The Guide

Huis Marseille, 2017

Participatory performance during Museumnacht at Huis Marseille.

Alban Karsten appointed himself as a guide through the narrow passages and steep staircases of Huis Marseille, with his personal belief that the best way to get to know an architecture is by carrying objects through it.

The object, in the start of the tour defined as “The Problem”, has to travel with the group at all times during the course of the tour. The Guide asks his participants to carry this problem for him, but in order to successfully ascend and descend the stairs without getting stuck, the problem is designed as a solution.

During the performance, The Guide uses strategies dissected from television codes; sharing an intimate story as a motive to carry the object around as a pain body. In order to create the feeling of a common objective, the audience is invited to add personal anecdotes that will charge the object.

The Guide is an investigation into different carrier modes of an audience — exploring how to plant collective sentiment and building purpose for a collective action.

Dimensions: 80 x 250 x 120 cm (The Problem)
Materials: plywood, pine round wooden rods, hand turned oak handles

Made possible with the kind help of WOW Amsterdam, Huis Marseille, Tom Kemp, Cyril MenouillardKitty Maria and the participants.