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‘Observe everything’: Neil Gaiman’s celebration of culture’s journey from science to knowledge

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.

The UK-born writer Neil Gaiman wrote the poem ‘The Mushroom Hunters’ for an event held in Brooklyn in 2017 to celebrate ‘great scientists and scientific discoveries’. In this animated adaptation of the poem performed by his wife, the American musician and artist Amanda Palmer, its themes of inherited wisdom, female power and humanity’s irrepressible pursuit of knowledge are visualised in striking watercolours to offer a richly imagined perspective on the relationship between science and culture.

Via Open Culture

Director: Caroline Rudge

Producer: Alexandra Casswell Becker

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Website: Creative Connection Animation Studio

30 January 2020

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