The public version of COMPOST at The Showroom is now finished.

We have now added the recordings from the various events and conversations in The Showroom and online to this website and The Showroom online library.

Digitised material from working through and with COMPOST keeps getting added to the database here, which in the near future will become my permanent website. The entries are organised by order of use, and new groupings and categories will appear.

A critical reader/artist book is planned for summer 2022, co-edited with Mick Wilson (Valand Academy), Paul O'Neill (PUBLICS) and The Showroom, and published by Sternberg Press.

Phase 02: For Future Use
15 September to 16 October 2021

Opening Hours Wednesday to Saturday from 12-5pm
COMPOST is slowly dissolving and Objects can be for free, for swap and for sale. Following Grace Ndiritu’s suggestion: “Give it all away and burn the rest.”

Special Event 📯
Tuesday 12 October, 4–6.30pm, online
Art on the Scale of Change
Presentations and Q&A with contributions from; Centre for Plausible Economies, The Showroom, ruangrupa and The White Pube.

Phase 01: Turning the Heap
15 June to 24 July 2021

Tuesday 15 June, 4.30–6.30pm
Opening Event

Compost opens online on Tuesday 16 via zoom on Eventbrite - in conjunction with the Launch of PARSE Journal issue #13, On the Question of Exhibition. Joining from The Showroom are Elvira Dyangani Ose, Lily Hall and myself. Joining from PARSE are Nick Aikens, Jyoti Mistry and Mick Wilson
PAY: all participants are paid according to their organisational status with PARSE and with The Showroom.

Wednesday 16 June, 6–7pm
Composting ideas around art, business and transparency, online talk in conjunction with Trajna Collective’s Summer School at Krater in Ljubljana. Event Link
PAY: Kathrin receives Eur 250 for the talk, through an EU grant to Krater

Thursday 17 June, 12–2pm
Decision Making Time, together with Wapke Feenstra, going through the material objects in the space, that are directly connected to Myvillages’ work. Zoom link
PAY: internal unpaid Myvillages meeting

Thursday 17 June, 4pm
Maja and Reuben Fowkes and Jen Kratochvil - talking trans-local
PAY: no pay involved

Saturday 19 June, 12–5pm
Digitising the material objects at COMPOST, one by one, with curator and archivist Laura Callegaro, supported by 360 Foundation
Zoom Link
PAY: Laura is paid £200/day through the 360 Foundation, for total 6 days of work

Tuesday 22 June 2–3.30pm
With my colleague Wapke Feenstra from Myvillages, and Jane Scarth and Sofia Victorino, curators of Setting the Table: Village Politics and Rural Assembly, both @Whitechapel, reflecting on The Rural two years on.
PAY: Wapke keeps Kathrin's Eur 200 from a joint talk at University of Kassel earlier this year

Tuesday 22 June 3.30pm
Chantelle Lue from UBUNGXENYE (Parthood) / School of Commons visits in preparation for a wider sharing of ideas with ߔߎ߯ߟߍ߫ ߞߊ-ߖߊ߬ߣߏ߬ߟߌ߲߯ߗߌ (Pule kaJanolintji) about organising knowledge and data.
PAY: not involved yet

Wednesday 23 June 9.30–10.30am
Katherine Gibson: on interdependence and complicity, a Diverse Economies approach to making other worlds possible.

Catherine Gibson from Community Economy Institute on Interdependence and Complicity, an informal presentation and conversation to approach diverse income streams in the arts, and handling the fact that we sustain the system with funders whose ethics we don't share.
Zoom Link
PAY: reciprocal unpaid contribution

Wednesday 23 June at 1.30pm
Avery Gordon, visiting, we decide there and then if to turn on Zoom
No PAY involved

Wednesay 23 June at 3pm
Clare Cumberlidge visiting, together with Ayisha de Lanerolle (tbc)
No PAY involved

Thursday 24 June 9.30–11am
Meeting with Grace Ndiritu to talk about describing and categorising value that go into artistic work and are generated through it.
Zoom Link
PAY: £200 standard The Showroom speaker fee from ACE funding

Thursday 24 June 11–11.20am
Weekly coffee meeting with Mick Wilson and Paul O’Neill.
PAY: in kind contribution to the publication

Thursday 24 June at 3pm
Peter Mutschler from PS2 in Belfast visiting.
PAY: no pay, Peter happens to be in town

Friday 25 June at 2pm
Kate Obussier, Social Regeneration Project Manager at Church Street Regeneration Programme, Westminster City Council visiting
PAY: according to Kate's working day within WCC

Monday 28 June at 10 am
Meting with Kuba online to sketch out the economic underpinnings of COMPOST.
PAY: £200 standard The Showroom speaker fee from ACE funding

Monday 28 June at 1pm
Rhine Bernardino visiting, catching up on earlier conversations on critical rural art and DIY saving schemes.
PAY: not involved

Tuesday 29 June 11am–2pm
School visit - workshop - Care about art?
Not public.
PAY: not involved

Tuesday 29 June 2–3 pm
Meeting Ruth Claxton and Gavin Wade from Eastside Projects , generating and taping metaphors for Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
Zoom Link
PAY: Kathrin to get paid £50

Tuesday 29 June at 4pm
Internal Keep it Complex - Make it Clear, to discuss the dissolving of the collective material archive. Not public.
PAY: not involved

Wednesday 30 June at 10am
Meeting on zoom with Paul O'Neill who curated Coalesce in different places and across many years, including works by Eduardo Padilha and Jaimie Gili who will also be joining.
PAY: not involved

Wednesday 30 June at 5-6.30pm
Meronomy: approaching the archive with curiosity
Watch the recording online.

With contributions from Chantelle Lue and ߔߎ߯ߟߍ߫ ߞߊ-ߖߊ߬ߣߏ߬ߟߌ߲߯ߗߌ (Pule kaJanolintji), UBUNGXENYE (Parthood); Hayley Newman and Bryan Reedy (HAND); and Laura Callegaro, introduced and chaired by Ellie Porter, Head of Programme, Art360 Foundation. Tickets on Eventbrite here.
PAY: all speakers are paid £200, £500 contribution by 360 Foundation

Thursday 1 July at 11am
Meeting Paul O Neill to go through all the printed material from exhibitions curated by Paul, using my posters, together with Eduardo Padilha (tbc).
Zoom link
PAY: not involved

Thursday 1 July from 4–6pm
Company Drinks Team visit, revisiting the art origins of Company Drinks, to discuss and decide what's still of value and what to carry forward as an organisation.
Zoom link
PAY: usual Company Drinks pay of £12.50/hour paid through the Centre for Plausible Economies

Friday 2 July at 4pm
Céline Condorelli to come to COMPOST to talk about value and function of our shared studio, and what the removal of my objects from the space means for future use.
Zoom link
PAY: swapping art works

Saturday 3 July from 12–4pm

Knowledge sharing and exchange: The Good Food Collective who are linked to Company Drinks in Barking and Dagenham, are visiting The Showroom to meet The Sunflower Cooperative for a knowledge sharing session and food-focused tour around Edgware Road.
Meeting point: 12pm at The Showroom. There will then be a reciprocal trip and knowledge sharing in Barking and Dagenham in September.
PAY: all travel costs to be covered and £250 towards the Sunflower Cooperative from ACE funding

Tuesday 6 July at 2pm
Joon Lynn is coming for a visit, and the experience of two weeks of composting is going to direct the conversation.
PAY: standard £200 fee for speakers at The Showroom from ACE funding

Tuesday 6 July at 4pm
Zoom meeting with Stefan Saffer, Albrecht Schäfer and Albert Weis, who together with Kathrin were all part of an informal artist group called SET, which would self-organise exhibitions in the mid 1990s.
PAY: no pay involved

Thursday 8 July at 10am
Workshop in the gallery space with Local Knowledge Group.
PAY: travel costs and time covered for all participants (12.50/hour)

Thursday 8 July at 12pm
Carlotta Jacoby, student CSM MA Arts and Cultural Enterprises - research visit.
PAY: not involved

Thursday 8 July from 2–4pm
Meetup with the curatorial team from Kunstbunker Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, to start the editorial work for a Fanzine that captures When Decicions Become Art.
Zoom link
PAY: not involved

Wednesday 14 July from 10am-12pm
Workshop with the Tanner Lane Art Commissioning Team.
PAY: additional fee and budget froma. public art commission

Wednesday 14 July from 12–1.30pm
Meeting with Mick Wilson who instigated a conversation about the role of exhibitions in my practice, together with Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, Gavin Wade and Franciska Zólyom, all contributors to PARSE magazine issue 13: On the Question of Exhibition.
Zoom link
PAY: PARSE fees to all contributors

Thursday 15 July from 10.30-12.00
Workshop with PIP to continue workshops we started in 2013 as part of The Showroom's Communal Knowledge Programme. Princess Arcade, Piccadilly Road.
PAY: no additional pay

Thursday 12 July 12-2pm
Meeting with Designers An Endless Supply and Gerrie van Noord to sieve through books and publications.
PAY: fees covered by the budget for the upcoming publication

Thursday 15 July from 5pm
Meeting with members of The Showroom Board and Team.
PAY: covered through ongoing agreements

Wednesday 21 July at 9am
Conversation and Interview with School of Instituting Otherwise, Meenakshi Thirukode and Madeleine Collie, reflecting on the Eco Nomadic School and pedagogies from the practice.
PAY: not involved

Wednesday 21 July at 11am
Conversation with curator and colleague Miguel Amado, who has supported the Compost idea since 2018.
Pay: not involved

Wednesday 21 July at 2pm
Markus Verhagen bringing a group of curatorial students for a "field trip".
Pay: not involved

Saturday 24 July at 4pm
Com as in Compost
Closing event for Phase 01 of COMPOST, a talk and informal knowledge exchange between The Showroom and Galerija Noav in Zagreb. More information here.
Pay: no additional fee for The Showroom Team, standard artist of £200 fee for the contributors from Zagreb

Sunday 25 July until Wednesday 15 September
COMPOST remains closed and is resting in the dark throughout August.

Wednesday 15 September
Opening of Phase 02

Saturday 18 October
Final Day of COMPOST

Please contact me if you would like to meet up at COMPOST
and e-mail kathrin(at)

PAY indicates the deal per event (in total Kathrin receives £3000 for COMPOST, funded through an ACE Projects Grant. This is the standard fee for a solo-exhibition at The Showroom.

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Last updated: 2022-02-27