For Episode Three of Spore we launch from the second term in Alfonso D'Aquino's poem, 'Spore,' found in the collection 'Fungus Skull Eye Wing.' The term is 'plains of plants,' which when deconstructed becomes recursive, folding in on itself.
In this episode we explore the mycolore of indigenous California tribes both contemporary and historical, we are introduced to the original colonizer of Pangea, the proto-mushroom tortotubus, and Anna Tsing's concept of plantation and its implications on wider cultural narratives.
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