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.
A short presentation of the current research sitting with the body and what possibly will stem from it next year is given on the invitation by SPACE and VTI, in the context of Destinations and the Out Of The Box conference.
[>>> more on SITTING WITH THE BODY - the research]
[>>> SWTB image bank September 2013]
projecting the future - heike lagsdorf 4/9/13, brussels
'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7' will be a retreat in public space, held in the centre of a city, lasting 148 hours. Following a strict time schedule, this group choreography draws physical material from the spheres of dance, religious meditation, handicrafts and political protest. Its images all originate from one single image: that of a sitting body, in a high state of concentration. 'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7' will be performed in a gallery space by people with very different social and professional backgrounds and for a public of passers-by. Depending on the time of the day, it can be observed from outside through display windows or physically joined.
The production in spe 'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7' results from a year-long movement research based on ‘sitting with the body’, a buddhist exercise for body and mind which teaches us to look inward. Due to an ideal alignment of the skeleton and the movement apparatus, breath can flow undisturbed and the blood circulation is optimized. This withdrawn state can reduce the egoistic drives in a person and helps him to see the bigger context. Together with the choreographer, dramaturge and yoga practitioner Renée Copraij I worked on this and other bodily and mental practices such as walking and standing meditation, Pranayama, chanting, Asanas, Alexander technique, Katsugen, massage, box, Tarot, I-Ching, hand-reading,... In a second phase other people joined the research process too. These co-sitters regularly meet as the SWTB reading group and form the cast of SITTING WITH THE BODY.
The location of SITTING WITH THE BODY can be described as a ‘heterotopic place’, a single place wherein several incompatible spaces are juxtaposed. First of all, the choreography occurs in a gallery in the middle of a busy urban area. Just like a shop, a fitness studio, an office or a café it is framed by display windows. Passers-by are separated physically but not visually from what happens inside. The physical separation between performers and their audience also defines the theatrical space: no one thinks of jumping on stage in order to save the dying hero of a play. On top of that, the location echoes a sacred space. Just like a church, a mosque or a temple it is a place reserved for contemplation and prayer and characterized by a strong behavioral codex.
The images on display are based on forms of meditation, dance, prayer, handwork and peaceful protest. Day and night, they are physically executed or projected in the form of videos. Like prayer cards, they are made for contemplation and prayer. The scenography, costumes, light design and soundscape all serve to intensify these images.
'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7' lasts 148 hours. Its different images are structured according to a strict time schedule, characterized by daily repetitions and slight variations. As such, the choreography is juxtaposed to the routine of a city with its working hours, lunch breaks, peek hours and night regimes. At regular moments the door of the gallery will be opened, giving passers-by the opportunity to enter the space and join the performance, thus becoming part of the image. A caretaker will be present to inform and guide these temporary visitors.
In February 2014 a proto-day will be presented at ZSenne art lab, Brussels. I consider 'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7) a piece for touring, but always adapted in situ. After realizing it in Brussels, I would like to produce it for other cities.
... currently there are conversations with people, with who I would like to work for the Brussels version of 'SITTING WITH THE BODY - 7/7' ...