23.10.2020 – 20:00


KASK + PILOOT present:
The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera

Book presentation & long reading session - ONLINE

202003 orphansoftar books

Friday, 23 October 2020, 20:00
KASK school of arts HoGent + PILOOT present:
The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera
Book presentation & long reading session

Join us ONLINE for an evening with The Orphans of Tar! The Orphans will read their book for and with you this evening.

Tune in via zoom - please register here and we will send you the zoom link.

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'.

The Orphans have their roots in the Tondelier urban Development in Ghent. In this book, they envision a fictional future of the site through characters like The Tar, The Anxious Explorer, Miss Trust, The Lobbyist From the Grave and The People.

The book 'The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera' results from a workshop by the artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans for students of Autonomous Design and Curatorial Studies at KASK Ghent in 2019. Heike Langsdorf, artist/researcher at KASK, 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 public art platform, a group of artists and a curator, that is developing long-term artistic reflections and exercises in relation to the urban development of the Tondelier/Rabot neighbourhoods in Ghent. This construction site became the location for a fictional future that was developed in the workshop.
After the workshop the group decided 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 process of how The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera came into being transparent.

The Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera
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

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