Mitigations

Het Resort, 2018

Installation consisting of sculpture and performance, made during a six weeks residency at former gas station in Groningen.

Mitigations displayed the aftermath of a crash at a former gas station in Groningen for a period of two months. The installation changed and evolved through the interaction of passersby, who took away parts as mementos or utilized the vehicle for photos and naps. Remnants of barrier tape showed the first steps by local authorities to process the scene, later learning from the department of culture that it was a public sculpture.

The installation is a result of a performance work in which Alban Karsten tests his own proposition for a Hostile Vehicle Mitigation. These are most often very large concrete objects in public space, furbished with seating possibilities and perennial plants. They’re placed in public areas to prevent or reduce the chance of a vehicle attack. For this performance Karsten learned how to drive, in order to subsequently test his mitigation object with his car. The piece allowed the audience to witness a crash or attack, but stripped from agenda – to experience the aesthetics of tragedy in an analytical and impartial way.

Unlike a typical scene of a car crash – normally immediately barricaded and towed – the work stayed as a pending figure of catastrophe to be revisited on a daily basis.

Made possible with the kind support of Mondriaan Fonds and Het Resort.

Dimensions: 400 x 350 x 200cm
Materials: Concrete, galvanised steel, perennial plants, Peugeot 205

Footage by: Kitty Maria, Tom van Huisstede, Olga Micińska, HACHE and Steven Jouwersma
With the help and advice of: Feiko Beckers, Steven Jouwersma, Olle Stjerne, Kitty Maria, Mariken van Lammeren (stunt logistics), Philippe Wolthuis and Maaike Knibbe.