M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Ensemble: Poetical License

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This notion emerged from a work by Sarenco when we were pairing him and Paul De Vree with Costis, during a reflection on visual poetry.

Poetical can be interpreted as the license to break, extend and ignore the pre-existing rules in the process of creating, primarily but not exclusively used in reference to literature. This license is the underlying precondition of all artistic evolution as it allows an artist to escape constraints and to add new paradigms. For authors working in the poesia visiva, poetical license became the vehicle for merging the written word with image and for the development of a new grammar that allowed signs from different origins. Poetical license as a gesture and symbol of limitless artistic freedom became a tool for political commitment.

The spirit of Sarenco’s iconic 1969 work Poetical License, is abundant also in the works of the other poets: in De Vree’s engagement with revolution and the need for it to remain in perpetual movement, in his concern about the population’s increasing mistrust of democracy and of the politicians’ power play and in exposing the sensationalism used by the media to manipulate facts and emotions; in Costis’ work where the people become an expressive mass and the word is transformed in a very physical silence.

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>Sarenco, Poetical License, 1969.Mixed Media, digital print, canvas, 99 x 64 cm.

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> Costis, We, 1970.Drawing, ink, paper, 90 x 55 cm.


>Paul De Vree, Mao-flag, 1971.Photography, photo emulsion, canvas, 80 x 70 cm.


>Paul De Vree, Revolutie II, 1972.Photography, photo emulsion, canvas, 60 x 70 cm.


>Paul De Vree, De Mens, 1973.Print, ink, paper, 51 x 82 cm.


>Paul De Vree, De paddestoelen der gramschap, 1973.Photography, photo emulsion, canvas, 83 x 68 cm.


>Paul De Vree, Altijd nog hetzelfde spel op de wagen, 1973-2002.Print, ink, canvas, 97 x 97 cm.


>Paul De Vree, Parlement, 1973.Photography, photo emulsion, canvas, 55 x 70 cm.


>Paul De Vree, Hysteria makes history, 1973.Drawing, photo emulsion, canvas, 95 x 68 cm.

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> Costis, Silence. The poem is on the ribbon, 1976.Drawing, paper, charcoal, ink ribbon, 110 x 70 cm.