Mycorrhizal Wealth of Karpaty / SPUN EXPEDITION

Joanna Hoffmann works in the field of multimedia installation, VR, experimental video-animation, interactive projects, and book art. She is also an academic and leader of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Projects & Research at the University of Arts in Poznan (Faculty of Art Education & Curatorial Studies). She co-founded Art & Science Synergy Foundation (ASSF) and Art & Science Node (ASN) in Berlin and takes the directive role of Chair of ASN. Her artistic works have been widely presented in venues such as the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Warsaw; the Science Museum/DANA Centre and MOCA in London; Transmediale Festival and European Patent Office in Berlin; MUSE New York. She was awarded the Artist of Honour of the XII Florence Biennale in 2019 and was awarded the medal Gloria Artis by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland in 2020.


VR, 360 stereoscopic narrative, / music: Andre Bartetzki / drone footage: Robert Kalak

The artistic project is part of the RhiZones series of multimedia XR artworks, inspired by the vast networks of the rhizosphere: symbiotic relationships between plant roots, fungi and microorganisms. The rhizosphere, as a model of a sustainable environment, inspires to question social and cultural paradigms as well as  basic philosophical and scientific notions such as an individual being.

The title RhiZone: [M-other] can be interpreted in many ways: as relations “m(e) – other”, “m(ycorrhiza) – other” or as an integrated and at the same time divisible entity and symbol of the origin and continuity expressed in the notion of “mother”.

The mycorrhizal networks of the Bieszczady Mountains, the environmental system that has been evolving for millions of years, feed my imagination. RhiZone: [M-other] is a virtual portal that allows me to look from within, deepen my understanding, to enhance and honour my relationship with the past and the future  Big Web of Life.

The piece is accompanied by RhiZone: [Poem], a performative AR piece.

 RhiZone: [Poem], a performative AR Piece, available on