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borescopic mycology

Marasmiellus sp. and staphylinid beetle tenants

I’m proud. Proud to tell you about our new art/science show at Mann Library. It features the staggering borescope photographs of Kent Loeffler (official Blog Photographer), along with the jocular science-ish musings of me, Kathie Hodge. The borescope reveals a new perspective on fungi: A bug’s eye view. My friends, the borescope will reveal to you a whole world you have never seen before.

Through the end of February you can find our show hanging in the second floor gallery of Mann Library, on the Cornell campus in wintry upstate New York. Alongside are our famous time lapse videos, looping on a high definition monitor. You’ll want to come back again to help us celebrate at our curiously belated opening reception on Feb. 5, from 5 to 6pm.

  • Jan-Feb 27, Beneath Notice Borescopic photographs by Kent Loeffler; fungal outbursts by Kathie Hodge (Mann Library 2nd floor Gallery)
  • Feb 5, 5-6 pm, Beneath Notice Reception, Mann Library 2nd floor Gallery

Our show is loosely a part of Ithaca’s Light in Winter, a festival poised at the interface of art and science. Well, that’s my favorite place to be!

But wait, there’s more! For Light in Winter we’ve also put together a special Jan 25 event for the main Light in Winter festivities this weekend:

  • Jan 25, 10am, Little Fungi for Good and Evil, a talk and slide show by Kathie Hodge (Mann Library lobby; all audiences)
  • Jan 25, 10-12am, Fungus Amongus, by Dave Kalb and gifted others (Mann Library 2nd floor Gallery; kids and grown-ups)

This is a public outreach kind of event. You get to come and look down a microscope or two, have a look at our fungusy displays, and ask all those fungus-related questions you’ve been saving up. Hope you can make it.

Rumor has it there will be zoospores in the library! Don’t tell the librarians, for goodness’ sake.

Our borescope book!Kent and I have finally assembled our last two years’ worth of borescope art shows into a handsome catalog/book called Beneath Notice. If I do say so myself, it’s pretty nice. It includes 90 pages of Kent’s beautiful and unusual borescope photos subtended by my idiosyncratic but informative “outbursts.”

If you’d like a copy you can now purchase one via Lulu Press. We know you’ll like it.



3 Responses to “ borescopic mycology ”


Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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