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.

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radical_house 2020 ...



18-01-2020 [• DAD - education • CASC at KASK ]




[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?

Thinking Conditioning through Practice, the first book in this series, addresses the question of how these practices destabilize and (re)constitute the concept of conditioning through six writing processes performed by Alex Arteaga, Julia Barrios de la Mora, Julien Bruneau, Laetitia Gendre & Miram Rohde, Heike Langsdorf and Kristof Van Baarle.

Practicing Futures through Voicing the second book in this series, connects with the first book’s concern with how practices destabilize and (re)constitute the concept of conditioning. It does so by questioning how to process life in a way that allows us to create volume, take space, and find our (tone of) voice—first in our immediate surroundings and, through this, in the world as it struggles and moves toward ongoing futures.

The Orphans of Tar -- A Speculative Opera answers the question posed in the second book by transforming life into voices and presenting possible mindsets through co-authoring a factual fiction. As such, it constitutes a mental space in which ficti­tious characters find an almost disturbing expansion of their thoughts. Accordingly, the book can be considered as an alle- gory of human thoughts as (possible) actions: what could happen becomes what does happen. For better and worse.

Choreography as Self-Conditioning — A Written Exhibition (House of Ear)
is in the making ...

… Through Practices
is as well in the making ...


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 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 time. 

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 technification.
... 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.

Folder & Credits <<<

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)

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.

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.

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 …
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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.

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.

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