ABOUT THIS SITE >>> This site is a blog as well as an archive. It gives visibility to the continues working of radical_hope, its current move to radical_house, the research project Distraction As Discipline (2016 - 2019) and the process of OTÇOE - works for passers-by, a working trajectory (2013 and 2014).
radical_house is a long term project and has a threefold nature: it presents a physical place, a framework and a logic. When in 2013 teaching and mentoring became an extension of Langsdorf's artistic practices now radical_house stems from her pedagogical experience where 'being in dialogue' with others is her main principle.
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 bodily, 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.
[CASC] was 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: Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Alex Arteaga, Tawny Andersen, Julia Barrios de la Mora, Simone Basani, Joris Blanckaert, Julien Bruneau, Gaia Carabillo, Boyzie
Cekwana, Julien De Smet, Anne Dekerk, Klaas Devos, Emilie Gallier,
Lauren Grusenmeyer, David Helbich, Antony Hudek, Anouk Llaurens, Barbara Raes, School of Love, Laetitia Gendre, Rudi Laermans, Irene Lehmann, Bauke Lievens, Lilia Mestre, Miriam Rohde, Mårten
Spångberg, Laura Oriol, Elowise Vandenbroecke, Fransien van der Putt, Kristof Van Baarle, Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir, Adva Zakai a.o.
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, first worked with students in a series
of workshops, lectures, masterclasses and projects (collaborations of different departments at KASK) and eventually were brought together through the symposium, ... Through Practices in the fall 2019.
>>> More about the different guests and projects further below.
An essay-writing proces was running in parallel to the unfolding of the guest-projects, leading to a series of publications.The books included in the series Choreography as Conditioning are thus rooted in the cycle of work sessions mentioned above, in which students worked together with invited guests. They explore the notions of choreography, understood as ways of organizing subjects in their surroundings, and conditioning in both art-making and society-making. Where, how, and by whom are things organized and what kind of landscapes of experience are made (im)possible by the practices we enact and encounter?
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.
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 Futures through Voicing. <<<
In February 2019, and as a third working moment, 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 third publication, The Orphans of Tar -- A Speculative Opera <<< is co-authored on invitation by the two artists towards the participants who were interested to invest into the subjet matter beyond the workshop.
A fourth CASC at KASK moment, a mastercalss with David Helbich, happened in the fall 2018 and April 2019 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
A fourth publication -- currently in the making -- will be a 'written exhibition', reflecting the working process with David Helbich & Joris Blanckaert and the resulting project House of Ear.
The last event within the artistic research
trajectory ‘Distraction as Discipline’ at KASK and the fifth working moment of CASC at KASK was ... Through Practices. This
framework presented the exploration and maintenance
of artistic research practices as artistic work. It is a
further manifestation of Heike Langsdorf’s interest in
reclaiming attention and participation as a resistant
potential in art and art pedagogy in times of massive
... Through Practices invited to explore the ecology of one’s personal attention and sense for participation. A variety of guided and hosted scores and protocols made tangible how our mind’s presence is influenced by how we move and take part in things (and vice versa).
... Through Practices did not end with any conclusion
concerning the subject matter and instead invites to
attend the performance Mount Tackle (Revisited) on
30 & 31 October 20h at Vooruit / Ghent: A revision of
the piece that served at the beginning of Distraction as
Discipline as a door for entering the process. Now it
serves as a door for continuing the search.
A fifth publication is currently in the making and reflects the symposium ... Through Practices which was installed and performed during the fall 2019.
*********************************************workshops - lecture - masterclass - reflection sessions (March 2017)