compost care - moving, listening, writing, soundmaking

Andrea Lumplecker
Arts and Society, Art and Knowledge Transfer
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05120


a seminar of Klasse für Alle in cooperation with Klima Biennale Wien

At compost group (Klasse für Alle), we care about compost in an organic as well as in a metaphorical sense. Composting is a ritual of gathering, acknowledging and transforming and becomes a metaphor for all life processes. By learning to see and recognize nutrient cycles, we give meaning to organic residue and unlearn the human-made definition of waste vs. valuable material. MOVING, (DEEP) LISTENING, WRITING, SOUNDMAKING are just a few of the (metaphorical) means we use to dig deeper into compost(ing). We will intertwine those practices with building an organic compost heap and take care of the materials' transformations. Finally, composting in Klasse für Alle also means community building, cooperation & care.
We are humus, not homo, not anthropos; we are compost, not posthuman. (Donna Haraway)

In our first three sessions in March, we will work with our hands: building the compost heap at the Klimabiennale Areal, and organizing compost care – never forgetting essential texts of compost theory. From April on there will be public workshops. From mid-May, you can organize your own workshops around the compost heap, after consulting and planning with compost group, if you like.



In LISTENING/SOUNDMAKING, a workshop with musician Paul Ebhart, we will use different microphones and recording devices to deeply listen to our fellow more-than-human beings in and around our compost heap. We will question, deconstruct and abstract what we hear, and re-assemble our recordings in a spontaneous orchestra. This compost orchestra (under the direction of musician Paul Ebhart) will improvise their compost recordings in a live performance next to the compost heap.

The workshop SEEDING AS SPECULATING, AS WRITING AND AS COMMONING (facilitated by Vik Bayer + Michael Reindel) deals with seeding and composting as artistic methods. The book “Material Notions of Seeding” is taken as a starting point and as a resource for motifs like speculative fiction, non-linear unfolding of time and composting in the context of critical ecologies. Composting as a mode of composition, textual arrangement and a space of imagination that allows the co-creation of new meanings. These themes will be explored together with the participants in the form of various writing exercises. “Material Notions of Seeding” is a book published by Vik Bayer and Michael Reindel in 2023 that collects contributions by various authors.

WATERING WORDS (Kristina Feldhammer, Joanna Gruntkowska, Małgorzata Suś) is based on the idea of connectivity and solidarity of various bodies of water. We explore different ways of moving, sensing and communicating with each other and our immediate surroundings – understanding their as well as our own watery relations and how a place, a body, is shaped by them. The methods used in the workshop will be a variety of somatic and movement practices as well as writing and walking together as a way of (at)tending to a place, tracing its boundaries and thinking beyond them.

Registration - if you are not inscribed at Angewandte - at:

Examination Modalities

Klasse für Alle participants who are not inscribed at Angewandte can get a certificate for participation in the seminar.  Requirements:
- regular attendance (80%)
- active participation in building the compost heap & compost care throughout Klima Biennale, in cooperation with Augarten, neighbour communities, schools. We will set up a schedule for this in the first session
- participation in writing for the accompanying compost "book" (related to the topics of the workshops)
- It is possible to plan/organize/host one "compost event" with the group  in the course of Klima Biennale.


08 March 2024, 14:00–17:00 Studio of Klasse für Alle, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Schönlaterngasse 5, Stairs 8, ground floor , "GROUP BUILDING / COMPOST READINGS / PLANNING THE COMPOST HEAP"
15 March 2024, 14:00–17:00 Studio of Klasse für Alle , "COMPOST READINGS / INTRO LISTENING/RECORDING with Paul Ebhart"
22 March 2024, 14:00–17:00 Area of Klima Biennale, Nordwestbahnhof Gelände, 1200 Wien , "BUILDING THE COMPOST HEAP "
12 April 2024, 14:00–18:00 Area of Klima Biennale , "LISTENING/RECORDING/SOUNDMAKING + LIVE ACT " (guest lecture: Paul Ebhart)
26 April 2024, 14:00–17:00 Area of Klima Biennale , "SEEDING AS SPECULATING, AS WRITING AND AS COMMONING" (guest lecture: Vik Bayer + Michael Reindel)
03 May 2024, 14:00–17:00 Area of Klima Biennale , "MOVING/WRITING/MEANDERING " (guest lecture: Watering Words – Kristina Feldhammer, Joanna Gruntkowska, Małgorzata Suś)
04 May 2024, 14:00–17:00 Area of Klima Biennale , "WALKING " (guest lecture: Watering Words – Kristina Feldhammer, Joanna Gruntkowska, Małgorzata Suś)
28 June 2024, 14:00–15:30 Area of Klima Biennale , "FINAL MEETING OF COMPOST GROUP "

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00
Via online registration

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible