One week before the street opera PLOT came into place in the middle of the Tondelier construction site, the workshop group of Spinning PLOT stepped “on stage”. The group observed, monitored, and learned from ongoing processes and became, directly and indirectly, part of the play.
The workshop was based on the participatory open-air opera PLOT by the artist collective PILOOT. This opera was the grand finale of a trajectory of 7 years of social artistic research and exercises. By introducing and unravelling the works of PILOOT, Spinning PLOT entered the multilayered artistic practices, which developed, and are still running around the Tondelier site – a highly gentrified area in the Rabot area in Ghent.
“As Spinning PLOT, we set up a camp at Kunsthal Gent, and made daily expeditions to Tondelier, where the artists and protagonists of the opera PLOT were active. We dug into archive material, invited the artists currently and formerly involved in the long-term practice on site, and exchanged each other’s artistic interests in this experimental context.
Based on methodologies of co-narrating, we took an outside satellite perspective on opera PLOT, to realise scenes of our own. A scene, being a moment, in which participants made their experience tangible in the medium of their choice, supported by the group. Together we went investigating the Opera in the making, meeting the various acteurs through helping, questioning, and sometimes disturbing the collective process we joined.”
The workshop was realized through the frameworks of radical house / Bridging from School, PILOOT, and Nomadic School of Arts.
Julien de Smet, Vanessa Müller, and Clémentine Vaultier, alumni of Autonomous Design, KASK School of Arts organised Spinning PLOT. Together they form BOTSCHAFT, a collective that developed shared interests in intertwining practices, politics of space, and storytelling. BOTSCHAFT is a research-based facilitator and messenger – Botschafter – to connect and fuse individual research interests within and beyond art school