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 is a long term project that stems from radical_hope's practices: it presents a physical place, a framework and a logic.

It is also a possibility for Heike Langsdorf to connect her pedagogical experience -- which she could gain during the last ten years -- back to the artistic field:

° How to make art worthy of its time?
As 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?
What 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 temporally and spatially entangeled. Here just a short overview:

Luikenaarsstraat 2 is the address of the house -- its  physical appearance -- where people can live, work and present together. 'Just another house' (in 'just another neigborhood'). After its transformation this house now 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.

Bridging from School
In 2021/22 radical_house develops the framework Bridging from School: first and foremost a way of working with young people, who are still studying or have just graduated, to make their practices not yet introduced to the field: this is done not only by following their work, mentoring or coaching them, giving them feedback but very concretely, by setting up projects which need the presence and knowledge anquored in their practices. Like this they are actually introducing themselves while practicing, not by presenting their ideas and philosphies via dossiers and portfolios. Currently, through a collaboration with AISA (arts in society award) radical_house is mentoring their candidates.

House of Practices is exploring permeability: how to make space in existing places? Inititally, in dialogue, through their practices and those of guests, Simone Basani, Hans Bryssinck, Heike Langsdorf and Miriam Rohde, want to come closer to what the transformative power of a physical place can be: What does a place with its specific history, former and current inhabitants/users allow for? What makes it relational and permeable and for whom? How do our practices create closeness and distance to one another? What of it contributes to the making of community, and what to avoiding or even destroying it? In 2020/21 House of Practices received a research grant by the Flemish Authorities. In 2022 Basani, Langsdorf and Rohde continue the quest. Currently, invited by the post-master programme a.pass / Brussels they develop a little mentoring system for the next block in the fall 2022.

radical_house's relatives

partners / supporters / collaborators / in dialogue with:
Miriam Rohde, Simone Basani, Hans Bryssinck, SPIN (CO-DISCO), Merel Vercoutere & Stine Sampers/KAAP, nadine, Elke Van Campenhout, The Monastery, ZSenne art lab, Agnes Quackels/Kaaitheater, Ann Van De Vyvere/Demos, Alice Ciresola, Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir/Jubilée, Lilia Mestré/apass, Fransien van der Putt, David Weber Krebs, SQUEEZE (Anne-Beth Schuurmans, Marie-Rose Mayele), Mathilde Villeneuve & Bram Coeman/BUDA, Danielle van Zuijlen/Kunsthal Ghent, Guy Gypens/Kanaal, Botschaft (Julien de Smet, Clémentine Vaultier, Vanessa Müller).

previous users / temporary residents: Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Alex Arteaga, Simone Basani, José Jesus, Julien Bruneau, Isabel Burr Raty, Caveat / Jubilee, Co-Disco, Hans Bryssinck, Lisa Coppi, Wouter De Raeve & Paula Almiron, Laura Deschepper, Klaas Devos, Helena Dietrich, Roger Fähndrich, C.G. Huber, Conrad Bongard Hamilton, Céline Laloire, Heike Langsdorf, Irina Lavrinovic, Irene Lehmann, Asher Lev, Anouk Llaurens, Adil Mabchour, Ernst Maréchal, Carolina Mendonça, N.C., radical_hope, Miriam Rohde, Merel Severs, Stijn Smeets, 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 Geldhof), PAWS (Iris Donders, Marius Lefever, Senne Vanderschelden, Judith Dhondt), Laura Oriol, Berno Odo Polzer & son, Out of Order Contemplations, Anne-Beth Schuurmans, Trois Points Collectief, Julien Vaissier, Fransien van der Putt, Nikolas Van Laere, Iris van Peppen, Bastian Eduardo Oviedo Vivanco, Elke Van Campenhout, Clémentine Vaultier,...

permanent residents: Heike Langsdorf & Frankie Nina Langsdorf

cleaning together with: Adil Mabchour (2020/21), Frankie Langsdorf (2022)


PAWS (10/8 - 17/8)
NOON project (5/10 - 23/10)
BKFF online workshop 1 (DEC 13 - 20)
To Do or Not To Do -- online brunches & open fires (DEC 19, 20, 21)
N.C. (20/7 - 27/7 2020)
Bilal Kamilla Arnout (4/8 - 9/8)
CO-Disco days (October - December)

Céline Laloire (weekly between January - March)
BKFF online workshop 2 (March 14 - 19)
Fransien van der Putt & José Jesus (April 8 - 18)
Irene Lehmann (Oct 1-10)
Out of Order Contemplations (Nov)
Launch of Choreography as Conditioning & Disclosing Practices ...through books / Reading Room (Nov 27)
Delphine Mertens & Lisa Coppi (Dec)
Jietske Vermoortele & Iris Donders (Dec)
The big leap / (Feb - April) (H. Langsdorf & S. Smeets)
Ceci / M. Gottschal, M. Rohde, S. ten Westenend (May)
CO-Disco Days (April 3, June 5, July 10)
Caveat Reading Room #15 / Clémentine Vaultier (July 26)
Clémentine Vaultier & Students (La Chambre) (Oct 25)
Unrequested Services (S. Basani/A.Ciresola, with Amina  Saadi (Oct-Feb)

Maïte Àlvarez (Jan 31 - Feb 4)
Trois Points Collective (February 14 - 23)
To The Lighthouse (March 1 - 6)
Irina Lavrinovic & Asher Lev (throughout Feb / March)
Alex Arteaga (May cancelled)
Noon Collective (6 - 10 June)
C.G. Huber (11 - 20 June)
AISA Mentor Talks (throughout the year)
Carolina Mendonça (July)
Joanneke Jouwersma & ritam Hazarika (summer 22)
a.pass mentoring block 2022 / 3 (fall 22)
Anouk Llaurens / Disclosing Practices (Nov / Dec 22)