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: Orbanism

©image: M HKA, Antwerp


This term, created by Luc Deleu, led us to pairing him with Allan Sekula and Dimitris Alithinos.

‘Orbanism’ can be described as the worldview which positions the planetary scale as the second relevant scale besides that of the human being. After decades of political, technological and social evolution towards the “global village”, global transport and information networks have increased in complexity, amplifying connectivity and freedom of movement. However, the outcome of this was globalisation, a homogenised regime of exploitation, which Sekula analysed poignantly as having started in the oceans, with the unflagging of ships.  Artists developing other modes of engaging with this planetary scale may offer crucial alternatives as they restore the complexity of interrelations among people and between people and other components of the world, be it through a Shamanistic approach like in Alithinos’ Concealments, or through urbanism as in Deleu’s architectural projects that merge structural macro-decisions and the chaotic energy of life.

Sekula proposes an analysis from real life in this chapter of Fish Story, Deleu plans a trip around the world – he made one himself with a sailing boat – in 80 days, and offers an idea for a floating university, whereas Alithinos integrates the world through a webbing of real actions.

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>Luc Deleu, Mobile Medium University Revisited (floating U.I.A.), 1972-1982.Mixed Media, wood, plastic, paint, plexi, 110 x 60 x 25 cm.

>Dimitris Alithinos, 201 Concealments 1981-2016, 1981-2016.Installation, variable dimensions .

>Allan Sekula, Middle Passage, Chapter 3 from Fish Story (1990 - 1993), 1990-1993.Photography, variable dimensions .

>Luc Deleu, In 80 dagen rond de wereld - around the world in 80 days Weber - Madrid - Weber, 1993.Installation, mixed media, 193 x 102 cm.