upcycling economies.

With thanks to our project partners Ecovative Design, Squash Nutrition, Farm Urban, Windsor Primary School and Life Sciences UTC.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and RIBA North

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Liverpool University, and Liverpool John Moores University.