By NAYA | 15th September 2021 – 8th May 2022
Fungus Humongous features a magical forest where everything, from fallen branches to all kinds of fungi, has been scaled up to huge proportions. This arts space commissioned by The Artground takes families into the magical forest to imagine what it could be like. We’ve prepared a fun-filled activity book featuring the mushroom in Fungus Humongous. Click here to download!
NAYA, which means new in Sanskrit, was ironically born out of a collaboration between old friends. Its founders, Durrah, Irsyad, Nadhirah and Tammy have known each other since meeting in SOTA in 2012, but NAYA was only formed in 2020 when the friends were reunited once more over the desire to reignite the spark of artistic collaboration between them. Bridged by the ethos that art should be made accessible to everyone, the group aims to make art unbounded by barriers of access such as class, age, and ability. While it sounds like an ambitious goal, the group believes in handling these issues with the gravitas they deserve, whilst also not taking themselves too seriously. When not creating art, the group enjoys taking turns to mess with each other, long conversations over pizza, and rollerskating.
To design for a better experience, the artists did their research through conducting experiential workshops with children (from both The Artground and Kindle Garden). They were able to collect valuable insights into what these children thought about the concept and how they envisioned Fungus Humongous to look like! The artists took inspiration from that and came up with the Fungus Humongous you see today.