Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nomadic Fungi Institute Spore Sprouting Test Exhibition



This exhibition represents the culmination of two years of scientific research on the gathering and propagation of nomadic fungus spores in a controlled laboratory setting. The exhibition was held at RO2 Art in Dallas, Texas.

The Nomadic Fungi Institute would like to sincerely thank Ro2 Art for hosting this exhibition. Also thank you to Artbot 138 for capturing this event on film.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Nature of Cordyceps



This film clip was taken during the Nature of Cordyceps exhibition held at the Gallery at North Haven Gardens in Dallas Texas. It was the first public exhibition of documents pulled from the Nomadic Fungi Institute archives and focused as an introduction to what cordyceps are and how they could be related to nomadic fungi.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NFI Director Subject For Photographer

Bard Ford Smith





























Last month during a rare outing our Director, the obsessively dedicated and sun deprived research junkie, Dr. B.F. Smith PhD ended up at the photography studio of the very talented and gracious Kent Barker.

Kent has been working on a series he calls The Creatives. In this series he is documenting a cross section of the creative community living in Dallas Texas. This community includes painters, designers, architects, photographers, dancers, writers and now one musty smelling archivist from the Nomadic Fungi Institute.

Dr. Smith is pictured here in a freshly cleaned lab coat proudly displaying three jars containing successfully sprouted Nomadic Fungi. The staff at NFI are very proud of this portrait and are truly amazed at Kent's ability to capture the more dignified side of our Director.

For more information on Kent Barker's wonderful series  The Creatives follow this LINK

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dr. Graybones And His Curious Knapsack is Sold Out!

Nomadic Fungi Institute
We just received word from Deep Vellum Books that the White Rock Zine Machine zines is completely sold out!

That means all of the signed first editions of Dr. Graybones and His Curious Knapsack are SOLD OUT!

But don't worry, we're looking into publishing a second edition with a slightly bigger format, which will give us more room for additional text.

We're researching a few micro grants to help cover the production cost.

Lisa Huffaker at the White Rock Zine Machine is already corralling a new batch of writers and artists for her third flight of zines. Check out their website for updates.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Journal Of Giant Toadstools




Lavish illustrations of giant toadstools fill the journal of Dr. Graybones, a hobo who road the Southern rails between 1943 to 1953.

Posted here are a few of the sketches pulled from his journal.


"Everyone left after the water turned sour. No one camps here anymore"















It appears he had multiple encounters with what he refers to as Giant Toadstools. Many of these he graphically illustrates.


"The oil covers everything except the giant toadstool"





















"It's not all the junk, it's the car that these toadstools like"



A small catalog of Dr. Graybones' drawings and personal effects will be published by the Nomadic Fungi Institute in conjunction with the White Rock Zine Machine.


Subscribe to the World Of Nomadic Fungi for more details.

Sam Gray Riding the Rails





After his wife and child died and the government took away his family farm Sam Gray had no home left to return to so he began hopping freight trains, utilized the network of tracks sprawling across the Southern States to keep ahead of his war induced necrosis. He survived by foraging and doing odd jobs. Occasionally he used his experience as a combat medic to help people in need.


As time passes, people along the tracks began to refer to him as Dr. Graybones due in part to his downcast nature and his ability to set broken bones.

During his wanderings Sam kept a journal where he recorded over a dozen encounters with what he called "Giant toadstools growing on automobiles'.

In the summer of 1953 Sam approached the Rev. P. Fowler who ran the soup kitchen in Talladega Alabama. He asked the Reverend to safeguard his knapsack. The Reverend having heard of Sam's good reputation gladly accepted the duty.

Sam left the church and was never heard from again.

The complete biography of Sam Gray - Dr Graybones And His Curious Knapsack is published by the Nomadic Fungi Institute. The first edition is available through the White Rock Zine Machine.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Drawings of Giant Toadstools by Dr. Graybones

Dr Graybones
"This toadstool seems to like that abandoned car and all the rubbish"

Between 1943 and 1953 a hobo known as Dr Graybones drew more than a dozen pictures of the "Giant Toadstools" he encountered while hopping freight trains. Posted here are few drawing pulled from his journal.

Dr. Graybones
"Empty drums, rusting metal, sticky rubber, and a massive toadstool."

Dr. Graybones

"I'm half frozen and half starved, it must be Christmas"


A small catalog of Dr. Graybones' drawings and personal effects will be published by the Nomadic Fungi Institute in conjunction with the White Rock Zine Machine.

The complete biography of Sam Gray - Dr Graybones And His Curious Knapsack is published by the Nomadic Fungi Institute. The first edition is available through the White Rock Zine Machine.

Subscribe to the World Of Nomadic Fungi for more details.