Kathrin Böhm, tape on screenprint, for Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap at The Showroom, 80x120cm. Courtesy of the artist 

The Showroom is thrilled to share that we have just launched Collective Intimacy: Reviving A Live Programme virtually on theVOV; and that we will be reopening on 15 June with Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap.

It is our hope that practices engaging in new digital and physical contexts with an ethos of reflexivity and sustainability can expand our reach as an organisation which connects and amplifies a myriad of voices. These forms of polyphonic encounter and composting – reviving the archive and turning the heap – symbolically and physically create fertiliser for future use. These gestures are grounded by a commitment to conceiving and enacting alternatives, and to not simply returning back to ‘business as usual’ – for artists, The Showroom and our wider communities.



Upcoming – at The Showroom and Online:

Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap

Kathrin Böhm, tape on paper, 60x80cm, 2021. For Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap at The Showroom. Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday 15 June 2021 – Saturday 24 July 2021
Open Wednesday–Saturday, 12-5pm
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Compost is a unique collaborative exhibition that explores twenty years of artist Kathrin Böhm’s practice. A cumulation of objects and methodologies fills the gallery space at The Showroom, opening up an invitation to contribute to a process of fertiliser-making in collaboration with Böhm: to sieve through, to assess, to archive, and to reformulate by making use of Böhm’s methods of production; working one-to-one, collaboratively, and in public.

Compost will involve a daily, live process of 'turning the heap', where local groups, colleagues and gallery visitors will actively be using and reusing the material in the space. In this way we will be producing ‘fertiliser’ for the future: for the organisation, for the artist, and for everyone who is involved. This live programme of talks, workshops, and 1:1 drop-ins will take place both at The Showroom and online. The programme will be updated regularly at and from 15 June onwards, the Compost website will show both who is in the space and how to join.

There will be a maximum capacity of ten visitors in the exhibition space per hour at The Showroom. Booking via
Eventbrite is now open. From 15 June it will also be possible to tune in online via webcam during opening hours, 12-5pm; or to book a 1:1 conversation with Kathrin over Zoom from 12-1pm during opening days.

Compost involves a new partnership with Art360 Foundation and Frances Whorrall-Campbell, enabling a process of live archiving and an online event. The subtitle, Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap, has been donated by artist Rosalie Schweiker.



Live Online Opening Event and Journal Launch

Kathrin Böhm, tape on paper and screenprint, both 80x120cm, 2021. For Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turning the Heap at The Showroom. Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday 15 June, 4:30-6.30pm BST; 5:30-7.30pm CEST
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The Showroom and PARSE invite you to a joint event to mark the opening of Compost. Kathrin Böhm: Turing the Heap at the Showroom and the launch of On the Question of Exhibition, the latest journal issue from PARSE, an online artistic research publishing platform at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing arts, University of Gothenburg.

A central contribution in the new journal issue is a discussion between Kathrin Böhm, Yolande van der Heide (Exhibitions Curator at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Gavin Wade (Director at Eastside Projects, Birmingham) and Franciska Zólyom (Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art GfZK, Leipzig) framed in response to Böhm’s use of exhibition across both art and non-art contexts. This curatorial-cum-editorial dialogue uses the methodology of composting as a process of collaborative reflection. Turning to possible future strategies of exhibition making Böhm reflects on her exhibitionary practice. The conversation highlights Böhm’s experience and tactics of a ‘one-to-one’ scale that disrupts spectatorship and collides making and showing in the same moment.

The event will begin with an exchange between Jyoti Mistry and Nick Aikens, co-editors of On the Question of Exhibition; followed by a video tour of Compost in the gallery space with Kathrin Böhm, explaining the process of piling, filing and fertilising. The Showroom’s director Elvira Dyangani Ose will then introduce the exhibition and its modes of usership in relation to institution-building; and Mick Wilson, co-editor of On the Question of Exhibition, will reflect with Böhm on her exhibitionary strategies.




Collective Intimacy: Reviving a Live Programme

Collective Intimacy: Reviving a Live Programme, Virtual Exhibition on theVOV, 2021.

We are excited to join Season One of theVOV, a new virtual arts ecosystem, combining cutting edge XR technology with pioneering micro-philanthropy hosting 15 of the UK’s leading arts organisations to revive some of their most celebrated exhibitions of the recent past. We chose to revive our immersive Collective Intimacy
platform to be accessible in a special digital archive format until 12 July 2021 on

Collective Intimacy, originally in collaboration with Prada and The Vinyl Factory, was hosted by The Showroom and The Store X in October – November 2019, launched within the Black Image Corporation installation by Theaster Gates. It took us on a journey through multiple narratives of the current Black experience, offering futuristic imaginaries as jumping off points for a collaboration. Through its initial archive on our website, and now its more dynamic and focussed presence on theVOV, Collective Intimacy continues to resonate in a moment where activists and allies across the globe have been acting against unrelenting racial violence.

In this new digital format we’re thrilled to present collateral content from the over thirty events hosted in 2019, as well as a new immersive archive experience in our virtual exhibition including videos by artists Phoebe Boswell with Bumi Thomas, Julianknxx with Thabo & Tawiah, Andrew Pierre Hart, Larry Amponsah, Thick/er Black Lines (including Rianna Jade Parker & Aurella Yussuf) with Ayo Akingbabe, Cecile Emeke & Emily Mulenga, and Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf with Blaize Henry. We’re also looking forward to hosting a Lunchtime Tour on Tuesday 8 June 1-2pm, and special Season One Closing Party on Thursday 24 June 6-8pm with even more collaborators including POSTSCRIPT, Phoebe Collings-James, and more!



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