Alban Karsten uses his anthropological background to enter into collaborations in order to get to know “the other”. He regularly invites professionals from different fields, such as social psychologists, blacksmiths and hypnotists, to participate in an artistic project. With his performances and sculptures, Alban examines what it means to be an expert (or a charlatan?) and how the amateur relates to that.

Currently, he is exploring the history of fences, horse jumping and contemporary disaster prevention. He lives and works in Amsterdam at Werkgebouw Het Veem, is a member of the artist collective Soft Landings, and was one of the founders of artist-run space De Gym.

Alban is represented by Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, NL.



MA in Art and Design, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, NL (2015-2017)
Religious Anthropology (minor), University of Groningen, NL (2008-2009)
BA in Fine Arts, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL (2006-2010)





Forthcoming: De Hekken van Beetsterzwaag, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL
Art Rotterdam, booth 69, with Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
Cash 23, Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

Beeld<en>Storm, Oosterkerk, Amsterdam, NL
Beauty and Enclosures, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, NL
The Last Expert, DTRH, Beuningen, NL
Next Viewing in Three Days, W139, Amsterdam, NL
Videoranjersey, Jersey Arts Centre, St. Helier, Jersey

On Beauty and Deconstruction, Halo Kultura, Gdynia, PL
A Large Room with a Little Headrest, Am Ende des Tages, Düsseldorf, DE
Duo presentation, This Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
Life on planet Orsimanirana, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE
Having Parts Missing, No New Enemies, Brussels, BE

Infiltrating Public Space, Het Resort, Groningen, NL
True Essentials, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Still Making Art vol. 3, ORAC, Amsterdam, NL

UP-DATE, Sign, Groningen, NL
The Creeper, Art Bar Kippy, Amsterdam, NL
Sleeping Horses, Combo, Venice, IT
Soft Landings Editions, TAC, Eindhoven, NL
Soft Landings Editions, Sexyland, Amsterdam, NL
Anomia 2, At7, Amsterdam, NL

Jumping the Shark, Het Resort, Groningen, NL
Shifting Class, Gsus showroom, Amsterdam, NL
Bufferzone, De Apotheek, Amsterdam, NL
Soft Landings Showroom, Neverneverland, Amsterdam, NL
Santé 4, WORM, Rotterdam, NL

The Guide, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, NL
Fake Money Love, Circa…dit, Arnhem, NL
The Bad Drawing, Sign, Groningen, NL
The Bubble in Epistemic Terms, Krux, Amsterdam, NL
X-C dinner performance, WOW, Amsterdam, NL
Free Muscle Memory, International Design Biennial, St. Etienne, FR

The Soft Landings, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
Maintenance, Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam, NL
Coffee, Cigarettes and Air Conditioners, WOW, Amsterdam, NL
Daily Solo Show, M^C^O, Milano, IT
Assembly Hall, WOW, Amsterdam, NL

Panspermia, Vianney Parochie, Amsterdam, NL
Hausse IV, Extrapool+Brebl, Nijmegen, NL

I am not doing anything until I feel the need, OBA, Amsterdam, NL
I am not doing anything until I feel the need, DNB, Amsterdam, NL
Mini Drawings, De Gym, Groningen, NL
The Propeller Field, Kunstvlaai 2014 + Sign, Amsterdam, NL
Egg Restaurant, De Gym, Groningen, NL

All is Giving, Public Art Space, Groningen, NL
Trendy Asian Night Restaurant, De Gym, Groningen, NL
Heilige Huisjes, Sign, Leeuwarden, NL
Skewed garden, De Duitse Ambassade, Groningen, NL
foundfootage.be: Rheum, Galerie Cecilia Jaime, Gent, BE

24hr LAN-Party People by Group XIII, Kunstvlaai 2012 + Sign, Amsterdam, NL
MMM, P.A.S., Groningen, NL
Untitled #14, Untitled, Groningen, NL

Where the Water Tastes Like Moonshine, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL


Publications / press

De laatste Expert, essay by Alban Karsten (Dutch)
W139 hosts (…), article by Parool

Life on Planet Orsimanirana, publication by Jerszy Seymour, Lukas Feireiss and Tulga Beyerle, published by Spector Books
Druk om te pres(en)teren, article by Mister Motley
Nieuwe ontmoetingen op This Art Fair, article by Jegens & Tevens
This Art Fair 2021, article by Lost Painters

En de openbare ruimte dan?, article by Het Resort
het resort – nomadisch Gronings kunstinitiatief (…), article by Jegens & Tevens
Still Making Art vol. 3, covered by Tzvetnik, AQNB, O Fluxo, KubaParis
Hoe meer stenen, hoe hoger de top, article by Mister Motley

La Giovane arte internazionale (…), article by La Nuova
‘Een boost voor de beroepspraktijk (…)’, article by Mondriaan Fonds
Jumping the Shark, publication by Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt and Anna Rosja Haveman

S01E03, video report by Het Resort

The Applause Machine, book by Alban Karsten

Daily Solo Show at the Wandering school, articles in Repubblica and Dezeen and Wallpaper

I am not doing anything until I feel the need, artist calendar by Joanneke Meester
Kunstvlaai 2014, article by Trendbeheer

All is Giving, book by Ad de Jong en Esther de Graaf
2009, The Year I Spent Fighting Chemtrails, book by Alban Karsten
Rheum, book by foundfootage.be

Kunstvlaai 2012, een eerste ronde, articles by Trendbeheer (pt. I) and Trendbeheer (pt. II)
Kunstvlaai 2012 is brimming with joyous creativity, article Overdose.am


Grants / commissions / awards / residencies

Residency at Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL
Residency at Landescape, Sicily, IT

Commission to design an honorary distinction, made for the ECF
Grant Werktuig PPO
Support grant Pictoright

Grant AFK (Development grant) for Inclosure Acts
Residency at Halo Kultura, Gdynia, PL
Grant Mondriaan Fonds (Artist Project) for They Foul in the Green Opposite

Grant Sandberg Instituut for (international) presentations, for Soft Landings Editions at TAC, Eindhoven
Residency at Combo, Sleeping Horses, Venice, IT

Residency at Het Resort, S01E03, Groningen
Grant Mondriaan Fonds (experimenteergeld kunstenaarshonoraria) for Jumping the Shark at Het Resort, Groningen, NL
Grant AFK for Soft Landings Showroom at Neverneverland, Amsterdam, NL

Shortlisted ‘Best Experimentation’ Milano Design Prize for The Wandering School, Milano, IT

Residency at M^C^O, The Wandering School, Milano, IT
Artist in Residence at WOW, Amsterdam, NL

Grant WOW (construction trailer), with Assembly Hall, Amsterdam, NL

Residency at De Fabriek Eindhoven, WtWTLM, Eindhoven


Other activities

Member of Nieuw Dakota program board, Amsterdam, NL
Guest tutor at Bcademie, Rotterdam, NL
Curator w/ Ellis Kat: Dakota by Night: the Ritual Cleansing, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
Exhibition concept w/ Ellis Kat: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
Guest lecture On self-organisation, AKV|St.Joost, Breda, NL
Tutor temporary course Infiltration Methods, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL

Guest lecture on A History of Fences and Ornamentation, invited by Job Wouters, KABK, Den Haag, NL
Window exhibition What Artist Wear, with Jackie Forro, curated by Marieke van Ekeren, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Amsterdam, NL
Guest course The Anthropology of the Gift, with Soft Landings, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL
Tutor temporary course Infiltration Methods, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL

Co-curator Infiltrating Public Space, Het Resort, Groningen, NL
Organization and moderation of lecture about lobbying as a form of infiltration, by Eline Huisman, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL (online)
Tutor temporary course Infiltration Methods, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL
Moderator for Zomaar Radio artist talk Little Nostrum, Het Resort, NL

Guest tutor workshop at the basic year, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
Curation and exhibitions design of Sleeping Horses, Combo, Venice, IT
Curation and production of Soft Landings editions, TAC, Eindhoven and Sexyland, Amsterdam, NL
Guest tutor / mid-exam jury at D.A.D., Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, NL
Artist talk and screening at Het Resort S01E03, finissage, Groningen, NL

Organizer and curator of Shifting Class, group show, Amsterdam, NL
Co-founder and curator of Soft Landings, Artist collective, Amsterdam, NL

Seminar on AutomagiA – self-organization and artist-run spaces, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, NL

Curator and show host of The Soft Landings charity gala at de Appel, Amsterdam, NL
Store Interior + Objects for The Lair of Kånken, Fjällräven, Paris, FR
Curator and show host of the Daily Solo Show, M^C^O, Milano, IT
Interior + Objects Blue Hotel for Hotel Milano, M^C^O, Milano, IT

Founder / curator of artist-run space de Gym (from 2013-2015), Groningen, NL

Egg Restaurant production in de Gym, Groningen, NL

Residency program Take on, Take over in cooperation with Sign, de Gym, Groningen, NL
Guest tutor of Project Week, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL