The Soft Landings Showroom
Exhibition with Alban Karsten, Kitty Maria and Eurico Sá Fernandes (AKA the Soft Landings)


The Soft Landings are an occasional collective who appraise the phenomenon of industrialised speculation on unfortunate events and disaster. There is a corporate tendency to favor the worst case scenario, from a scratch or a burn to extraterrestrial attacks and solar flares. These conceptions of insurmountable problems are used as the basis of a series of examinations of discomfort and catastrophe. Whether opportunistic or circumspect, the responses to crisis by cyclopean commercial entities are brought to an empathic level through individual arts practice. How might the lone programmer, performer or wood-turner manifest an industrial response to the potentially inevitable?

For The Soft Landings Showroom, 200 white injection-molded, heavy-duty transport cases were imported from Ningbo, CN to Amsterdam, NL. These cases purport to be future proof, totally resistant to water, dust, shock and impact. They will live for a far longer time than anyone who visited the exhibition. For this reason, they take their rightful place as the protagonist in an examination of a fully materialised aspect of industrial speculation: the product testing phase.

Through kinetic sculpture, performance, participatory games and animation, The Soft Landings Showroom forms an expanded view of industrial testing cycles made to determine the performance and functionality of an object by its compliance to human interaction and the natural environment. The de-industrialised bespoke devices and interventions of the Showroom invite the audience to engage with disaster through the experiences of their protagonist object, and speculate on what the cases may one day contain.

Photos by Kitty Maria

Documentation of Geheimisnacht (sic) playsession at the Showroom available here.

Supported by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst