Exhibition view, “The Garden Bridge”, Brücke Museum
We are compost (bed), 2019
We are compost (blueprint), 2019
cyanotype on cotton
600cm x 150cm
We are compost (chair), 2019
Wooden lawn chair with digital print on polyester
We are compost revolves around a large communal compost pile in the small village of Melzow in Brandenburg. The local garden and yard refuse has piled high over many years, leading to a widely varied ecosystem of flowers, vegetables and other plants growing wild from it. Rixen has transplanted various species to the garden bed at Die Brücke Museum, also displaying a large-scale cyanotype made in Melzow of the plants and a garden chair printed with a photo of the original site. The caretaker of the pile recently passed away, a reminder that we too are part of the same cycles as these plants. The title is a reference to a line from Donna J. Haraway's book Staying with the Trouble: "We are humus, not Homo, not anthropos; we are compost, not posthuman."