Mike Tyler, Nostoc folder, 2001
Artist, microbiologist and gardener, Tyler has a passionate interest in lichen, which are a symbiosis of an alga and a fungus. These fungi are capable of surviving in extreme conditions, resisting both drought and cold. They are likely then to multiply and develop in conditions beyond earth. With Nostoc Tyler is playfully imagining here a postorbital development that flirts with science fiction. To seize upon a dynamic, chaotic structure, let it develop in a creative way and obtain a kind of harmony with nature is one of the many ideas defended by Tylers fertile imagination. Tyler is fond of quoting Borgès, They are looking for neither the truth, nor the plausible; they are looking for surprise.
Born in 1964 in Ventura, California. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
The first part of a work entitled Nostoc Terraformers was presented in connection with the show Post-Nature at Ca'Zenobio during the 2001 Venice Biennial. Mr. Tyler also participated in the 1999 group show I Never Promised You a Rose Garden at Berns Kunsthalle with his piece called Impact Craters. He is currently at work on several commissions, a piece for the De Verbeelding Park (a center for nature and landscape design) in Zeewolde, Holland, and a cemetery for the city of Spijk, the Municipality of Leerdam, Holland. In 2000 he served as advisor for students pursuing Masters degrees at the Piet Zwart Institute of Rotterdams Willem de Kooning Academy, and at the University of Plymouth (GB).
A show featuring his work is scheduled for March 2003 at Location One, New York.