With (Violent) Love: Seeing Mental Images Getting Lost and Resurface


  • Heike Langsdorf KASK school of arts HOGENT
  • Ernst Maréchal RITICS School of Arts




Encounter, Surprise, Disappointment, Vulnerability, Artistic instruments


Concepts fundamental to our (personal) systems of belief and behaviour are crumbling and falling to dust — just because we truly exit our comfort zone. These lost ideas then do transform and, after being newly informed, become as such unfamiliar but promisingly altered concepts. In our correspondence we want to acknowledge the following: that what is getting overwritten through communal and multi-perspective experience is always more promising (not yet better!) than what vanished the moment when it mismatched (our individual) ideas and lost its capacity of sense-making. Our conversation is a plea for considering mental images as going through a process of “getting born,” consolidating, dominating, corrupting and eventually losing any (convincing) agency altogether. Such a consideration is never free of devastating frustration, deep disappointment and the possible darkness of depression darkness of depression but has the power of freeing us up — moreover — freeing us from previously functioning ways of doing and thinking. Those ways might have held something in our place that freakishly doesn’t make sense in other places. We end with a call for not only rethinking and redefining authorship in discussions and on paper but finally act accordingly.

Author Biographies

Heike Langsdorf, KASK school of arts HOGENT

Heike Langsdorf (1974) is an artist exploring the performative qualities of choreographing and conditioning within and beyond the art-institutional field. Trained as a dancer, she connects to artistic making, thinking and researching through a continuous exploration of movement and choreographic principles. Currently she is affiliated as teacher and artistic researcher to KASK school of arts Hogent. She furthermore develops and presents works with radical_hope, a frame for co-creation and advanced practicing.

Ernst Maréchal, RITICS School of Arts

Ernst Maréchal (1975) is a performer, director, musician and a visual / sound artist. He searches for ways to express social themes in an artistic way, with (inter)action and public space as a focus. In practicing ways of making art as a dialogical process he involves himself in many co-creation projects and collaborated with community-art places like Globe Aroma and Manoeuvre. Currently he started a phd trajectory (RITCS  school of arts / VUB) called Social Recordings where he brings literature, peoples’ voices and field recordings together in an ongoing audible process of playing and recording.



How to Cite

Langsdorf, H., & Maréchal, E. (2020). With (Violent) Love: Seeing Mental Images Getting Lost and Resurface. Art/Research/International:/A/Transdisciplinary/Journal, 5(1), 180–214. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29500