Caveat is a collective research into the ecology of artistic practice. It is initiated by Jubilee, in partnership with Open Source Publishing, No New Enemies and Été 78. Caveat tries to find more sustainable, balanced ways of operating within the existing legal frameworks. And when the limits of the existing system are reached, it tries to come up with possible new narratives that open up space for reflection.

Report of Caveat Reading Room #14: Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera

Produser: Julien de Smet, Ronny Heiremans, Heike Langsdorf, Vanessa Müller, Filip Van Dingenen, Stijn Van Dorpe, Clémentine Vaultier, and Katleen Vermeir.

Bibliography: The Orphans of Tar

Caveat Reading Room #14: Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera

Caveat Reading Room #14: Orphans of Tar - A Speculative Opera

The Orphans of Tar, a factual-fiction, features fictitious characters that are rooted in real-life questions and considers a more inclusive society, a sustainable art ecology and the search for possible Third Spaces... For this online Caveat Reading Room, we invite you to gather around this co-authored publication as an occasion to discuss property relations and processes of speculation within and surrounding the arts field.

00:00 Introduction read by Heike Langsdorf

00:03 Third Space

06:32 Vanessa Müller reads from "We consider", p 13

00:08 Top-down social engineering in Ghent's Rabot neighborhood. Quote by Donna Haraway.

00:12 Michiel Reynaert asks about Third Spaces in the project.

11:10 Danielle van Zuijlen on the "spaces" at play in the project.

13:24 Ronny Heiremans on Third Spaces

14:20 Julien De Smet on Tondelier's fenced-off construction site and its relation to the form of the book/project - libretto, creating proximity

16:16 Stijn Van Dorpe reads from "A third space is a safe space", p 11. Footnote 9 containing understandings of Third Spaces on p 28. From "I'm wondering" p 73 about co-writing.

21:27 Stijn Reads from Didier Eribon, 'Retour à Reims' ...on class and culture.

24:27 Ronny on fiction and reality. Real estate and real construction sites.

00:26 Ronny returns question about Third Spaces to Michiel. Michiel and Ronny about physical and mental aspects.

30:19 Stijn on a project he did together with Kelly Schacht. Slam artists work with Tondelier site.

00:32 Filip Van Dingenen, Stijn and Ronny on critical, aesthetic and political potential of slam art

00:34 Julien on (im)material spaces.

35:25 Heike reads from "When the People" on p 56, on being heard, social inequality, love.

38:42 Ronny on structure of the book: making of, different character protagonist descriptions.

42:44 Katleen reads from "For the shareholder activists", p 62 on real estate property relationships.

46:08 Vanessa on art and life, speculation, value (of dust), shareholders. Who has a right to be on the site of speculation?

51:24 Katleen on cycles of value, absorbsion by elite.

53:58 Danielle on artists' fund that was proposed. Fictional space of art

55:23 Katleen on precarious contracts. Danielle on "overstaying our welcome", contract. Legitimacy of art. Artists as mosquitos making noise.

57:25 Ronny on actors and policies involved. Shared equity and co-ownership. How can possible ways out of real estate problems at hand be proposed? A Modest Proposal

1:00:00 Katleen on spaces of class

1:01:05 Danielle and Ronny on overcomplicated/failed projects

1:02:44 Airport disowns dwellers surrounding it

1:03:25 Danielle: overstaying our welcome, liberation from contract with commissioners, freedom

1:05:55 Michiel on similar experience in Zennestraat Brussels

1:10:01 Heike on buying, ownership by (an) artist(s).

1:11:50 Jesse on community landtrust, built on a principle of co-ownership.

1:13:10 Jesse and Katleen on Permanent and Asilo Commons in Naples. Vanessa writes: Schwarzatal

1:19:25 Ronny and Vincent on the 'abcatio juris' by Franciscan Order, who preferred to have a right anything. Colonial mechanism of bringing the western principle of ownership to other parts of the world. Principle of improvement leading to ownership

1:24:25 Azad Asifovich about Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platform in Baku Azerbaijan: collective ownership independent of family, capital, etc. Role in gentrification of area.

1:28:55 Azad on Guild House that was reappropriated in Log Horizon.

1:30:32 Ronny on equity law, historical legal principle that is still of relevance

1:33:29 Heike reads from "In 1940" on p. 88.

1:37:30 Julien on the role of Tar.

1:40:02 Filip Van Dingenen on cleaning up polluted construction sites and following the tar and its relationships.

1:43:42 Julien reading from "A sole desire", p. 99

1:46:04 Clémentine on visual elements at the site "artist's impressions" of what the building would look like - imagining the opera shown on it

1:48:07 Clémentine reading the refrain p. 26

1:49:05 Vincent on artistic questions of a possible opera on basis of the project.

1:52:16 Filip on possible languages of scripting speculation.

1:54:12 Filip reads on p. 12 from "Umberto Eco argues"

1:55:45 Ronny on open-formatted process.

1:58:50 Vanessa on shared property and common language.