It’s not a plant, not a fungi, and not an animal. It has no brain… yet it’s alive, it feeds, makes decisions, and it moves. It dates back to primordial times, can survive for decades, and it is all around us: in forests and urban lawns, in tropical jungle canopies and under your feet. Welcome to the world of slime mold - an entity so strange scientists speculate it may be a visitor from outer space.
Artists find slime mold is an inspired collaborator, producing fabulous, intricate cellular patterns as it stretches out to ingest cannily placed oat flakes, while computer and robotics engineers are seeking to integrate it in organic intelligence systems. In some labs slime mold is even composing music…
Amazing how rich and fascinating a single cell organism can be! This infinitely curious and sometimes creepy documentary melds trippy, hallucinogenic imagery evocative of shlock movies like The Blob and Phase IV with an inventive electronic score by Jim O’Rourke, and an eccentric gallery of biologists, graphic artists and robotic engineers into a uniquely diverting whole.
"Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you’re some way to understanding The Creeping Garden." James Marsh, Twitch
"Improbably delightful." Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A trippy philosophical exploration of our place in the world and the really weird things just beneath us." Norman Wilner, Now Toronto