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radical_house 2020 ...
a long term project that stems from radical_hope's practices: it presents a physical
place, a framework and a logic. When in 2013 teaching and mentoring
became an extension of Heike Langsdorf's artistic practices now radical_house stems from her pedagogical experience where 'being in dialogue' with others is her main principle ...
° How to make art worthy of its time?
an artist, teacher, researcher and mentor, I am in contact with many
younger and older people, who try to find out this question through
'action and reflection'. I want to contribute to this by making a move from my existing work ethics, radical_hope, to a new framework, radical_house.
° How can 'just another' house become a relational tool?
if one frees 'the house' of its usual connotations presenting "neither a
property nor territory to be separated and defended against who does
not belong there"? (*) It then could be considered "a void, a debt, a gift to
the other that also reminds us of our constitutive alterity with respect
to ourselves". (**)
(*/**) Roberto Esposito, Communitas - the origin and destiny of community, 1998
For me personally, the transformation (2016-19) of a Brussels family house, with architect Tania Gijsenberg, into a place for 'more than family' is a new
reality, with three work paths that are temporarily and spatially entangeled. Here just a short overview:
is the address of the house--its physical appearance--where people can
live, work and present together. 'Just another house' (in 'just another
neigborhood'), which after its transformation can host more than their
two permanent inhabitants: by opening and reducing the staircase to half
its former width, a dark cellar (previously packed with unused stuff)
became an atelier and the groundfloor became a studio with guestroom. A
big window gives view to the streets, vice versa big parts of the
working spaces can be seen from outside. The second floor is now an open
co-working space with kitchen. Dismantling some little unused
inbetween chambers on the same floor made two outside spaces possible: a
little courtyard and a terrasse. Under the roof are two rooms for the
permanent inhabitants to withdraw into.
House of Practices (HoP)
aims to understand the transformative power of this physical place and
provide a framework for exploring permeability: a reconsideration of how
we create closeness / distance to one another, what "makes" community,
and also what destroys it. What
allows a house with its specific history, former and current
inhabitants/users, what makes it relational and permeable and for
whom? This and next year, in dialogue with Miriam Rohde, Hans Bryssinck and Simone Basani, HoP
should be developed as a protocol for 'making place in places'.
(Latin: manu tenere: control): a form of organization — a system of
rotating responsibilities that turns something into an 'organ'. In
order to be present in practice with/for others in a satisfactory way,
it must be possible to hold something together at different levels:
receiving, creating, producing, presenting, curating, etc. As SPIN vzw
and radical_hope recently started developing ways for working together
in the future there is a concrete motivation
to explore on an organizatorial level what already happened in the
frame of radical_hope's co-creative processes: by wanting and being able
rotate responsibilities and practices, a core of people can ensure that
also a larger group of people can sense things, recognize them and
then 'function' together.
partners / supporters / collaborators:
Miriam Rohde, Simone Basani, Hans Bryssinck, Heike
Langdorf/radical_hope, SPIN (CO-DISCO), KAAP, nadine ...
previous users / temporary residents:
Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Alex Arteaga, Simone Basani, Julien Bruneau, Isabel Burr Raty, Co-Disco (Hans Bryssinck, Laura Deschepper and many others), Klaas Devos, Roger Fähndrich, Conrad
Bongard Hamilton, Céline Laloire, Heike Langsdorf, Irene Lehmann, Anouk Llaurens, Ernst
Maréchal, N.C., radical_hope, Miriam Rohde, Merel Severs, SPIN, The Futurology
of Cooperation (Anna Czapski & Diederik Peeters a.o.), NOON project
(October 2020 with Judith Dhont, Senne Vanderschelden, Delphine Mertens, Janka
De Waele, Jietske Vermoortele, Lena Mariën, Iris Donders and Tuur
(Iris Donders, Marius Lefever, Julien Vaissier, Senne Vanderschelden, Judith
Dhondt), Berno Odo Polzer & son, Fransien van de Putt, Nikolas Van
Laere, Bastian Eduardo Oviedo Vivanco, Wouter De Raeve & Paula
permanent residents: Heike Langsdorf & daughter
>>> guests in the frame of HoP:
N.C. (20/7 - 27/7 2020)
Bilal Kamilla Arnout (4/8 - 9/8)
BKFF 0.4 (11/11 - 22/11) POSTPONED to MARCH 21
>>> next residents / users @ Luikenaarsstraat 2:
PAWS (10/8 - 17/8)
NOON project (5/10 - 23/10)
Co-Disco (on Fridays)Céline Laloire (on Mondays)