Jack Addis, creative director of Lumen Prize, said: “We’re excited to bring together this selection of shortlisted 2018 Lumen Prize artists and to celebrate artists working with a variety of media and mediums.”
The idea behind Degenerative Cultures, said Lucy, is to explore “how nature’s patterns and human behavioural patterns overlap”. She and Cesar have layered slime mould over physical books as well as using an artificial intelligence algorithm to develop a digital fungus that grows over online texts.
This setup allows the collective to “cross human knowledge with nature-based systems” and “blur the limits between biological and artificial intelligence”.
Ultimately, nature and culture destroy each other in the installation – the physical book is gradually consumed by the slime mould while the digital text is corrupted by the degenerative AI algorithm.