T-shroom

Year: 
2017
Format: 
installation

T-Shroom is a social art project by Katrīna Neiburga and Art bureau OPEN who brought together a team of cultural practitioners to promote the symbolic values of the tea-mushroom through the use of social campaigns and branding tools.

Tea-mushroom or kombucha—a bacterial organism in a form visually similar to jellyfish—has been a popular home-made “soft-drink” in Baltic states and Russia for more than a century. Brought back by soldiers as a trophy of the Russian Japanese war, it became a widespread household item and had a pet like family-status. In1999, Latvian artists smuggled a t-shroom over the border of Sweden as an alleged Eastern European refugee, endangered in its homeland by the invasion of global soft drink brands like Coca-Cola.

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