Städtische Galerie im Kornhaus, Kirchheim unter Teck 2019
The medieval alchemy knew a primary substance, prima materia, that can be transformed by purification into nobler products. Trivial matters such as dust, mud, dew, blood, saliva, sperm, feces and urine were considered most promising materials for successful transformation. Taking the idea of prima materia we apply it to man-made substances like rubbish and debris—resources that are increasing rather than dwindling.
In its 40th year the Galerie im Kornhaus is facing a reconstruction ensuing a long-term closure of the space. We covered the galleryfloor in the Kornhaus with washed waste incinerator bottom ash. Waste incinerator bottom ash is what remains of our domestic refuse after incineration. In a refined form it becomes a product that can replace natural resources. The intervention attunes to the gutting and conversion of the gallery space.
For the time of houselessness we devised a compensation site, which can be used as a substitute space. The area equaling the footprint of the gallery space was constructed in the Buergerpark with condensed rubbish from demolished buildings.