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left: PSILOPROSE, 2015
Crystalline psilamine, steel, epoxy resin, acrylic glass case, 35 x 39 x 37 cm
right: chemical pathway for PSILAMIN by Ingo Wartusch

A crystalline form of PSILAMIN grows from the type wheel.

The exhibition PSYCHOPROSA employs biochemical processes as a means of artistic expression and creates an installation at the interface of art and a natural scientific experimental set-up. It transforms the rooms into a coherent ensemble of greenhouse, laboratory, cooling chamber and factory.
At the beginning we find a greenhouse in which algae and fungi are cultivated. These organic materials are pumped into glass sculptures, where a synthetic hallucinogen is generated through a chemical process: the resulting molecule is PSILAMIN, which has never occurred before in a natural context. The remaining biomass of the algae and fungi is a slimy material, which develops a viscous consistency after heating, cooling and mixing: thick threads and veils form transparent, liquid sculptures. If we were to consume the molecular sculpture PSILAMIN, solid objects would deliquesce and begin to flow in our perception. In this way the psychotropic effect of the hallucinogenic substance ‒ which the exhibition visitor does not experience but can only imagine ‒ is reflected in the exhibition as a real process.