ABOUT THIS SITE >>> This site is a blog as well as an archive. It gives visibility to the actual working of radical_hope, to the research project Distraction As Discipline (2016 - 2019) and the process of OTÇOE - works for passers-by, a working trajectory (2013 and 2014).

Distraction As Discipline is an investigation into enactivist principles in art and education (research trajectory at KASK School of Arts Ghent 2016-19). It considers the potential of performance art and pedagogy in general, in resisting the current and massive desubjectivation, by critically reclaiming both, attention for the moment and participation in a process.

OTÇOE - works for passers-by was the development of radical_hope's artistic practice in the city and questioned how and by whom this practice (and its personal, social and economical aspects) is perceived. The title refers to the public of a city and to how we encounter and register most things on our way through the city: Out of The Corner of Our Eyes. OTÇOE.


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03-04-2019 [• DAD - education • CASC at KASK ]

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[CASC] is organised in the context of Distraction as Discipline (DAD) - an investigation into the function of attention and participation in performance art and pedagogy (Langsdorf & Luyten 2016-2019). [CASC] guests / encounters with: Alex Arteaga, Tawny Andersen, Julien Bruneau, Julia Barrios de la Mora, Gaia Carabillo,
Boyzie Cekwana, Julien De Smet, Klaas Devos, Lauren Grusenmeyer, David Helbich, Anouk Llaurens, Barbara Raes, School of Love, Miriam Rohde & Laetitia Gendre, Rudi Laermans, Bauke Lievens, Mårten Spångberg, Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, Kristof Van Baarle, Adva Zakai.


Choreography AS Conditioning [CASC] is exploring both, the notion of choreography as well as of conditioning, both in art-making as well as in society-making.

Choreography in its widest sense is a way for organising subjects in their surroundings,
conditions are states or situations we are undergoing. How do we get choreographed? Where do we undergo organization and conditioning? How and by whom things get organised and what kind of experience is made im/possible?

Artists from various fields of art (dance, choreography, architecture, fine arts, ...),
working with choreographically-conditioning aspects, will first work with students in a series
of workshops, lectures, masterclasses and projects (collaborations of different departments at KASK) and eventually be brought together through a symposium in 2019.

An essay-writing proces is running in parallel to the unfolding of the planned guest-projects, leading to a series of publications.


In March 2017 students worked with Julia Barrios de la Mora (choreographer), Julien Bruneau (choreographer / visual artist) & Martine Huvenne (researcher), Laetitia Gendre (visual artist) & Miriam Rohde (architect), attend a master class by Rudi Laermans (sociology / KU Leuven) or the reflection-sessions with Alex Arteaga (architecture, philosophy UDK Berlin), Adva Zakai (choreographer) and Heike Langsdorf (choreography, performance).

The first book >>> Thinking Conditioning through Practice <<< bundles reflections by guests of this first moment.


A second moment, this time with choreographer Mårten Spångberg, a collaboration with the drama department of KASK), Vooruit and SMAK, was planned to take place from 4th of February until 3rd of March 2018. An unexspected cancellation of this encounter left a true void.

Within this unfilled time and space conversations and working sessions with School of Love, Barbara Raes, Tawny Andersen, Boyzie Cekwana, Bauke Lievens, Gaia Carabillo, Lauren Grusenmeyer and Julien De Smet are now resulting in the configuration of the second book Practicing the Future through Voicing (working title).


A third CASC at KASK moment, a mastercalss with David Helbich, happened in the fall 2018 as a collaboration with the MAnaMA programme (Conservatorium). In conversation with Joris Blanckaert this working moment grew into the preparation for a public event for April 2019: House Of Ear: ... an immersive and interactive sound installation. The audience can follow a course through various rooms where different stages of sound-thinking, over sound-hearing, towards sound-listening can be perceived and investigated. The final goal is an audience that explores their active listening. The listener will reflect on their position in the act of listening, on what physical and mental activities does she or he process, and ultimately on the paradigm of self-performance. House of Ear is the sonic equivalence of a detox diet: a workshop of selfcaring by using your ears. Foucault’s notion of Care of the Self, as well as Instagram’s cucumber slice pictures with hashtags such as #selfcare, #selfcaresunday and #metime, meet aesthetic expression. All with a little bit of irony, but serious at the same time. 

A third publication will stem from the working on this project and co-configured together with David Helbich.


In February 2019, Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans are inviting students to a masterclass co-organised with Antony Hudek (Curatorial Studies), Peter Westenberg (Autonomous Design) and Lars Kwakkenbos (Faculty Comission Film, Photography, Drama) into their long term artistic research project ‘A Modest Proposal’. Fascinated in reclaiming the invisible of financial policy making since many years, this masterclass will leap into the realm where it is very complex to still precisely make out who / what is causing who / what. The magic and dynamics of indexing, speculating, algorithms and value making through ‘just trusting’ systems, is made tangible through insisting that these phenomena are potential material for artistic practicing. And that this practicing is to be considered the production of both artistic research and artworks.

A fourth publication will be curated by the two artists.


A fifth publication will be configured after the symposium ... Through Practices has taken place in the fall 2019.





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workshops - lecture - masterclass - reflection sessions (March 2017)

*** WORKSHOP / TRAMZWART
Julia Barrios de la Mora: Choreographing Between
Julia’s workshop is based on her theoretical-practical research, exploring human and non-human performers or agents and their intra-action in Western contemporary dance practices.
Through dialogue, scores and improvisational practice, you will investigate co-existing processes of and interacting relations between the human body and the material world it is surrounded by. From a naïve perspective, Julia will aim for finding with you different possible relationships between objects and your body, yet neither thought of nor seen. At the end of the workshop there will be an installation/performance, materializing your findings.
www.juliabarriosdelamora.com

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WORKSHOP / TRAMZWART
Julien Bruneau & Martine Huvenne: Crossing the street without …
The workshop proposes to experiment with the idea of “composition as the making of constellations”. How do you bring distinct elements together in a frame and maintain them heterogenous to each other? During the first half of the workshop, you will play through simple protocols with the two elements of the porous body and composition as constellation. A collective process will bring you from drawing on paper to various modes of action in space … During the second half of the workshop it is up to you to further explore this approach, in small groups or solo, according to your own practice and curiosity … and accompagnied by Julien in a way that fits your process.
http://somework.be/pages/JulienBruneau

*** WORKSHOP / VARIOUS SPACES PAULIGEBOUW
Miriam Rohde and Laetitia Gendre: From where we are
This interdisciplinary workshop explores notions, definitions, guises and manifestations of space and spatiality and the way we relate to and are impacted by them. You will take up space. We all have stakes in space. Sometimes in ways that are obvious and easy to see through, at other times our relations to and associations with and within space and spatiality are complex, subtle and ramified. That`s where things start to get interesting.
During three days you will unfold a process that originates in yourself and what you are perceiving through the spaces surrounding you. This process will find expression with the help of ‘spatial sketches’ in which all formats and techniques are welcome: drawing, photo, film, word, sound, the body …
http://www.ceciestunmagasindevetements.com/ & http://www.laetitiagendre.com/

*** LECTURE
20/3 - 5pm: The lecture on Monday afternoon by Alex Arteaga functions as an introduction to the week's matter, Choreography as Condition and will discuss notions of ‘conditioning’ and the different understandings of that term.
http://www.architecture-embodiment.org

*** MASTER CLASS
23/3 - 2pm: Rudi Laermans invites us to think along with him and discuss with him on the ground he proposes for this master class: Social Choreography and Choreography as Scripture. In the evening he will give a KASK lecture, ) Collaboration's Liminality.
https://www.bookdepository.com/Moving-Together-Rudi-Laermans/9789078088523

*** SESSIONS IN THE CONVERSATION ROOM
During the Reflection Sessions we (Alex Arteaga, Adva Zakai, Heike Langsdorf and participants) will base our conversations on a selection of texts provided by Rudi Laermans and those we propose to the group. Participants are invited to step into the conversations fromout their personal perspectives and share their current questions and/or insights related to the proposed frame, Choreography as Condition.

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Social Choreography / Choreography as Scripture