M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte 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.

Anima Mundi (Bangkok), 1983

Photography, 2 x (180 x 120 cm).

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK005732).

Anima Mundi consists of frozen moments, recorded as photographs. Both ‘actions’ took place in Bangkok, in the open air, and are seen here from a bird’s-eye perspective. In the first image, Ulay stands at the top of the steps while Marina looks up at him from below. They are still, lifting their arms outstretched to each other. Holding this position, they remain out of each other’s reach. With their arms, that together form a circle, they seem to be wanting to embrace the world. Meanwhile, Abramovic’s shadow climbs the steps but ultimately also falls too short to touch Ulay. In the second image, they find each other. Abramovic now sits on the step, her red gown spread out around her. Ulay, dressed all in white, lies motionless on her lap. Both the artists’ pose as well as the color use make the association with a pièta – the weeping Virgin Mary who receives her son after being taken down from the cross – inevitable. Abramovic as the virgin, the female symbol of nature and the soul of the world, holds her son in her lap. He returns to her. Anima Mundi is part of the second series of performances from Abramovic and Ulay. Here, universal themes are the central focus, as in this case, with the man-woman relationship as motif. With Anima Mundi, the performances are frozen: the artists move in no plane, something that makes the images contemplative but also dramatic.

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>part I

>part II

>Marina Abramović & Ulay, Anima Mundi (Bangkok), 1983


> Marina Abramović & Ulay.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Superdemocracy – The Senate of Things. de Senaat, Brussel, 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.

> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part II: Interpersonal Space / Beyond Knowledge. M HKA, Antwerp, 01 July 2017 - 03 September 2017.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

> Ensemble: CONCORDIA.