About

Alban Karsten’s practice deals with intricate subjects, such as the conditions of labor, the influence of fear on architecture and product design, and the contemporary colonization of dubious goods. In the work, he combines his sculptural and anthropological background with a strong impulse for collaboration. The results are stories told through objects and (participatory) performances.

He currently lives and works in Amsterdam, is a member of the artist collective Soft Landings, and was one of the founders of artist-run space De Gym. See and obtain his work at Patty Morgan and No New Enemies (Brussels, BE).

 

Education

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 (2005-2009)

 

Contact

info@albankarsten.com

Exhibitions

2021
Having Parts Missing, No New Enemies, Brussels, BE
Life on planet Orsimanirana, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, DE
(forthcoming)
Inclosure Acts, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, NL
Duo presentation, This Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
Duo presentation, Am Ende des Tages, Düsseldorf, DE
They Foul in the Green Opposite, Halo Kultura, Gdynia, PL

2020
Infiltrating Public Space, Het Resort, Groningen, NL
True Essentials, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Still Making Art vol. 3, ORAC, Amsterdam, NL

2019
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

2018
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

2017
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

2016
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

2015
Panspermia, Vianney Parochie, Amsterdam, NL
Hausse IV, Extrapool+Brebl, Nijmegen, NL

2014
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

2013
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

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

2011
Where the Water Tastes Like Moonshine, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL

Publications / press

2020
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

2019
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

2018
S01E03, video report by Het Resort

2017
The Applause Machine, book by Alban Karsten

2016
Daily Solo Show at the Wandering school, articles in Repubblica and Dezeen and Wallpaper

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

2013
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

2012
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 / awards / residencies

2021
Grant AFK (Development grant) for Inclosure Acts
Grant Mondriaan Fonds (Artist Project) for They Foul in the Green Opposite

2019
Grant Sandberg Instituut for (international) presentations, for Soft Landings Editions at TAC, Eindhoven
Residency at Combo, Sleeping Horses, Venice, IT

2018
Residency at Het Resort, S01E03, Groningen
Grant Mondriaan Fonds (experimenteergeld kunstenaarshonoraria) for Jumping the Shark at Het Resort, Groningen
Grant AFK for Soft Landings Showroom at Neverneverland, Amsterdam

2017
Shortlisted ‘Best Experimentation’ Milano Design Prize for The Wandering School, Milano, IT

2016
Residency at M^C^O, The Wandering School, Milano, IT
Artist in Residence at WOW, Amsterdam, NL

2015
Grant WOW (construction trailer), with Assembly Hall, Amsterdam, NL

2011
Residency at De Fabriek Eindhoven, WtWTLM, Eindhoven

Other activities

2021
Guest course The Anthropology of the Gift, with Soft Landings, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL
Tutor temporary course Infiltration Methods, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL

2020
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

2019
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

2018
Organizer and curator of Shifting Class, group show, Amsterdam, NL
Co-founder and curator of Soft Landings, Artist collective, Amsterdam, NL

2017
Seminar on AutomagiA – self-organization and artist-run spaces, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, NL

2016
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

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

2014
Egg Restaurant production in de Gym, Groningen, NL

2013
Residency program Take on, Take over in cooperation with Sign, de Gym, Groningen, NL
Guest tutor of Project Week, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL