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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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SHOP SHOP - The Christmas Wonder 2013

23-12-2013 [• shop shop • exemplary practices • economy ]
The last week before Christmas 2013 we know that we will have the support of the commune but we still don't have a place. By the end of the week we found it. Monday 23rd of December we signed the contract.

The 'good news email' from Friday 20 December:



    Subject:     The Christmas Wonder of SHOP SHOP
    Date:     4 Jan 2014 17:21:41 GMT+01:00


Hey dears!
We have a space: I will tell you its story and if no-one objects, the contract will be signed next Monday, 23 December 2013 at 11h: rue Riboucourt 112

I rightnow come from meeting Abdilsam, our landloard in spe!

He convinced me first, - the famous 5 seconds went very well!! - the space came second!

Location:
Embedded in a busy shop fenced street with loads of people passing by: there are coiffeurs, electro, tele-fax, boulangerie (Seba's boulangerie!!), food-stores etc.

More or less 'at' Metrostation Riboucourt since it is located at the beginning of the street (the part of rue Riboucourt that leads to rue Picard / Tour&Taxis.)

When I visited it around 13:45 sun was falling into the space.

Interiour conditions:
very very OK, electro certificate comes with the contract, toilet, gas, light, water, air ventilating system, heating - even a shower (only missing a shower-head).
Freshly painted, though not our color I  am afraid. :) Up to us to make this up.
It's a troi-piece, quite big window towards a little courtyard (which Abdilsam wants to tidy up very soon, I suggested we plant some good plants ...), so we can open the window for fresh air and soon maybe a OK view ...

For the rest emptied out, still mirrors hanging, reminding us of the previous function = hairdresser.

Lot's of electro plugs. :)

Window to the streets not very special but we can make this up in order to attract the passers-by view.

In this respect the space reminds me on Naszia's place.

The owner himself reminds me on Naszia too !!!

He is a very progressive symphatetic Marrocain, living in the house with his family, one wife (who I quickly met), 5 kids.

He said that Raquel nicely explained the project and that he wants to support us also morally within the neighbourhood. Everybody knows him well :)

Reason why the space is to rent:
He made a point out if it in order to explain prize and situation.
The hairdresser business went very very well (lot's of passers-by) until the hairdresser got an injury recently. Now she has to rest atleast 6 months. She asked him if she could leave and if he would help her by finding himself a new renter. He said they always had a good relation, so he relieved her from searching someone new before going in rehab: and there he is: happy to rent the space to us, who want to pay his suggested prize 850€, before it was 1000 - bon, I dougt it ;) but everybody his/her sense of fiction). 2 months deposit (=1700).
First month he wants to give us discount (50%), sth I will start to believe once I see the contract...

However and very important: I have a very good feeling with him as well as with the location!

So as I said, run if you want to stop this contract from being signed on Monday!
:)

Big Christmas Hugs!

Hope to see you on Monday or later but as soon as possible...

XH
  

... and then we signed the contract.