Willoughby Arevalo is a mycologist, naturalist, visual artist, interdisciplinary performer, author and educator. He is passionate about how fungal lives shape our world. His lifelong friendship with fleshy fungi has led him down a mycelial pathway – from a start in field identification and mushroom hunting, branching into cuisine, DIY cultivation, farming, education, writing and eco-arts. For over a decade, he has shared mycology with communities across North America, especially his own. His community-engaged art work engages fungi in the artmaking process: thematically, materially, and as active collaborators. Originally from Arcata, California (Wiyot and Yurok Territories), he strives to be a good guest on Coast Salish Territory.
Isabelle Kirouac is an award-winner transdisciplinary artist, choreographer, mother and educator. She uses movement as a tool to investigate the poetics of the senses, and to process questions raised in her everyday life. Informed by her extensive studies in dance improvisation, somatic practices, and olfactory arts, her movement research focuses on creating relationships between art and fungi through movement practice, immersive performance, and community-engaged projects. Isabelle performed extensively across Canada, the USA, Mexico, Colombia and Europe, and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She is a guest on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, where she lives and plays.