1-110. The shipment arrived.


The Mushroom Collector by Jason Fulford
Edited by Lorenzo de Rita
Published by The Soon Institute
ISBN 978-90-810584-2-1
Hardcover / 192 pages / 9.5 x 12.3 in. / Edition of 1000

Out of print

111-171. The Mushroom Collection, Amsterdam
111. Let's go back a little...

"...to find a form that accommodates the mess" (Samuel Beckett)

Spiral notebook, one of two copies
Copy of a letter sent to Lorenzo de Rita


File of xerox references, drawings and typography

113. "the pleasures of chaos"

"we can no longer maintain the division between the observer and observed"

Two paperbacks


Sea fan and plastic grids.


Shell and wooden ball, approx. 4 inches long.


C-print, 8 x 10 inches.

117. Hopefully "A 'chaos,' once so named, has as much unity of discourse as a cosmos."


118. I knew a man whose accent grew thicker and thicker until his friends could hardly understand him.

Conch nicknames
Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.




"An empty sack cannot stand upright / but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends."
– Ben Franklin / Tao Teh King

Spiral bound book of color laser print references, including Thomas Mann, Lao Tzu, Benjamin Franklin, David Bohm, Marcel Broodthaers, Novalis, Hans Peter Feldmann, old posters, tropical t-shirts, Polish posters and auction photos
8.5 x 11 inches, 68 pages.

121. A neutral location was needed, to sort things out.

Medusa, Istanbul
C-print, 8 x 10 inches.

122. They asked me in English if I was Russian.

C-print, 8 x 10 inches.

123. A small package was left at the front desk.

Metal spoon, letter, digital photo (color laser print).

124. The hamam felt like a torture chamber. When the steam lifted, I went through the old books with a clear head.

Spiral bound books of contact sheets.
8.5 x 11 inches.


A. A    B. B

Reprinted contact sheets.
C-prints, 11 x 14 inches.

126. Chemistry was mixed.

Test strip.
C-print, approx. 7 x 11 inches with crooked edge.

127. Sacrifices

A. B. C.
D. E. F.
G. H. I.

Images cut from the final edit.
C-prints, 11 x 14 inches.


Dummy books.
Color laser prints with cardstock covers, spiral bound, 8.5 x 11 inches.
Approx 200 pages. Handwriting inside.

129. The spiral binder made confetti.

Pewter egg cup and paper.


Railroad board negatives, 2 x 10 inches.


A. B. C.
D. E. F.
G. H. I.

Images from the final edit.
C-prints, 11 x 14 inches.

132. In Seoul, the duck tasted like ham.

Offset "wet proof".
Ink on paper, 20 x 30 inches.

133. Wild dogs sat in the bushes.

Skeleton Rock, Inwangsan, Seoul.
C-print, 8 x 10 inches.


C-prints, 8 x 10 inches.

(L) Niek plays fortune teller.
(R) CwGu tries not to electrocute himself.

135. Which brings us finally to now. (do not open until November 22)

Florida state park.
C-print, 11 x 14 inches.

136. The Dutch call mushrooms frog chairs.

Letterpressed QR code and envelope.

137. The Mushroom Collection is OPEN. Come inside, take off your coat, put on a record, decode a triangle, test a rare earth element, hold a print, mix physics & philosophy...

Vijzelstraat 67, Amsterdam.

138. It's magnetic.

Kubist lamp post, Prague.
C-print fotogram, 8 x 10 inches.


Gelatin silver prints, 11 x 14 inches.

140. Your favorite things, collected and remixed.
A. B. C.
D. E. F.

Gelatin silver prints made with images and objects from the book.
5 x 7 inches.

141. Invisible forces at work.

Lodestone and paperclip.

A. B. C.

Conch nickname fotograms, 5 x 7 inches.
Gelatin silver prints, color toned.


Color tone tests.
Gelatin silver, color toned prints on board, 11 x 14 inches.

144. Haphazard arrangements.

Individual frames from contact sheets.
2.125 x 2.125 inches, C-prints.


Engraved red translucent plexiglass, 2 x 2 x 2 inches.


Shadows projected overnight onto the walls of Vijzelstraat 67.
November 24, 2010.

147. On air.

This was our broadcasting channel.


Hotel Oracle
Color laser prints, spiral bound with railroad board cover, 5 x 7 inches.


Sea Side Show
Dummy for an upcoming book to be published by Blind Spot in 2011.
Color laser prints, spiral bound with railroad board cover, 5 x 7 inches.


Medium format polaroids.

151. When I've paid everyone, old peanut shells will grow new peanuts.

Coulage (chocolate).
from Surrealist games in the afternoon, November 28, 2010.

152. When the trash can falls over, there will be lamb stew.

Ghosts of My Friends
From Surrealist games in the afternoon, November 28, 2010.
Ink on paper.

Clockwise from top left: J, D, S, G, K, L, S, T, J.

153. In the era of the tulips, Sultan Ahmet III's gardens were illuminated by candles resting on the backs of turtles. Mirrors were placed to create a Droste effect of flowers. Bowls of colored water mimicked the hues of the pedals. I read about this on my way to Istanbul, to edit The Mushroom Collector. Lorenzo and I snaked through the city, looking for turtles. Everywhere eyes, and "yes please." Even a "welcome to paradise!", but no turtles. The plan became to make a turtle, cast him in bronze, and bring him to Amsterdam. As soon as this was decided, the turtles started knocking on my door. My own clay, frankenstein turtle got up and joined the others

Turtles (glass, ceramic, terra cotta), candles, mirrors.

154. Corin took apart a wall, and then built one. Then he took it apart again. Then we started over.

Wall, 2010 by Corin Hewitt.
December 3rd, 8pm.

Hewitt's video Wall was projected onto the window of Vijzelstraat 67, and simultaneously broadcast onto the internet.

155. Saturday morning first aid.

Ted Fair, slideshow and open Q&A.
December 4th, 10am.

Ted Fair's photographs were mixed with a selection of found photography from his archive, and projected onto the wall. Ted sat in the balcony and took questions from the audience as the images went by. The only rule was: Questions cannot relate directly to the pictures. Bagels and coffee were consumed as our bikes were buried in snow.

Questions included: Who is your favorite baseball player and why? What should I do if I fall off a horse? Why do you like the number 27? Do you feel lucky?

Click here to see the full slideshow in a new window.

156. Forbidden photograph

35mm slide from the collection of Rein Jelle Terpstra.

157. El Vaivén (the come-and-go)

Hernán Díaz lecture.
December 9, 2010, 8pm.

Díaz spoke about Jorge Luis Borges' relationship with the United States, and his fascination with gangsters and hoodlums.

"Perhaps because the importance of US literature in Borges’s writing is so evident, it has been, for the most part, overlooked by most scholars. Emerson, Whitman, Hawthorne, Poe, William and Henry James, Bret Harte, Lovecraft and Faulkner are some of the main authors that are crucial in his writing, and the place of these writers within Borges’s work has yet to be examined: not only did Borges write about them, but in some cases they also shaped his writing formally. Even US pop culture (including films and dime novels) is an important element in his prose. Borges’s case is worthy of attention because toward the end of his life (and to the present), it was he who became a critical figure in North American literature, influencing directly such writers as Pynchon, Barth, Gibson, and Foster Wallace. In other words, American writers got their own canon back, filtered through and transformed by Borges.While tracing these exchanges between South and North,we will track how certain genres, formal procedures, and a general conception of literature were transformed. What this ultimately proves is that literature’s relationship to national borders is an arbitrary imposition, and that rather than artificially dividing traditions into hemispheres we should start thinking, as Borges certainly did, in a literature of the Americas."


Laser cut rubber stamp.

159. Don't ever talk to me while I'm collecting mushrooms.


(from left) Samuel Vriezen, Jason Fulford and Georgina I'Anson performing Vriezen's composition Motet.

160. My very excellent mother just sent us nine pizzas.

Field trip to Het Koninklijk Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker.
December 12, 2010.

Silent video.
Sculpture by Serge Onnen.

161. Friesland was cold, and the clouds gave way to the night sky.

Field trip to Het Koninklijk Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker.
December 12, 2010.

162. Everyone saw something different.

Constellations seen on the field trip to Friesland.

Volcano, Tarzan, Fountain
Jacques, Planet of People, Reindeer
Me Two, Ascetic, Train Station Sandwich
Esther, Tiger Skin, One-legged Bird (egg stealing)
Measles, Bye, Cycling Sister


Shadows projected overnight onto the windows of Vijzelstraat 67.
December 16, 2010.

164. Jason is a Funghi (fun guy)

Aaron Schuman lecture.
December 13, 2010.

View the entire slideshowhere.

"Jason Is a Funghi (fun guy): Images from a Conversation One Sunday Morning"

Aaron describes the lecture: In October of this year, I had brunch with Jason Fulford in Toronto. Afterwards, we walked and talked for several hours – browsing odd shops, turning quiet corners, kicking fallen leaves – and as we meandered our conversation naturally did as well, in ways that I found both perplexing and inspiring. It was as if I was catching up with an old friend, only one whom I'd never met before, and like the foundations of his new publication, The Mushroom Collector – anonymous photographs of mushrooms that Jason received from a friend – aspects of the conversation stuck in my mind. 'Jason Is a Funghi' is a visual reimagining of that conversation from my perspective, incorporating an assortment of quizzically related photographs, objects, ephemera, words, lists and memories that either flashed through my mind on that crisp autumn morning, or have arisen and taken on new meaning ever since.


Repetition game
Contents from one of 19 books created by our audience on December 13, 2010. We started with the images from Aaron Schuman's lecture, and drew after each other from memory.

166. Being inside the book.

Publisher Pietro Corraini talked to us via Milano about Bruno Munari, the importance of play, and "being inside the book."
December 18, 2010.

167. A mushroom opera

Shadows and screening by Lee Elickson and Serge Onnen.
December 18, 2010.

168. TooToo MucMuhch ToTooo LiLtitttlele TToooo LLaattee

Sam de Groot attempted to keep up with a record player.
December 18, 2010.

169. Triple feature

Guy Edmonds presented three short films:
Stonehenge and Portraits of Ray by Guy Edmonds.
Remember by Ray Papaia.
December 18, 2010.

170. Rational Melodies

Samuel Vriezen performed a selection of Tom Johnson's Rational Melodies.
December 18, 2010.

171. The collection decomposed.

172-173. Appendix

This pocket-sized book chronicles a month-long project in Amsterdam, and serves as an appendix to The Mushroom Collector. Includes a custom magnifier.

Perfect bound / 3.5 x 4.25 in. / 64 pages / Edition of 1000
Published by The Soon Institute

Orders from Europe only
10 euros (shipping included)

174. Alchemy

For the second installment of The Mushroom Collection, Jason Fulford turned the underground space at Dexter Sinister into a one-day darkroom. Visitors passed small objects through a slot in the wall. The objects were converted into light and returned through the slot.

175. L.L.L.L. A.A.A.A.

May 27-28, 2011
ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase

176. ________________________________

177-192. Institutionalized

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
October 21, 2011 - April 8, 2012

The exhibition includes a gallery of photographs, videos, and a series of sculptural interventions within the permanent collection of the museum.

Medusa's Reflection

Rise, little chaps!


Odd Fellow

The light was sharp.

Wandering Light


Zig Zag

The spiral binder made confetti.

193-257. Stolen from the Mushroom Machine
May 30, 2012 at the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco

258. Pocket-sized
In October, 2014, a pocket paperback edition of the book will be released.

5x7 inches, 192 pages
ISBN 978-90-810584-6-9


An expanding exhibition and workshop related to
The Mushroom Collector by Jason Fulford.

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