#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#40: Follow the artist|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#26: More artists, less borders.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#40: Follow the artist|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#26: More artists, less borders.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|
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23.10.2020 20:00

Book presentation & long reading session - ONLINE

Pay what you can

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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