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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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Vermeir & Heiremans Art House Index - Masquerade

02-05-2015 [• shop shop • economy • making images ]
Ronny Heiremans and Katleen Vermeir invited Heike Langsdorf to develop and enact a socalled character cluster for her film Masquerade, the third part of their endeavor Art House Index.

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MASQUERADE – A Video
The ephemeral worlds of ‘high finance’ and the ‘global art markets’, offer a unique context in which the narrative of MASQUERADE is set. Art, like finance, is a system of belief and their markets are where this belief is put to work. Without belief in the myths that encircle art (and finance) and without trust in the integrity of the system, art (and finance) may become meaningless.
 
Synopsis
MASQUERADE is set in a fragmented environment that gradually evolves from a gallery white cube to an auction house / trading pit, and to a courtroom. Flatscreens on the walls offer exclusive interiors with views on unique global skylines. Vitrines are branded with a logo referring to a so-called ART HOUSE INDEX, the new financial instrument that merges art and real estate.
 
A reporter is telling the story of the protested ‘initial public offering’ of ART HOUSE INDEX. While she is addressing the camera, what appears to be a reconstruction of the IPO is taking place in the background. And then it all starts going wrong again!
 
The happy-people atmosphere of this social event starts to crumble as a discourse on controlled pricing shifts the narrative to a context of conspiracy and manipulation, in which different protagonists give testimony on particular claims that are being made, or is it accusations they are expressing?
 
Is the audience witnessing insider-sales in an auction house, or is it a hearing in a courtroom that they are attending, one that tries to unveil the intricate dynamics of a fraud? The whole situation gradually transforms into a multilingual landscape of opinions.
 
 
Masquerade
Production year: 2015
Inaugural presentation: 2015
Production country: Belgium
Languages: English
Subtitling: Dutch
Duration: +/- 55’
Image: HDV / Color
Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Production: LIMITED EDITIONS vzw
Executive production: JUBILEE vzw
Co-production: Bernaerts Auctioneers (Antwerp), 4th Dojima River Biennale (Osaka), Goldsmiths, University of London, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Musea Brugge, Stroom Den Haag, Triennale Brugge 2015, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam)
Supported by Flemish Audiovisual Fund (Filmlab) and the Femish Community

Credits

Cast
TV-REPORTER Andrea Phillips
MUSICIAN/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Michael Schmid
FRANK GOODMAN, MARKET WATCHER Werner Van Steen
ARTISTS DUO Vermeir & Heiremans
CHARACTER CLUSTERS
Mon Bernaerts, Philip Brackx, Hans Bruysinck, Elien Hanselaer, Nav Haq, Liliane Keersmaeker, Heike Langsdorf, Karlijn Sileghem, Peter Sileghem, Fatos Ustek, Sun-Mee Vanpanteghem, Werner Van Steen, Mi You + about a hundred EXTRA'S recruited by 'In the Picture'

Team
Concept, Scenario & Direction: Vermeir & Heiremans
Camera 1: Amir Borenstein
Camera 2: Katleen Vermeir
Camera 3: Yishai Gassenbauer
Sound / Bruitage: Justin Bennett
Edit & Effects: Vermeir & Heiremans / Borenstein
Production: Katrien Reist, Marjolein van der Boon, Reintje Daans
Set Design: Dieter Leysen, Ciel Grommen
Set Construction: Gaia Carabillo, Louis Philippe
Light: Ludo Engels, Jeroen Wuyts
Costume: Mieja Hollevoet, Lieve Meeussen, Fauve Ryckebusch
Legal advice: Sari Depreeuw
Financial Advice: Peter Sileghem, Werner Van Steen
Still photography: Michael De Lausnay