About

Alban Karsten is a sculptor and performance artist exploring the potential roles of the artist and his audience. His projects are inquiries into work, labour and action where he usually grants himself with a job of any kind too. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

Education

Sandberg Institute, MA (2015-2017)
Religious Studies, University of Groningen (2008-2009)
Minerva Academy, BFA (2005-2009)

Contact

info@albankarsten.com

Shows

2017 – Circa…dit – Fake Money Love, Arnhem
2017 – Huis Marseille – The Guide, Amsterdam
2017 – Galerie Sign – The Bad Drawing Competition, Groningen
2017 – Krux Amsterdam – The Bubble in Epistemic Terms, Amsterdam
2017 – WOW Amsterdam – X-C dinner performance, Amsterdam
2017 – International Design Biennial – Free Muscle Memory, St. Etienne (FR)
2016 – De Appel Arts Centre – The Soft Landings, Amsterdam
2016 – Butcher’s Tears – Maintenance, Amsterdam
2016 – M^C^O – Daily Solo Show, Milan (IT)
2016 – WOW Amsterdam – Assembly Hall, Amsterdam
2015 – Vianney Parochie – Panspermia, Amsterdam
2015 – De Gym – Alban Karsten Benefietavond, Groningen
2015 – Brebl / Extrapool – Hausse IV, Nijmegen
2014 – OBA – I am not doing anything until I feel the need, Amsterdam
2014 – De Nederlandsche Bank – I am not doing anything until I feel the need, Amsterdam
2014 – De Gym – Mini Drawings, Groningen
2014 – Kunstvlaai 2014 / Galerie Sign – The Propeller Field, Amsterdam
2014 – De Gym – Het Eierrestaurant, Groningen
2013 – All is Giving + De Gym – Lightboxing, Groningen
2013 – Public Art Space – All is Giving, Groningen
2013 – De Gym – Trendy Asian Night Restaurant, Groningen
2013 – WTTV / Galerie Sign – Heilige Huisjes, Leeuwarden
2013 – De Duitse Ambassade – Skewed garden, Groningen
2013 – Galerie Cecilia Jaime – foundfootage.be: Rheum, Gent (BE)
2012 – Kunstvlaai 2012 / Galerie Sign – 24hr LAN-Party People by Group XIII, Amsterdam
2012 – MMM – Munnekeholm Midgetgolf Mania, Groningen
2012 – Untitled – Untitled#14, Groningen
2011 – De Fabriek – Where the Water Tastes Like Moonshine, Eindhoven
2009 – Galerie Arteria – Pelgrimage, Dwingeloo
2008 – Galerie Sign – They are thieves like you, but on another level, Groningen
2007 – EMAF – Vol. XYZ, Osnabrück (DE)

Publications

2017 – The Applause MachineBook by Alban Karsten
2016 – Daily Solo Show at the Wandering school – articles in Repubblica and Dezeen
2014 – I am not doing anything until I feel the needArtist calendar by Joanneke Meester
2013 – All is GivingBook by Ad de Jong en Esther de Graaf
2013 – 2009, The Year I Spent Fighting Chemtrails – Book by Alban Karsten
2013 – RheumBook by foundfootage.be
2012 – 24hr LAN Party People – articles by Trendbeheer (pt. I), Overdose.am and Trendbeheer (pt. II)

Other

2017 – Seminar on AutomagiA, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
2016 – Curator and showhost of The Soft Landings charity gala at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
2016 – Store Interior + Objects, The Lair of Kånken, Fjällräven, Paris (FR)
2016 – Curator and showhost of the Daily Solo Show, during 17 days in M^C^O, Milano (IT)
2016 – Interior + Objects Blue Hotel for Hotel Milano, in M^C^O, Milano (IT)
2015/16 – Co-founder / CMO of Assembly Hall, Amsterdam
2014 – Egg Restaurant project in de Gym, Groningen
2014 – Store Interior + Objects, Stardust, Groningen
2013/15 – Co-owner / curator of de Gym, midnight stage for contemporary culture, Groningen
2013 – Residency programme Take on, Take over in cooperation with Sign in de Gym, Groningen
2013 – Trendy Asian Night Restaurant project in de Gym, Groningen
2013 – Guest teacher of Project Week Minerva Academy, Groningen
2012 – Store Interior + Objects, Untitled#14, Groningen