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Kathrin Böhm, ...watch what rots / to make fertiliser / for future use..., tape on screen prints, installation view, COMPOST: Turning the Heap (detail), The Showroom, London, July 2021. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Kathrin Böhm
COMPOST: For Future Use

15 September–16 October 2021
Open Wednesday–Saturday, 12-5pm
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The Showroom reopens on Wednesday 15 September with Phase Two of COMPOST: For Future Use.

COMPOST is a unique collaborative exhibition that explores over twenty years of artist Kathrin Böhm's practice. For six weeks throughout June and July 2021, a cumulation of objects and methodologies filled the gallery space, opening up an invitation to contribute to a process of fertiliser-making: to sieve through, to assess, to archive, and to reformulate Böhm’s practice by making use of her methods of production, working one-to-one, collaboratively, and in public.

This cumulative and collaborative act of ‘turning the heap’ generated multiple hybrid, serendipitous, invited and chance one-to-one encounters; opening up new interrogations with the materiality of the work and the ideas held within.

COMPOST now re-opens in a second phase, offering a space to start drawing out fertiliser for future use, whilst dissolving the work through swapping, buying, gifting and trading; enacting possibilities of queering economies within a wider political framework of interdependence, as Böhm explores with Kuba Szreder in the
Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art (the Centre for Plausible Economies).  

The ideas that have been emerging from COMPOST accumulate around four intersecting themes, and the exhibition space For Future Use is therefore organised into distinct yet interdependent parts: 

Organisational use: how can modes of organisation in the arts align more closely with the radicality of the themes and subjects presented? 
Kathrin Böhm’s personal use: an area with notes to self and reminders of what Kathrin is taking for herself from the process of composting her work. 
Diverse economies: diagramming cultural work that is organised along lines of shared resources; highlighting the diverse and resilient economic underpinnings of solidarity economies. 
Takeaway: in this area the materiality of COMPOST will be dissolved through mutual transactions, until 16 October. 


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UPCOMING EVENT


Kathrin Böhm, excerpts from the Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art, by the Centre for Plausible Economies, published by Pirammmida, July 2020. Installation view, The Showroom, July 2021. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Art on the Scale of Change
Tuesday 12 October, 6-8.30pm
Online, free. Book
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Join us on Tuesday 12 October for an online peer-to-peer discussion that combines the critical with the practical; focused on tangible possibilities for potential futures grounded in interdependence, equity and sustainability.

With contributions from art.coop, the Centre for Plausible Economies, ruangrupaThe Showroom and The White Pube


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REVISIT EVENTS FROM COMPOST, PHASE ONE
IN THE SHOWROOM LIBRARY ONLINE


Kathrin Böhm, digitising station for material that enters the compost pile, installation view (in-progress), COMPOST. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap at The Showroom, London, Wednesday 26 May 2021. Photo: Dan Weill Photography Revisit this live online event, which brought together the opening of COMPOST. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap at The Showroom and the launch of PARSE journal issue 13 (Part 1): On the Question of Exhibition. 

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Kathrin Böhm,
COMPOST, poster and tape installed at The Showroom, July 2021, re-using material from Böhm’s exhibition andmillionsandmillions at The Showroom in Bonner Road, in 2001. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
Tune in to listen again to this collaborative online event held at the close of COMPOST phase one, in which we reflect on relative modes of composting and, in the words of Donna Harraway, ‘letting categories sit lightly’ between interdependent artistic, curatorial and institutional perspectives.

This knowledge sharing session was held between London and Zagreb, Croatia with curators Ana Kovačić, Lea Vene and artist Ana Kuzmanić in recognition of a growing number of cultural practitioners referring to ‘composting’ as a possible and necessary process, emphasising a ubiquitous and trans-local commitment to resisting a return to 'business as usual'.

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COMPOST. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap installation view (detail) at The Showroom, London. Photo: Dan Weill Photography This public conversation was organised in collaboration with Art360 Foundation around modes of archiving, held hybridly online and at The Showroom in the context of COMPOST. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap. With contributions from Chantelle Lue and ߔߎ߯ߟߍ߫ ߞߊ-ߖߊ߬ߣߏ߬ߟߌ߲߯ߗߌ (Pule kaJanolintji), UBUNGXENYE (Parthood); Hayley Newman and Bryan Reedy (HAND); and archivist and curator Laura Callegaro, introduced and chaired by Ellie Porter, Head of Programme, Art360 Foundation

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