The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera


Book presentation & shared reading session with Vermeir & Heiremans and Julien de Smet, Heike Langsdorf, Vanessa Muller, Filip Van Dingenen, Stijn Van Dorpe, Clementine Vaultier and Danielle van Zuijlen. This is an online event, please register in order to receive a zoom link


23/10/2020, 20h


A factual-fiction, The Orphans of Tar features fictitious characters that are rooted in real-life questions considering a more inclusive society, a sustainable art ecology and the search for possible 'Third Spaces'...


KASK school of arts HoGent + PILOOT present the book The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera at Kunsthal Gent. This book results from a workshop by Vermeir & Heiremans for students of Autonomous Design and Curatorial Studies at KASK Ghent. Heike Langsdorf invited Vermeir & Heiremans in the context of her series of working moments and writing processes Choreography as Conditioning, which is part of a cycle of work sessions entitled CASC at KASK. As a case-study for the workshop, Vermeir & Heiremans invited PILOOT, a group of artists and one curator, that is developing long-term artistic reflections and exercises in relation to urban developments in the Tondelier/Rabot neighbourhoods in Ghent. Filip Van Dingenen, Stijn van Dorpe and curator Danielle van Zuijlen presented their long-term project within the context of the workshop.


After the workshop at KASK the group felt the need to continue the conversation and Heike Langdorf's invitation to make a publication was taken up in the form of a co-authored process of discussing and writing. The book makes the processes how The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera came into being transparent.


Authors: Julien de Smet, Ronny Heiremans, Heike Langsdorf, Vanessa Muller, Filip Van Dingenen, Stijn Van Dorpe, Clementine Vaultier, Katleen Vermeir
Epilogue: Danielle van Zuijlen
Graphics: Gijs de Heij
Published by Art Paper Editions (2019)
Series concept: Alex Arteaga, Heike Langsdorf


The series Choreography as Conditioning is produced in the context of the research project Distraction as Discipline—an investigation into the function of attention and participation in performance art and art pedagogy (Langsdorf & Luyten 2016-2019) at KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent


Practical information:
This is a free, online event. Please register in order to receive a zoom link


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