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.

Model Turned Comedian, 2013

Book, 19.2 x 12.8 cm, 71 p, language: English, publisher: Portland, Oregon: Publication Studio/Social Malpractice Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-62462-010-2.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/569).

Literary synopsis

This comical work of fiction traces a story from the first-person perspective of a young woman working as a "model" in Los Angeles. Over a period of several years, she transitions into a career stand-up comic who achieves a considerable amount of success while alienating many of those around her. Along this path she discovers three types of love and almost kicks David Letterman in the face. Guertin draws comparisons between the struggles of a present day Pierrot with that of a contemporary artist.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Heather Guertin is a painter, writer and stand-up comedian. She works within these distinct genres but allows her ideas to move between them so one medium informs the other. Her novella was inspired by her writings for stand-up, expanding lines and passages into full-length fiction. Her comedy, in turn, makes use of her paintings when she uses them to address her own real life as a painter. The paintings have structural affinities with comedy, where the risk of quickly articulating a figure into wet paint is not unlike a comic finding the right timing on stage.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.