In Refraction Aernout Mik brings us to a disaster site in a nondescript environment somewhere on a road in the midst of a vast, uninhabited landscape. A bus has flipped over on its side, and crews of first responders—medical workers, firemen, and police—earnestly perform their work. We tend to thoroughly scan the site in search for victims, as we are trained to do by the media and their shock-and-awe tactics of reporting about the scenes of catastrophes. Yet besides a couple of people sitting on the side of the road warming up with blankets, there are no atrocities from the accident to be seen. Mik actively directs our view away from the center of the event, as if he were suggesting it might be too common a scene to treat as a spectacle. Instead, he lets the rescue workers go about with their work customarily, disengaged, just handling the situation as if following an often repeated, routine protocol. Not even the flock of sheep and pigs that roam across the scene causes any disturbance. By shifting the focus from the catastrophe to its aftermath dealt with professionally through ritualized behavior, Mik points out the possibility that this has become our new kind of “normalcy."