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.

Mass and Individual Moving

1976 - 1985

In 1976, Mass and Individual Moving (MAIM) rises like a phoenix from the ashes, after the abrupt and violent end of Mass Moving. It's a metaphor they use themselves. On 22 March 1977, the city of Antwerp celebrates the 400th birthday of baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), and MAIM detonates a bomb on the vanished Flemish polder village of Lillo. The first action of the new collective, now under the slightly more explicit supervision of Raphaël Opstaele, is a series of radioactive monuments.

The energy crisis of the early 1970s and the ensuing anti-nuclear energy movement feed the debate on alternative energy. MAIM wants to be independent and, like its predecessor Mass Moving, consults natural power sources such as sun and wind. It is that ecological autonomy that prevails, and in which its members differ from the utopian do-gooders, and their desire for freedom. It's a different time. MAIM has its feet on the ground and thrives on the flow of event spectacle, making itinerant monuments and using the connecting power of poetry. Just like a circus, MAIM wants to entertain and confront the audience.

MAIM is a so-called 'vzw', or non-profit organisation, founded by Raphaël Opstaele, Barbara Hahn, Luc Schuiten, Pierre Gonay and Claire Lamy. Unlike the members of Mass Moving's wild loose collective, the people who worked on MAIM projects were paid.

In 1985, 'Mecano Art' is first mentioned, created by ORAS, acronym of Raphaël Opstaele's full name: Opstaele Raphaël August Serapfin. From then on, MAIM will continue under this name and focus on large mechanical sculptures that function like metaphors for serious problems in this world. Every project requires months or years of technical and financial preparations. Where in our technological science fiction world, everything gets smaller and smaller, ORAS makes everything bigger and bigger, treading in the footsteps of the giants from our children's books.


>Mass and Individual Moving , Radioactief Monument, 1976-1977.Happening.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Disaster Simulation/Fade Away - Radio-Actief monument nº6 (mass and individual moving), 1977.Book, ink, paper, 30.5 x 22 cm, loose-leaf, language : Dutch, English, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum & Rubens 77 vzw, Antwerpen.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Kringloop – uitgeverij de storm, 1978.Sculpture, 9 x 7,75 m.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Zeven Helden van de Grote Paradox, 1978-1988.Sculpture, 6 x 4 x 2,85 m.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Ecce Homo, 1979.Happening.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Pioneer, 1981.Sculpture.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Phoenix, 1982-1984.Sculpture, 6 x 11 x 4,5 m.

>Mass and Individual Moving , Gloria, 1985.Sculpture, 4,5 x 4 x 4 m.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Mass (and Individual) Moving. 13 May 2023 - 03 September 2023.